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Couple Sues Lowe’s for Negligence

By Burg Simpson
June 27, 2013
2 min read

A Pennsylvania woman claims she was injured after an allegedly drunken worker at a Lowe’s home improvement store ran into her with an electric cart in May 2011. Francine Lombardo and her husband, Jerome, filed a civil suit against Lowe’s on February 27. They are seeking more than $50,000 in damages, plus interest and costs, according to the Pennsylvania Record.

The woman was struck by an electric pallet car filled with mulch, and she claims the worker appeared intoxicated because he smelled of alcohol and had glassy eyes and slurred speech. She alleges that other employees drove the pallet away, leaving her in that spot for 15 minutes before a store manager returned to give her ice and advised her to visit a hospital.

The incident allegedly aggravated Francine Lombardo’s existing Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, which is also known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, according to the Record. She says she now experiences more numbness and discomfort in her right leg, shoulder and lower back injuries, and sustained a right leg muscle tear that still isn’t healed.

The couple’s complaint accuses Lowe’s of negligence, gross negligence and loss of consortium by allowing an intoxicated employee to operate a dangerous piece of machinery. It also says the store failed to properly train employees how to use the equipment.

“By reason of the injuries sustained, Plaintiff, Francine Lombardo, was caused to suffer great pain and agony and was hindered in the past, and will be hindered in the future, from attending to her daily duties, functions and occupations causing her great physical damage and financial losses,” the Lombardos’ complaint reads.

Anyone who suffers a personal injury in a store may want to seek legal counsel, especially if they experience lasting pain.

Additional resources: Personal injury lawsuit, Catastrophic injury

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