Home care provider crashes through stairway, sues premises owner

David Yates Mar. 19, 2015, 2:06pm


A Houston resident is suing a Beaumont local for injuries he allegedly received more than two years ago when a wooden stair gave way, causing him to fall through while lugging around an exercise bike.

Thomas Banjo filed suit against Samuel Levine Jr. on March 12 in Jefferson County District Court.

According to the petition, on Jan. 29, 2013, Banjo, a physical therapy technician, was visiting a patient at a Beaumont apartment owned by Levine.

As he descended a wooden stairway while carrying an exercise bike, one of the boards gave way, causing him to fall through. An ambulance transported him to Christus Hospital – St. Elizabeth.

The suit alleges the wooden stairway leading up to the apartment showed signs of aging and was rotting.

Levine is accused of negligently failing to replace the stairs, rather than patch up the wooden stairwell.

Banjo is suing for damages in an amount totaling $66,377, which includes damages for his medical expenses, pain, impairment, mental anguish and loss of earnings.

Houston attorney Shola Sutton represents him.

Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. E196-840

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