Retrial of Christus slip & fall begins

David Yates Dec. 14, 2011, 4:13am

Jury selection began Monday, Dec. 12, for the retrial of a slip and fall lawsuit against Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth.

Plaintiff Michelle Stansbury filed suit against Christus on Sept. 28, 2006, in Jefferson County District Court, alleging the Beaumont hospital failed to safeguard her from fabric softener near its parking garage.

According to the original petition, on Sept. 29, 2004, Stansbury was exiting Christus' north parking garage and approaching the hospital via the sidewalk when she slipped on fabric softener.

She alleges in her suit that Christus owed the public a duty to safeguard against unreasonably dangerous conditions or to warn of their existence.

A court official told the Southeast Texas Records that the case first went to trial in April 2010 but ended in a mistrial because a juror failed to follow a written instruction.

Stansbury is seeking damages for her alleged past and future medical expenses, mental anguish, pain, impairment, disfigurement and lost wages.

Beaumont attorney Jonathan Juhan represents her.

Christus is represented in part by attorney Erin Lunceford of the Houston law firm Sprott, Rigby, Newsom, Robbins & Lunceford.

Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court, is presiding over the trial.

Case No. E177-827

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