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Suit: Woman lost fetus after mishap at store

Updated: February 27, 2014 6:39AM



A Chicago woman has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the parent company of TJ Maxx, claiming that she lost her baby after a chair she was sitting in collapsed at the retailer’s Crestwood store in July 2012.

Jasmine Taylor filed the lawsuit Thursday in Cook County Circuit Court against The TJX Companies Inc., as well as chair manufacturer Red Monkey LLC.

Taylor was between 7 1/2 and eight months pregnant when she visited the TJ Maxx in Crestwood, where she sat in a chair she was considering buying and it collapsed, according to the lawsuit.

It says she felt paint in her abdomen, thigh and leg after she fell and sought medical treatment at Holy Cross Hospital that evening, where ultrasound tests showed a “viable fetus.”

The following week, Taylor experienced “decreased fetal movement” and “rolling and tightening movements in her abdomen,”and testing on Aug. 2, 2012, determined that the fetus was dead, the lawsuit says. The next day, she gave birth to a stillborn girl.

The final report on the baby’s death by the county medical examiner’s office indicated that the baby’s placental lining had separated from the uterus, depriving her of oxygen, according to the suit.

It seeks an unspecified amount of damages, claiming wrongful death and product liability for manufacturing and selling an “unsafe and defective product.”

A representative of TJX Cos. could not be reached for comment on the lawsuit.

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