Brown liquid near soda fountain blamed for fall at convenience store

Kelly Holleran Mar. 10, 2009, 9:47am

A Beaumont woman is suing two owners of a gas station after she allegedly slipped and fell while on the premises.

Daniela Granger is seeking an unspecified sum from C.L. Thomas Inc. and Speedy Stop Food Stores after the July 11, 2007, incident.

According to the complaint filed Feb. 26 in Jefferson County District Court, Granger was at the gas station located at the intersection of Washington and Martin Luther King Boulevard in Beaumont when she slipped on a brown liquid near the coffee and soda machines.

Because of her fall, Granger claims she suffered pain and mental anguish, incurred neck injuries, lost work and lost physical functioning in her body, according to the lawsuit.

In addition, Granger claims she was forced to endure anxiety, pain and illness, to incur substantial medical costs, to experience physical impairment and to lose earnings.

C.L. Thomas and Speedy Stop were negligent by failing to properly inspect and maintain the floor, by failing to keep the floor in a safe condition, by failing to give adequate warnings to Granger of the condition, by failing to remove the brown liquid and by failing to discover the brown liquid in a reasonable time, according to the complaint.

In addition to the unspecified amount of money Granger is seeking, she is asking to court for pre-judgment interest at the maximum rate allowed by law, post-judgment interest at the legal rate, costs and other relief to which she may be entitled.

Jonathan L. Stovall of Beaumont will be representing her.

The case been assigned to Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court.

Case No. E183-388

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