Woman Files Trip-And-Fall Suit Against J.C. Penney

Woman files trip-and-fall suit against J.C. PenneyAn Orange, Texas woman recently filed a personal injury lawsuit against a local JCPenney, alleging that the store's staff were negligent in placing a sign in a high-traffic area.

Wilda Stewart claims that she and her husband were shopping in the department store in 2008, when she tripped on a sign that had allegedly been placed in a high-traffic footpath inside the store, the Southeast Texas Record reports.

The section of the sign that Stewart allegedly tripped on was transparent, therefore posing "an unreasonable risk of harm" to patrons, the personal injury lawsuit claims. Furthermore, the sign was allegedly not easily movable by patrons who may have wanted to remove it from the high-traffic area, the news source reports.

Stewart is represented by a personal injury attorney and is seeking damages for medical expenses, pain, impairment and past and future mental anguish. Her husband reportedly seeks damages for loss of consortium. 

Headquartered in Plano, Texas, JCPenney currently operates 1,107 department stores in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. The company employs a total of 150,000 sales associates.