Additional counsel added in slip & fall against Pei Wei

David Yates May 9, 2013, 3:06pm

Additional counsel has been added in litigation brought by Pamelia East, who allegedly slipped in a puddle of water near the soda dispenser at the Pei Wei in Beaumont.

In February 2011, East filed suit against the restaurant in Jefferson County District Court, claiming Pei Wei should have roped off the area and warned patrons of the hazard.

Court records show that on April 3 Judge Gary Sanderson, 6oth District Court, granted a motion by the plaintiff seeking to enroll attorney Adam Terrell as co-counsel.

The suit was originally filed through Beaumont attorney Thomas Moses.

Terrell is an attorney for the Weller, Green, Toups and Terrell law firm in Beaumont.

The lawsuit alleges that East was dinning at the Pei Wei on Dowlen Road on a rainy day “when she slipped and fell in a large puddle of water near the soda dispenser.”

“The puddle of water was large and had been on the floor for a long period of time because there were signs that other customers had walked through the puddle,” the suit states.

“There was significant rainfall that day. Defendant knew that when it rained, there was a leak in the roof and rain water fell onto the floor.”

East alleges Pei Wei negligently failed to “rope off the area that was wet” and warn customers “of the dangerous condition on the floor.”

She is suing the company for her alleged past and future medical expenses, mental anguish, pain, impairment, disfigurement and lost wages.

Houston attorney Roger Oppenheim of the Lorance & Thompson law firm represents Pei Wei.

Case No. B189-323

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