Jefferson County still battling $100K suit over fall at jail

David Yates Oct. 21, 2011, 4:25am

For more than a year, Jefferson County has continued the discovery process in a $100,000 lawsuit filed over a slip and fall at the county jail.

As previously reported, Noryour Akins filed suit against the county on Sept. 27, 2010, in Jefferson County District Court, alleging there were no signs warning that the floor had been recently mopped.

On Aug. 29 a certificate of discovery was filed in the case, showing that discovery continues after more than a year of litigation.

Court records show that the plaintiff was responding to the defendant's request for production.

According to the lawsuit, Akins was at the Jefferson County Correctional Facility on Highway 69 on March 16, 2010. The suit does not clarify whether or not she was an inmate, county employee or visiting citizen.

"Akins exited the officers' dining room and entered the hallway that had just been mopped by employees of the county or inmates," the suit states. "The floor was still wet and there were no signs to warn her of this dangerous condition. She fell and suffered injuries to her back, lower extremities, head and right shoulder."

Akins is suing for more than $100,000 for her alleged medical expenses, mental anguish, impairment and lost wages.

Beaumont attorney Marc Henry represents her.

The county is represented by Assistant District Attorney Steven Wiggins.

Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. E188-437

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