Final judgment entered in H-E-B slip-and-fall suit

David Yates Oct. 25, 2011, 5:00am


Last September, the Southeast Texas Record reported that Earlene Stewart sued H-E-B Grocery, claiming she slipped and fell on an unidentified liquid substance lingering near the store's entrance.

On July 12 Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court, signed off on a final judgment, which stated that the parties had reached a compromise and that Stewart recover nothing from H-E-B.

Court records show that on April 7, H-E-B attorney M.C. Carrington, of Mehaffy Weber in Beaumont, sent a letter to the court stating that the case was settled.

Previously, H-E-B had filed an answer to the suit on Oct. 11, 2010, denying all of Stewart's allegations and asserting the incident was caused by a third party or her own negligence.

According to her complaint, Stewart was shopping at the H-E-B on 11th Street in Beaumont on June 5, 2010, "when she slipped in a liquid substance on the floor of defendant's premises."

Stewart claimed she "was exercising reasonable care for her own safety" and that the liquid substance "posed an unreasonable risk of harm" to shoppers, court papers show.

She was suing for past and future mental anguish, medical expenses, lost wages, and impairment, plus all court expenses.

Beaumont attorney Gilbert T. Adams III represented Stewart.

Case No. A188-087

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