Trip & fall trial bumped to May

David Yates Feb. 1, 2012, 9:56am

A trip-and-fall lawsuit, which was slated to be tried in December, will now be tried in May.

Holiday Inn employee Carol Gonzales filed suit against Insurance Services Construction on Oct. 20, 2010, in Jefferson County District Court, alleging the company negligently failed to securely fasten a floor covering while performing work at the hotel.

International Catastrophe Solutions was later added as a defendant, court papers say.

On June 22 Gonzales filed a motion for continuance, asking that the case be continued "for a couple of months based on the fact that ICS has still not" officially answered the suit, the motion states.

A hearing on the matter was held Aug. 22. Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court, decided to take no action on the motion.

However, on Nov. 16 an amended discovery control plan order was entered in the case, bumping the case from the court's December docket to the May.

Court records show that on Oct. 23, 2008, Gonzales was working at the Holiday Inn on Walden Road when she tripped over a loose floor covering placed in the area where ISC was contracted to perform repair work.

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

Beaumont attorney Gilbert T. Adams represents her.

Case No. A188-650

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