Jackson woman alleges injury from Wal-Mart shopping carts

By Lawrence Smith | Aug 17, 2009

CHARLESTON - A Jackson County woman alleges she was injured at a Charleston-area Wal-Mart when aiding an employee collecting shopping carts.

On Aug. 5, Lucille Kiser filed suit against Wal-Mart Stores East in Kanawha Circuit Court. In her complaint, Kiser alleges Wal-Mart Stores East, a subsidiary of the Bentonville, Ark.-based retail chain, is responsible for the pain she's suffered for the last eight months after being struck by a collection of shopping carts.

According to court records, Kiser was shopping at one of the Wal-Mart stores in Kanawha County on Nov. 1. Her suit is unclear if she was visiting either the South Charleston or Nitro location which are the only two stores in Kanawha County.

Prior to leaving, Kiser says she noticed a Wal-Mart employee collecting shopping carts in the parking lot. She asked if the employee would like to take her cart, too, and held it so it wouldn't roll away.

Instead of going to get the cart she was holding, and bring it back to the others he'd collected, Kiser says he continued pushing the ones he'd collected into the one she was holding. Kiser alleges she was then struck in the leg after all the carts connected.

"The cart the Plaintiff was hold for him immediately went into her hip thus causing her significant pain in her hip and leg," her suit alleges.

She further alleges that since that day, she "from time-to-time still has pain in her hip and leg."

Kiser is represented by Christopher T. Pritt with the Charleston law firm of Pritt and Pritt. She is seeking unspecified damages, court costs, attorney fees and interest.

The case is assigned to Judge Charles E. King Jr.

Kanawha Circuit Court, Case No. 09-C-1426

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