No warning sign caused woman to fall on wet floor at mall, suit says

Kelly Holleran Apr. 7, 2009, 10:00am

An Orange County woman has filed suit against a local shopping mall, its managers, a cleaning service and an unknown cleaning service employee after she slipped on a wet floor while walking from store to store.

Sandra K. Duhon says that at about 4:30 p.m., June 11, 2007, she was walking from Dillard's to Target in Central Mall in Port Arthur when she fell.

According to Duhon's suit filed April 3 in Jefferson County District Court, an employee of SCC Cleaning was either in the process of or had just finished mopping the floor, but failed to place a "wet floor" sign in the area where Duhon was walking.

"Plaintiff could not see and was not aware of the wet, slick floor, and slipped in a wet area where the water was left standing, landing with all of her weight on her right knee, splitting the skin over her right knee-cap, and causing Plaintiff to fall backward landing on her left hip, and causing Plaintiff to suffer bodily injury and incur damages," the suit states.

In addition, Duhon says she suffered physical pain and mental anguish, physical impairment and incurred medical expenses.

The defendants named in the suit are SCC Cleaning, an unknown SCC Cleaning employee, GG&A Central Mall and Gregory Greenfield and Associates, which manages the mall, according to the complaint.

The suit alleges the defendants committed the following acts of negligence:

  • Failing to maintain premises in a safe condition;
  • Leaving a mopped floor in a wet and slippery condition;
  • Failing to immediately dry a mopped area of the main walkway into the mall;
  • Failing to have employees warn of the dangers of a wet floor; and
  • Failing to place a warning sign in the area.

    Duhon is seeking a judgment of up to $74,000, plus pre- and post-judgment interest, costs and other relief to which she may be entitled.

    She is represented by Larry C. Hunter of Hunter Burch in Vidor.

    The case has been assigned to Judge Bob Wortham of the 58th District Court.

    Jefferson County District Court case number: A183-712.

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