Woman sues McDonald's, claims disfigurement from falling toilet paper holder

Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau Dec. 9, 2010, 5:50am

A Louisiana woman is suing the owners of a McDonald's restaurant, claiming she is suffering from permanent and disfiguring injuries after a metal toilet paper holder fell on her.

Seeking more than $75,000 in damages, Theresa Leone filed a lawsuit against Ambrit Partners and Ambrit Casas Enterprises Inc. on Dec. 3 in the Eastern District of Texas, Beaumont Division.

The accident occurred on Oct. 11, 2009, when Leone was at a McDonald's restaurant in Liberty County. She claims she suffered disfiguring injuries when one of the fast food restaurant's metal toilet tissue holders fell onto her from the wall.

The defendants are accused of failing to inspect the premises to determine if it was safe and failing to warn that the metal toilet tissue holder was not locked.

The plaintiff is asking for more than $75,000 in damages for loss of earnings, disability, loss of future earning capacity, physical pain, mental anguish, physical impairment, disfigurement, loss of enjoyment of life, medical expenses, interest and court costs.

Leone is represented by Robert A. Chaffin and Paul R. Miller of The Chaffin Law Firm in Houston.

A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Marcia A. Crone is assigned to the case.

Case No. 1:10-cv-00778

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