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Fred Meyer store in Cornelius faces lawsuit

Fred Meyer Stores Inc. is being sued by a man who claims he suffered injuries as a result of the unsafe conditions at the retailer’s branch in Cornelius.

The lawsuit, filed Oct. 30 in Washington County Circuit Court, claims that Thomas P. Hawkes left the store in July 2013 pushing a shopping cart on the store’s sidewalk toward the parking area.

According to the lawsuit, Hawkes approached an unmarked circular planting area that was unlevel with the sidewalk’s surface.

As Hawkes continued toward the parking area, the front wheel of the shopping cart abruptly descended into the soil of the planting area, he alleged.

The shopping cart’s back end immediately pushed upward, causing Hawkes to lose his balance and fall onto the sidewalk.

Hawkes suffered a sprain to his wrist, bruised ribs, abrasions, knee pain and pain radiation throughout his right leg, according to the lawsuit. In addition to having medical expenses, Hawkes was unable to return to work, the lawsuit claims.

The lawsuit seeks $10,000 in damages.

— Jake Thomas

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