On Sept. 24, a jury rejected a family’s claim that its elderly patriarch died as a result of injuries sustained when he fell at a Family Dollar Store.
The family of Warren Tiner, 84, alleged he was shopping at the Tyler store when he tripped over a box left out in an aisle.
Complaining of back pain, he checked into a hospital eight days after the September 2006 incident. His condition worsened, and he developed other health issues, including pneumonia, heart problems and eventually paralysis from spinal cord compression.
Tiner’s family claimed his death in July 2008 was related to injuries from the fall. Family Dollar denied that a box was in the aisle and contended that even if it were, Tiner should have seen and avoided it.
The defense also argued that Tiner suffered from chronic health problems prior to the incident.
Tiner v. Family Dollar Stores of Texas L.P., No. 07-1759-C
Court: 241st District Court, Smith County