Roller skater cuts leg, files lawsuit

Kelly Holleran Nov. 2, 2009, 2:57am

A Port Neches woman has filed suit against the apartment complex where she says her daughter fell over an uncovered water spigot while roller skating.

Misty Ross filed a lawsuit Oct. 21 in Jefferson County District Court on behalf of her minor daughter, Deanza Bohler, against Creel Investments, Summit Square Apartments and Summit Place Apartments.

Ross claims Bohler, who lives in Summit Square Apartments, was roller skating at the apartment complex on Oct. 23, 2007, when she hit an uncovered water spigot.

"Said spigot had extremely sharp edges and the minor suffered a severe injury to her left leg," the suit states.

Because of the incident, Bohler had to get stitches, incurred medical costs, will lose future earnings and suffered physical impairment, physical pain, mental anguish and disfigurement, the complaint says.

The defendants owed Bohler a duty to keep the premises safe, but breached such a duty by leaving an exposed water spigot in its parking lot, Ross claims.

Because of the incident, Ross suffered the loss of her daughter's services, according to the complaint.

Ross is seeking an unspecified judgment, plus pre-judgment interest, costs and other relief to which she may be entitled.

Jonathan C. Juhan of Beaumont will be representing her.

The case has been assigned to Judge Gary Sanderson, 60th District Court.

Jefferson County District Court case number: B185-184.

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