Jury rules Carrs not liable in injury lawsuit

Posted: Friday, February 16, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Superior Court jury has ruled that the Carrs supermarket chain was not liable for injuries sustained by a Fairbanks woman.

The jury took about 3 1/2 hours to reach the verdict Wednesday, concluding that Carrs had taken adequate precautions to protect health and safety.

Joann Seurer broke her elbow and knee when she slipped a few steps inside the store's entryway on Oct. 26, 1997.

Seurer, 37, contended the store had not taken adequate steps to keep the floor dry. Attorneys for Carrs said the accident was the result of Seurer's decision to wear smooth-soled bedroom slippers while out shopping on a snowy day.

Seurer was seeking more than $100,000 in medical expenses and lost wages, as well as an additional sum for pain, suffering, and inconvenience.

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