Tyler Post Office sued after woman trips in parking lot

Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau May 23, 2011, 4:46am

TYLER - The post office in Tyler is being sued after a woman trips over a wheel chock in the parking area and fractures her wrist.

Barbara Jones filed suit against U.S. Postal Services on May 10 in the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division.

According to the complaint, Jones, while working for Trinity Mother Frances Health Systems, pulled her van to the back dock of the post office in Tyler to unload mail baskets for her employer.

Jones states that she was carrying one of the baskets from the dock to her van, when she tripped over a wheel chock which was left on the ground. She landed on her outstretched hands in an attempt to break her fall. According to court records, she suffered a fracture to her left wrist, which eventually needed surgery.

The defendant is accused of negligence for failing to remove the wheel chock from the walk area at the dock.

The plaintiff is seeking damages for medical expenses, loss of earning capacity, physical impairment, physical pain and mental anguish, interest and court costs.

Jones is represented by Roland G. Brown of Roland Brown Law Firm in Wimberley.

U.S. District Judge Michael H. Schneider is assigned to the case.

Case No. 6:11-cv-00233

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