Facial injuries blamed on loose material in doorway, suit alleges

Kelly Holleran Mar. 22, 2010, 7:41am

A Jefferson County woman claims she sustained a broken cheek bone, broken teeth and a broken wrist after slipping on loose flashing at a Beaumont business.

Verma Cating claims she attempted to enter Pinnacle Health Facilities of Texas doing business as The Oaks at Beaumont on April 21, 2008, when she fell on loose flashing in a doorway. Flashing is material used to seal out leaks around doors and windows.

Because of her fall and in addition to her broken body parts, Cating suffered injuries to her back and knees, according to the complaint filed March 9 in Jefferson County District Court.

"There were no warning signs in place to either warn plaintiff of the danger or prevent such falls, and Defendant failed to make the premises and/or condition safe," the suit states.

Cating says The Oaks at Beaumont breached their duty to keep the premises in a safe condition, failed to inspect the premises to discover and remedy the loose flashing and failed to give adequate warning of any dangers.

She is seeking actual damages, pre- and post-judgment interest, costs and other relief the court deems just.

Scott Renick of Beaumont and Kenneth W. Lewis of Bush Lewis in Beaumont will be representing her.

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

Jefferson County District Court case number: D186-217.

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