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Woman sues Go-Mart following death of pregnant daughter


By Kyla Asbury | Aug 20, 2019

WINFIELD — Two lawsuits were filed against Go-Mart for the death of her daughter and her daughter's unborn child.

Lori Harrison filed the lawsuits on behalf of the estates of Sarah Cain and her unborn child against Go-Mart and Heather Oil Company, according to two complaints filed in Putnam Circuit Court.

Harrison claims Cain was employed by the defendants as a convenience store clerk and was 23 weeks pregnant at the time of her death.

Cain was required to clean the restrooms as part of her job with the defendants, but the restrooms did not have proper ventilation and Cain suffered from cerebral hypoxia due to a mixture of bleach and ammonia and/or other toxic chemicals, according to the suit.

Harrison claims Cain's lungs were severely injured and she suffered brain death on June 6, 2017, before her eventual death two days later on June 8, 2017, along with the death of her unborn child.

Cain and her unborn child suffered fatal injuries due to the defendants' actions and conduct, according to the suit.

Harrison claims the unsafe working condition existed in Cain's workplace and the defendants failed to follow proper safety procedures to avoid exposure. She claims prior to her daughter and the unborn child's death, the defendants were aware of the unsafe working condition.

"The specific unsafe working conditions were violations of state and/or federal safety rules or regulations, whether cited or not, and/or of commonly accepted and well-known safety standards applicable to Go-Mart's business and the work being conducted by Sarah Cain where were intended to address the hazards to which she was exposed," the complaint states.

Harrison claims the defendants were negligent and failed to provide a safe workplace.

Harrison is seeking compensatory and punitive damages with Cain and her unborn child's wrongful deaths. She is represented by J. Kristofer Cormany of Cormany Law.

Putnam Circuit Court Case numbers: 19-C-115, 19-C-116

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