Jefferson County in trial over fall at jail

David Yates Oct. 29, 2013, 8:21am

Jefferson County will attempt to convince a jury that it is not responsible for a slip and fall at the county jail.

As previously reported, Noryour Akins filed suit against the county on Sept. 27, 2010, in Jefferson County District Court, alleging there were no signs warning that the floor had been recently mopped. 

Jury selection in the case began Tuesday, Oct. 29.

According to the lawsuit, Akins was at the Jefferson County Correctional Facility on Highway 69 on March 16, 2010.

“Akins exited the officers’ dining room and entered the hallway that had just been mopped by employees of the county or inmates,” the suit states. “The floor was still wet and there were no signs to warn her of this dangerous condition. She fell and suffered injuries to her back, lower extremities, head and right shoulder.”

Akins is suing for her alleged medical expenses, mental anguish, impairment and lost wages.

Beaumont attorney Marc Henry of Henry & Fuller represents her.

The county is represented by Assistant District Attorney Phillip Babin.

Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court, is presiding.

Case No. E188-437

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