Woman stumbles while sweeping grass, sues Shire Apartments

David Yates Nov. 4, 2013, 10:26am

While sweeping grass off her apartment stairway, Sheryl Maxile claims she stumbled and grabbed the stair handrail, but it gave way and caused her to fall.

Seeking no more than $500,000 in damages, Maxile filed suit against The Shire Apartments on Oct. 30 in Jefferson County District Court. 

This is not the first suit filed in recent years by a Port Arthur local named Sheryl Maxile.

Last November, Little Angel’s Faith Development Center recently reached an undisclosed settlement with a Sheryl Maxile, who originally sought $1 million in damages from the daycare after an employee left her child unattended in a van when he went home to sleep.

In the current suit, Maxile alleges the incident transpired on Sept. 19, 2012, as she swept grass of her apartment stairs. Allegedly, the handrail gave way after she stumbled and grasped it for support, causing her to fall and injure herself.

The suit does not state the nature of Maxile’s alleged injures.

She faults Shire for negligently failing to inspect and maintain the premises and safeguard her against dangerous conditions.

The plaintiff is suing for her alleged past and future medical expenses, mental anguish, pain and lost wages.

Judge Gary Sanderson, 60th District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. B194-937

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