Slip and fall at H.E.B. leads to suit

David Yates Oct. 10, 2007, 6:15am

H.E.B. on East Lucas

Not wasting anytime, Daniel Lee Jones filed a personal injury lawsuit against H.E.B. Grocery Co. three weeks after he slipped and fell at the East Lucas store.

Jones' suit was filed with the Jefferson County District Court on Oct. 8. He claims he slipped and fell on some type of foreign object or substance" which has caused him to "sustain severe, permanent and disabling injuries."

According to the plaintiff's original petition, on Sept. 23, 2007, Jones was a customer at the H.E.B. in the 3900 block of East Lucas when the incident occurred. The suit says the fall caused Jones to suffer "extensive injuries" but does not state what those injuries entail.

In his suit, Jones says H.E.B. owed him a duty to inspect its premises and maintain the store in a reasonably safe manner.

Jones is suing for past and future medical expenses, physical pain, mental anguish, disfigurement and loss of earning capacity.

He is demanding a trial by jury and is represented by attorney Dan Ducote Jr. of the Moore Landrey law firm.

According to the firm's Web site, Dan Ducote, Jr. is a native of Beaumont. He attended Louisiana State University on a golf scholarship but later transferred to Baylor University where he obtained a bachelor of business administration degree in 1997. After obtaining his law degree from South Texas College of Law, he began working as a trial lawyer in 2002. Since then, he has tried many cases to verdict involving toxic tort, products liability, personal injury and commercial cases, both as a plaintiff and as a defendant.

Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th Judicial District, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. D180-486

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