Woman sues Four Paws Pet Salon for car accident

By Kyla Asbury | May 22, 2013


WINFIELD - A woman is suing Four Paws Pet Salon LLC for allegedly causing a collision that caused her injuries and damages.

Brianna M. Shabdue was also named as a defendant in the suit.

On May 8, 2011, Norma J. Howell was a restrained front seat passenger of a 2005 Kia Amanti being driven by her husband, according to a complaint filed May 7 in Putnam Circuit Court.

Howell claims Shabdue, for unknown reasons, crossed the center line of the two-lane highway and struck her vehicle and caused her injuries.

At the time of the collision, Shabdue was operating a vehicle owned by Four Paws, according to the suit.

Howell claims Four Paws is vicariously liable for Shabdue's negligent actions and conduct because she was acting in the scope of her employment at the time of the accident.

The impact of the vehicles caused Howell's husband, who was driving the car, to lose control of the car, which flipped three times before coming to a rest on its top in the middle of Huntington Road, according to the suit.

Howell claims Shabdue was issued citations for left of center, failure to maintain control and no proof of insurance.

As a result of the collision, Howell suffered physical injuries, including a knee contusion, neck sprain, thoracic sprain, lumbosacral sprain, numerous abrasions, headaches and shoulder pain, according to the suit.

Howell is seeking compensatory and punitive damages with pre- and post-judgment interest. She is being represented by Bernard E. Layne III of Mani, Ellis & Layne PLLC.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Joseph K. Reeder.

Putnam Circuit Court case number: 13-C-146

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