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Man damages eye in slip and fall, files suit against Lowes

Home improvement giant Lowes is being sued by a Philadelphia couple after a man's eye was injured while at a store located on Christopher Columbus Boulevard in South Philadelphia in April 2012. The premises liability lawsuit alleges that during the incident, the man slipped and fell over a hazard at the location in question. His left eye was damaged in the fall. The suit says the injuries to the man's eye included a ruptured globe with anterior vitrectomy iris suture with repositioning.

The slip and fall caused emotional tension, impairment of earning ability, eye pain and other personal injuries, according to the suit. In addition, the man's wife is claiming loss of consortium, alleging she has been deprived of her husband's companionship and love due to the incident. The couple is seeking more than $50,000 and wants costs and attorney's fees, as well. It is likely they want his medical bills covered.

The exact cause of the slip-and-fall incident is not listed in the lawsuit, but it does allege that Lowes and a managing employee from another store are responsible for the injuries. According to the suit, the two parties were negligent for failing to warn of the dangerous condition, failing to prevent the accident, for failing to eliminate the hazard and failing to properly inspect the premises.

An attorney for Lowes has requested that the case be moved from Philadelphia's Common Pleas Court to the U.S. District Court. This is because the suit is seeking a considerable amount of money and the citizenship of the parties are different.

If you have been hurt on the premises of another party, speak to a qualified attorney about your injuries and the circumstances surrounding the incident. Your attorney can advise you on your rights and options, including a possible civil suit against those responsible.


Source: 
Pennsylvania Record, "Defense petitions federal court to take up slip-and-fall case against Lowes" Jon Campisi, Aug. 16, 2013

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