La Marque woman's suit attributes fall in parking lot to poor lighting

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Oct. 2, 2013, 4:52pm

GALVESTON - Claiming she fell in the parking lot of a La Marque business almost two years ago, Texas City resident Brenda Gregorcyk has filed a lawsuit.

Gregorcyk is suing Movie Palace Inc. and Houston resident Paul White, doing business as Night Moves, in response to the Oct. 21, 2011, event in question.

She attributes the fall to "a large crack in the parking lot," stating it caused her to lose her footing and injure her shoulder, head and body.

The defendants, the original petition states, failed to light or maintain the lighting on the premises parking lot.

They are additionally blamed for:

  • Failing to properly inspect the parking lot for lighting problems and cracks or defects;

  • Failing to discover the lighting problems and cracks or defects in and on the parking lot;

  • Failing to provide a safe, clean parking area for customers to use when on the premises;

  • Failing to warn the plaintiff that there was a defect in the parking lot and the lighting problems were hazardous to pedestrians; and

  • Creating a dangerous and hazardous condition by not keeping the parking lot maintained and free of hazards.

Consequently, the claimant seeks $800,000 in damages.

Attorney Steve Engelhardt of Engelhardt Law PLLC in Houston is representing Gregorcyk, and Galveston County 122nd District Court Judge John Ellisor is presiding over the litigation.

Case No. 13-CV-1255

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