Lopez v. Rite Aid involves a Rite Aid customer allegedly injured while shopping.
Plaintiff attorney Ron Gomez, of the Law Office of Lee Arter, told the jury that on December 23, 2007, Armida Lopez was shopping in the Los Angeles Rite Aid near 3rd and Vermont. Ms. Lopez, who was congenitally disabled, was seated in her electric wheel chair when she was struck on the head by a box that apparently fell from a shelf above. There were no witnesses.
According to the plaintiff, the impact of the box injured Ms. Lopez’s neck (expecially C2-C3) and exacerbated her preexisting back injury.
According to defense attorney Kevin Dunbar, of X firm, neither the emergency medical technician on the scene nor the hospital to which Ms. Lopez was transferred, nor subsequent physicians who saw her were able to find any symptoms of injury. Moreover, Ms. Lopez’s description of the accident had significant inconsistencies.
The jury found that Rite Aid was not negligent.