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Lawsuits filed against Ohio drugstore chain

Three lawsuits were filed against Discount Drug Mart in 2015 for injuries at three Ohio retail locations. The stores were located in Brunswick, Carrollton and Medina.

Discount Drug Mart operates 72 stores in Ohio, and about 350,000 customers visit each store annually, according to a management representative. The retail operation, he said, received positive feedback from the company's insurance carrier concerning safety efforts. In addition, the company's insurance premiums have decreased over the years.

The lawsuits refer to accidents that reportedly happened in the three locations in 2013 and 2014. In April 2013, a customer was allegedly hit on the head by a rod made of metal. This occurred at the Brunswick location. In a February 2014 accident, a customer leaving the Carrollton store's restroom reportedly fell when an employee pushed open the restroom door with abundant force. The fall resulted in a fracture of the lower extremity and a fractured wrist. A third customer, injured in December 2013 at a store in Medina, filed a lawsuit after she allegedly slipped on ice near the pharmacy door.

According to the store's representative, the insurer for the properties makes decision concerning the cases. In each instance, the insurer determines whether the lawsuit will be challenged or not. In other cases, the lawsuit is settled privately.

Premises liability is a standard with which property owners are charged. Assuming the owner is obligated to maintain the property in a safe condition, a visitor may file a lawsuit to recover damages he or she suffered on the property within the statute of limitations. If an individual is injured in a commercial establishment, as in these cases, an attorney may provide insight into the visitor's possible lawsuit. When the facility fails in its duty, the attorney may help prepare a lawsuit to recover damages due to the injury.

Source: The Medina Gazette, "Three lawsuits filed against Discount Drug Mart by customers," Nick Glunt, April 10, 2015

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