Furniture company sued after bar stool collapses

Kelly Holleran Apr. 1, 2010, 3:43am

A Jefferson County woman claims she lost earnings after a bar stool she purchased collapsed when she attempted to sit on it.

Joan Jones filed a lawsuit March 22 in Jefferson County District Court against Home Furniture and CYM Furniture.

Jones claims she purchased a barstool from the defendants, which they delivered to her home in China, Texas.

"On July 2, 2009, Plaintiff sat on the barstool after it was brought to her home by the Home Furniture Defendants, and the barstool immediately collapsed, causing Plaintiff severe and disabling injuries, including but not limited to tears in both shoulder ligaments and disc bulges," the suit states.

In addition to her injuries, Jones incurred medical costs; suffered physical pain, mental anguish, physical disfigurement and physical impairment; and lost her enjoyment for life, according to the complaint.

Jones alleges strict liability, negligence and gross negligence against the defendants.

In her complaint, Jones seeks an unspecified judgment, plus costs, interest and other relief to which she may be entitled.

James E. Payne and Jennifer Job Seale of Provost and Umphrey Law Firm in Beaumont will be representing her.

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

Jefferson County District Court case number: A186-343.

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