Woman carrying son sues apartments for fall down stairs

David Yates Dec. 28, 2007, 5:40pm

Jonathan Harris

A Beaumont woman says she and her young son slipped and fell down a flight of stairs because the stairs were "negligently maintained."

Latosha Diggles has filed a personal injury suit against the Autumn Cove Apartments and Virtu Investments, claiming the companies allowed her apartments to "become very unsafe and dangerous."

Her suit was filed with the Jefferson County District Court on Dec. 21.
According to the plaintiff's petition, on Aug. 31,2007, Diggles "suffered the effect of a fall within the Autumn Cove Apartments," located at 3190 Eastex Freeway.

"Specifically…Diggles, a tenant/invitee, suffered injuries when she attempted to walk down the stairs while carrying her son," the suit said.

"The stairs were negligently maintained by (Defendants). Their negligence caused her to slip and fall all the way down staircase and sustain severe injuries to her hips, right ankle, back, and legs. Her son…hit his head during the fall. The stairs were not maintained adequately, creating a tripping hazard at the time the Plaintiffs slipped and fell."

Diggles and her son are suing for past and future mental anguish, pain, lost earnings, disfigurement and medical expenses, plus all court costs.

They are represented by attorney Jonathan Harris of the Schechter, McElwee & Shaffer law firm.

Judge Gary Sanderson, 60th Judicial District, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. B180-930

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