Fall at Mexican restaurant leads to lawsuit

Kelly Holleran Aug. 17, 2009, 4:00am

A Nederland woman claims she broke her wrist after falling on the floor of a Mexican restaurant.

Charlotte Champagne filed a lawsuit Aug. 12 in Jefferson County District Court against Mexican Restaurants, doing business as Casa Ole.

Champagne says she was eating at the Casa Ole located at 4801 Twin City Highway in Port Arthur with her husband on May 10 when she fell on water.

"Unknown to Mrs. Champagne, the employees mopped the aisle between her table and the front of the store," the suit states. "No warning signs were posted, and due to the lighting and the color of the floor, Mrs. Champagne was unable to see the water."

In addition to a severely broken left wrist, Champagne claims she has endured anxiety, pain and illness, incurred medical costs and experienced physical pain and suffering. According to the complaint, she also suffered mental anguish, physical impairment, loss of earnings, loss of consortium and disfigurement.

She blames Casa Ole for failing to maintain the floor in a safe condition, for failing to provide her with adequate warnings and for failing to provide adequate lighting.

She is seeking an unspecified judgment within the jurisdictional limits of Jefferson County District Court, plus pre-judgment interest at the highest legal rate, post-judgment interest at the legal rate, costs and other relief to which she may be entitled.

Brett S. Thomas of Roebuck, Thomas, Roebuck and Adams in Beaumont will be representing her.

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

Jefferson County District Court case number: A184-648.

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