Golden Corral sued for failing to corral falling patron

David Yates Jan. 8, 2008, 5:33am

Brian Sutton

One of Texas' favorite buffets, Golden Corral, has just been sued for allegedly falling to corral Frances Augustus as he slipped and fell.

In his suit, filed in the Jefferson County District Court on Jan. 4, Augustus claims he tripped over the restaurant's "defective and unreasonably dangerous" floor mat, which was "placed in a negligent manner."

The incident occurred on Jan. 20, 2006, at the College Street Golden Corral.

"Defendant negligently left the subject premise in an unreasonably dangerous condition," the suit said, adding that when Augustus slipped, he "violently struck the floor," causing him "permanent bodily injuries."

The suit continues by alleging Golden Corral and its employees were negligent for failing to inspect the premise, remedy the dangerous condition and warn customers.

Augustus is suing for past and future mental anguish, pain, impairment, disfigurement, medical expenses and lost wages, plus all court costs.

He is represented by attorney Brian Sutton of the Sutton & Jacobs law firm.

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

Case No. D180-985

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