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Dollar General named in premises liability suit after broken hip

Whether guarding against wet floors, falling objects or hazardous parking lots, property owners in Washington, D.C. and across the nation have a responsibility to the general public to keep their premises free of hazards. When they fail to do so, the results can be detrimental. A premises liability lawsuit was filed recently in another state.

A woman sued the national retail chain Dollar General, Inc., after she slipped and fell on the sidewalk in front of one of its stores. In March 2016, the complaint alleges, the pedestrian sidewalk in front of the building was missing a piece of concrete. She claims this caused her to fall, resulting in a number of serious physical injuries.

According to the complaint, the woman fractured her right intertrochanteric hip, and now also suffers from scarring from the surgeries that were required to address her injuries. Additionally, she suffered severe bruising and contusions over her entire body but especially to her stomach and right elbow. Thus far, the complaint states, her resulting medical expenses total at nearly $65,000.

The premises liability lawsuit alleges, among other charges, that the defendants failed to repair the walkway to a safe condition for pedestrians, and furthermore did not place any signs or markers to warn passersby or patrons of the potentially hazardous conditions. Additionally, the defendant is said to have violated a local ordinance that requires sidewalks to be maintained in an unobstructed and safe condition. For this negligence, the woman is seeking damages in excess of $35,000. Anyone in the Washington, D.C., area who suffers serious injuries due to a similar accident may have grounds to pursue a premises liability claim for monetary damages, and an attorney with experience litigating these types of cases can offer guidance and ongoing support.

Source: pennrecord.com, "Broken hip and subsequent surgery the fault of Dollar General, complaint alleges", Nicholas Malfitano, Dec. 7, 2017

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