Buna woman sues art museum over trip at entrance

Kelly Holleran Jun. 3, 2010, 6:46am

Art Museum of Southeast Texas

A Buna woman has filed suit against the Art Museum of Southeast Texas after she says she tripped on a raised cement lip leading to the museum's entrance.

Mary Petty claims she was attending a function at the museum and to view an art collection when she became seriously injured because of a dangerous condition on the property.

"As she walked up the walkway leading into the Art Museum, there was a raised cement lip which was uneven, and caught her foot, causing her to fall forward, mostly landing on her knees," the suit filed May 28 in Jefferson County District Court states.

Because of the incident, Petty incurred medical costs; experienced physical pain, suffering, mental anguish and physical impairment; lost earnings and her earning capacity; and suffered disfigurement, according to the complaint.

AMSET negligently failed to properly inspect and maintain its flooring area to discover a defect, failed to maintain the floor in a reasonably safe condition, failed to provide adequate and understandable warnings to Petty about the dangerous condition of the floor and failed to discover and remove the raised cement lip of the floor, the complaint says.

Petty is seeking a judgment within the jurisdictional limits of Jefferson County District Court, plus pre-judgment interest at the maximum rate allowed by law, post-judgment interest at the legal rate, costs and other relief the court deems just.

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

The case has been assigned to Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court.

Jefferson County District Court case number: E186-964.

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