Customer alleges JCPenney negligence led to injuries

By Philip Gonzales | Dec 6, 2018

CLEARWATER — A Pinellas County woman is suing JCPenney, alleging negligence led to injuries to the plaintiff.

Maria Soledad filed a complaint Sept. 28 in Pinellas Circuit Court against JCPenney Corporation Inc., alleging failure to properly inspect the store premises to identify dangerous and/or hazardous conditions.

According to the complaint, on Nov. 27, 2017, Soledad was an invitee at the JCPenney store, 27001 U.S. Highway 19 N., Clearwater. The suit says when Soledad was in a women's restroom she came into contact with a sharp metal edge on a dispenser and/or receptacle. 

Soledad says she sustained serious personal injuries, resulting in pain and suffering, disability, disfigurement, lost wages and medical expenses. The plaintiff alleges JCPenney failed to adequately warn Soledad of the dangerous and/or hazardous condition.

Soledad seeks trial by jury, damages that exceed $15,000, plus interest and costs of proceedings. She is represented by attorneys Christopher Klemawesch and Jason Melton, of Whittel & Melton in St. Petersburg.

Pinellas Circuit Court case number 18C6401

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