Woman files slip-and-fall suit against local residents

David Yates Apr. 21, 2008, 9:00am

A Port Arthur woman has filed suit against two Beaumont residents, alleging she was allowed to fall while walking down a ramp.

Assandra Jones' suit against Tim Seymour and Melba Fisher was filed on April 18 in the Jefferson County District Court.

On Dec. 26, 2007, Jones was leaving a property at 3135 Concord in Beaumont, "when she fell on a ramp installed on the premises, causing severe, disabling and permanent injuries," the plaintiff's suit says.

"This incident � was brought about � by the negligence of the Defendant. Plaintiff was an invitee at the time of injury because Melba Fisher had extended an invitation to Plaintiff to provide services on the premises. Defendants thus owed Plaintiff the duty to inspect the premises."

The suit goes on to allege the condition of the "premises posed an unreasonable risk of harm" and the defendants should have known of the condition "because they had installed" the ramp.

"Defendants breached the duty of care by both failing to make the condition reasonably safe and failing to adequately warn the Plaintiff of the condition," the suit said. "Defendants' failure to use reasonable care was a proximate cause the injuries suffered by Plaintiff."

Jones is suing for past and future medical expenses, impairment, loss of earnings and mental anguish.

She is represented by Provost Umphrey attorney James Payne.

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

Case No. D181-617

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