Child slips at laundromat, mother sues

David Yates Jul. 19, 2007, 6:40am

An uneventful day at a Beaumont laundromat spin cycled for the worst when Marion Goodwin's young daughter allegedly slipped and fell, suffering "permanent injuries."

Acting as next of friend for her daughter, Goodwin filed a personal injury suit against The Wash House Washateria and three of its owners/employees with the Jefferson County District Court on July 16.

The suit also names Le Huu Nguyen, Thi Nhan and Nhan Ti Tran as defendants.

According to the plaintiff's original petition, on July 15, 2005, two years ago, Goodwin and her daughter were doing laundry at The Wash House Washateria, located at 2310 South Fourth Street, when "the minor plaintiff fell and suffered serious and permanent bodily injuries as a direct result of a slip hazard that existed on the defendants' premise."

The suit does not explain what caused the hazardous condition to exist, or the exact extent of the child's injuries. The suit only faults the defendants with premise liability and negligence.

"As a direct and proximate result of the negligent conduct of defendant, the minor plaintiff suffered injuries to her foot, ankle and leg in general, resulting in physical impairment," the suit said. "Some of the ill effects and injuries, including disfigurement, are permanent in nature."

The suit also says the child suffered "great physical and mental pain, suffering and anguish."

Goodwin is suing for her child's physical and mental suffering, medial expenses and court costs.

She is represented by attorney Adam Terrell of the Weller, Green, Toups & Terrell law firm

Judge Gary Sanderson, 60th Judicial District, will preside over the case.

Case No. B179-673

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