City of Beaumont sued by employee in training

Kelly Holleran Mar. 24, 2009, 6:55am

A Jefferson County woman has filed suit against the city of Beaumont, alleging she sustained multiple fractures after falling from training equipment.

Letonjia Grant claims she was undergoing a trainee activity when she fell from a defective trainee device on May 17.

The suit does not specify what type of training the plaintiff was involved in or the device she alleges caused the injury.

Because of the fall, Grant sustained a fractured back, right heel, left ankle and left wrist, incurred medical expenses and suffered severe physical impairment and loss of earning capacity, according to the suit filed March 20 in Jefferson County District Court.

She also claims she experienced physical pain, suffering and disfigurement.

Beaumont was negligent by misusing the training device, by failing to maintain its premises in a reasonably safe condition, by failing to inspect its premises for hazardous conditions, by failing to warn Grant of the hazardous condition of the area in which she was working and in failing to remove the hazardous condition, according to the complaint.

Grant is seeking unspecified actual and special damages, plus costs, pre- and post-judgment interest and other relief to which she may be entitled.

She is represented by James E. Payne and Jennifer Seale of Provost and Umphrey Law Firm in Beaumont.

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

Jefferson County District Court case number: D183-591.

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