Motion for judgment on $351K verdict against county filed

David Yates Dec. 8, 2013, 4:10pm

Last month, a jury rendered a verdict of more than $350,000 against Jefferson County, finding that the county is responsible for a woman’s slip and fall at the county jail. On Dec. 2 the plaintiff in the case filed a motion for judgment on the verdict, court papers say.

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.

The case went to trial on Oct. 29 and ended a few days later.

According to the court’s charge to the jury, the jury found that the county failed to warn Akins of the dangerous slip hazard, assigning 100 percent of the negligence to the governing entity.

Jurors awarded Akins $239,884.76 for her past and future medical expenses, $7,000 for her past and future pain, $2,000 for her mental anguish$3,500 for her past and future impairment and finally $100,660 for her past and future lost wages.

However, according to the motion for judgment, the damages exceed the maximum amount recoverable under law.

The plaintiff is asking that the court enter a judgment of $100,000 for plaintiff and court costs in the amount of $918.38.

The lawsuit alleges that 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.”

Beaumont attorney Marc Henry of Henry & Fuller represents Akins.

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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