A Greensburg woman has sued a local grocery store, claiming she was injured by a malfunctioning shopping cart.
Johnetta Battistoni, in a five-count lawsuit, contends that while shopping at the Pittsburgh Street Shop ‘n Save market in Greensburg in early October 2017 the wheels of her small push cart stopped then suddenly released, propelled her forward and caused her to fall violently to the floor.
Battistoni, 90, suffered a broken left hip and left leg, multiple bruises and a shock to her nervous system, injuries that required her to undergo emergency surgery from which she is still recovering, according to lawyer Steven Engel.
“The cause of the cart stopping isn’t the point here. The point is that it was bad. The store has an obligation to make sure the products they are offering the public are reasonably safe,” Engel said.
The store’s owners could not be reached for comment on Friday.
According to the lawsuit, Battistoni claimed she had placed several items into her cart and when she attempted to push it forward its wheels would “suddenly and unexpectedly seize-up or stop moving.”
Battistoni contends the store owners were negligent in failing to properly assemble, maintain and repair its shopping carts.
Shopping cart injuries have been the subject of previous lawsuits around the country.
In 2016, a jury near Cleveland awarded $1.3 million in damages to a woman who claims she was injured when struck by a motorized cart at a Giant Eagle supermarket.
A Connecticut woman won a $258,000 award following a jury trial in 2011 for an incident in which she claimed she was injured when the wheels of her shopping cart at a Kohl’s store had stopped.