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Woman injured by falling pole sues tack shop, pet store

Published On: Mar 06 2013 08:05:37 PM EST

A woman is suing a tack shop and pet store after she was struck in the head by a metal pole while she was shopping two years ago.

Sally A. Miller, of 247 East Wyoming St., Allentown, filed a civil suit Wednesday in Northampton County Court against Chaar Saddlery, 1635 Airport Rd., Hanover Twp., Lehigh Co., and Chaar's landlord, Airport Centre, 4821 Ramer Rd., Zionsville, Upper Milford Twp., Lehigh Co.

Miller said in her suit that she was shopping on Chaar's first floor on March 12, 2011, when a six- to seven-foot iron pillar or pole hit her on the head and right shoulder and knocked her to the floor.


One of the store's owners helped Miller to a bench and brought her a glass of water and an ice pack for her head, but he refused to answer Miller's questions about the location of the pole before it fell or how such an accident could happen, according to the lawsuit.

Miller put the same questions to the owner's wife, who took her for medical treatment, but she too would not answer them, according to the suit.

The suit charges that Chaar's owners have refused to provide videotape of the accident despite having security cameras in the area.

Miller said in her suit that she suffered "severe and permanent injuries," including a concussion; head, neck and shoulder pain; spinal problems; ringing in the ears, and dizziness.

Miller charged Chaar and Airport Centre with negligence in her suit, and her husband, Darryl Miller, who is also a party to the suit, said the accident has deprived him of his wife's companionship.

The Millers did not ask for a specific sum in damages from Chaar and Airport Centre in their suit, but said they want an award "in excess of the compulsory arbitration limits of Northampton County," as well as legal costs.