Man trips over Time Warner's cable, sues for lack of barricade

David Yates Nov. 15, 2007, 8:54am

A Louisiana resident is suing Time Warner Cable for injures he suffered when he tripped over an uncovered cable while visiting a friend at the Creekwood Village Apartments in Beaumont.

Howard Dawes claims the area should have been barricaded. His personal injury lawsuit was filed with the Jefferson County District Court on Nov. 14.

According to his petition, Dawes was visiting his friend on April 21, 2006, when he tripped over Time Warner's cable.

"The cable was lying uncovered on the ground, and there were no warning signs, nor was the area barricaded or blocked off from public access," the suit said. "This incident caused plaintiff to sustain personal injuries to his neck, right shoulder and knee."

The suit goes on to allege that Time Warner and its employees were negligent for not warning passersbys of the apparent dangers of uncovered cables.

Dawes is suing for past and future medical expenses, mental anguish and pain.

He is represented by attorney Tom Oxford of the Waldman Smallwood law firm.

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

Case No. D180-748

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