Defendants sued for not having slip-proof stairs submit depositions plans

David Yates Nov. 17, 2010, 9:34am

In September, Port Arthur resident Marlon Frazier filed suit against BASF Fina Petrochemicals and Total Petrochemicals, alleging they should have equipped their facilities with a "slip-proof staircase."

Through Germer Gertz attorney Karen Bennett, the two defendant companies filed a notice of intention to take deposition by written questions on Nov. 16.

Some of the individuals and companies listed in the notice include Beaumont MRI & Pain Management, Christus Hospital St. Mary and Dr. James Costello.

According to the plaintiff's original petition, on Jan. 12 Frazier was working at the companies' Port Arthur facilities when he "slipped and fell on an iron staircase that was not slip proof or otherwise made safe."

"As a result, Frazier seriously injured his knee," the suit states. "This could have been prevented had the defendants remedied the dangerous condition."

Frazier is suing for his alleged mental anguish, impairment, pain, lost wages and medical expenses.

Beaumont attorney Dan Ducote Jr. of the Moore Landrey law firm is representing him.

Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court, is presiding over the case.

Case No. E188-400

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