Discovery continues in trip & fall case against Parker Lumber

David Yates Nov. 3, 2011, 7:00am

Following a year of litigation, a certificate of discovery has been filed in a suit brought by Lorretta Evans, who sued Parker Lumber after tripping over a pallet.

As previously reported, Evans filed her suit Aug. 5, 2010, in Jefferson County District Court, alleging the lumber and hardware provider negligently cluttered its aisles with wood.

A year later, a certificate of discovery was filed in the case on Aug. 29, court papers say.

Parker Lumber filed the certificate stating that it served the plaintiff with its second request for production.

According to the lawsuit, Evans entered the Port Arthur business on Aug. 6, 2008, "for the purpose of buying hooks to hang shelves and pictures."

"Evans was seriously injured as a result of a dangerous condition (inside Parker Lumber)," the suit states. "Defendant stacked wooden pallets in the isles (sic) of the store causing the isles (sic) to be cluttered and hard to navigate."

In her suit, Evans accuses Parker Lumber of failing to warn its customers of the dangerous condition and of failing to "remove the pallets from the allies (sic)."

The suit further accuses Parker Lumber of failing to consider "the magnitude of potential harm" to its shoppers and acting with a "conscious indifference" for their wellbeing.

Evans is suing for exemplary damages, plus past and future mental anguish, lost wages and medical expenses.

Port Arthur attorney Antoine Freeman represents her.

Judge Gary Sanderson, 60th District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. B187-494

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