Belmont woman sues Portland Glass, Kay Jewelers after injury at Tilton storeBy BEA LEWIS
Union Leader Correspondent
August 23. 2017 2:21PM
LACONIA – A Belmont woman is suing Portland Glass and Kay Jewelers after she was injured walking into a sheet of glass awaiting installation in a display case at the Tilton store.
Mark Wisemen of Cleveland, Waters & Bass, of Concord, acting on behalf of Deirdre Briggs of Belmont, claims Briggs did not see the clear glass, bumped into it and fell as a result, injuring her left elbow and head.
Briggs was diagnosed with post-concussive syndrome, an elbow contusion and an ulnar nerve irritation, according to the suit filed Aug. 11 in Belknap County Superior Court.
Wiseman has asked for a jury trial and claims that Glass Operating LLC, doing business as Portland Glass, and Sterling Jewelers, doing business as Kay Jewelers, were negligent.
The store, located in the Tanger Outlet Center, had a duty to keep its premises in a reasonably safe condition, to warn of hazards and to take reasonable precautions to protect persons from foreseeable dangers on the property, the suit claims. Display cases are arranged to draw customer attention, it notes, increasing the risk that people might fail to see hazards placed in their paths it asserts.
Portland Glass, Wiseman claims, failed to warn customers of the risks created by its work and was negligent in leaving a piece of glass in a vertical position subjecting Briggs to an unreasonable risk of harm.
The accident happened Nov. 29, 2016, Briggs had brought her jewelry to the store for a six-month inspection required to maintain the warranty. The defendants have until mid-November to respond to the allegations.