A woman and her husband have filed a personal injury suit claiming that when she entered a Wal-Mart store, an unreasonably dangerous and defective floor mat caused her to trip and fall.

Six weeks after the incident occurred, Barbara and Billy W. Allen filed suit in the Marshall Division of the Eastern District of Texas on May 20 naming The Matworks Company LLC and Wal-Mart Stores Texas LLC as defendants.

The suit claims that similar accidents and injuries are a common occurrence at the store.

The suit claims that the store had so many prior issues with the mats that had used duct tape to keep the mats from rolling up and becoming the trip hazard the store knew they had a propensity to be.

The suit alleges negligence on the part of Wal-Mart for failure to properly maintain the floor and for continuing to use the floor mat in question, despite knowing it was defective and presented an unreasonable danger to the public.

The suit claims strict liability and negligence on the part of The Matworks for manufacturing a floor mat that was “not reasonably safe, and not reasonably safe for its intended use.”

The suit further alleges that the floor mat in question failed to comply with The Matworks’ safety standards or industry safety standards. Allen also claims the defendant failed to warn or give notice of the defective condition and qualities of the floor mat.

The Allens seek damages exceeding $75,000 for medical costs, physical impairment, pain and suffering, mental anguish, physical disfigurement, and lost consortium.
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