Discovery heats up in trip and fall against city of Port Arthur

David Yates Dec. 9, 2014, 2:14pm


A woman who was originally looking for a paycheck from the city of Port Arthur but ended up suing in hopes of a payout for her injuries recently answered a host of discoverable requests in her trip and fall suit.

As previously reported, Avis W. Lamotte filed suit June 16 in Jefferson County District Court against Port Arthur Elderly Housing Corp., O.W. Collins Apartments and the city of Port Arthur, blaming them for her fall during a job interview.

Court records show that on Nov. 7 Lamotte notified the court she had served the defendants with her response for request for disclosure; answers and objections to defendant’s interrogatories; and objections for defendants request for production.

In her suit, Lamotte says she was on the defendants’ property at 732 W. 17th St., Port Arthur, on Oct. 1, 2012, for a job interview. During her visit she slipped on liquid on the floor and sustained serious injuries.

She accuses the defendants of negligently failing to properly maintain the floor, failing to give adequate warning to the plaintiff, failing to remove the slippery substance, failing to provide adequate lighting and failing to properly train or supervise employees to keep the premises reasonably safe.

Court records show the defendants answered the suit on July 28, asserting a general denial.

Lamotte is seeking damages of more than $200,000 but less than $1 million.

Houston attorneys James M. Lassiter III and Timothy M. McHale of Lassiter Law Firm represent her.

The defendants are represented by William Moye, attorney for the Houston law firm Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons.

Jefferson County District Court case No. B195-800

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