Patron alleges thrift store operator's negligence caused injuries

By Philip Gonzales | Nov 20, 2018

ORLANDO — An Orange County woman is suing a Winter Park thrift store operator, alleging negligence led to injuries for the plaintiff.

Rita Hopkins filed a complaint Nov. 8 in Orange County Circuit Court against Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida Inc. alleging failure to maintain its store premises in a reasonably safe condition.

According to the complaint, on Aug. 29, 2017, Hopkins was a patron on the defendant's premises in Winter Park when she tripped and fell on a protruding metal from a clothes rack. Hopkins says she suffered serious injuries, resulting in pain, disability, disfigurement, wage loss and medical expenses. 

The plaintiff alleges Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida failed to inspect its premises to discover the dangerous condition posed by the protruding metal and failed to make it safe or to provide warning about it.

Hopkins seeks trial by jury, damages of more than $15,000, exclusive of interest and costs, and all further just and proper relief. She is represented by attorneys Carlos E. Verdecia, Janelle M. Vega and Betty E. Verdecia of The Verdecia Law Firm LLC in Coconut Grove.

Orange County Circuit Court case number 18CA012196

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