Lawsuit over city of Port Arthur employee wreck granted continuance

Marilyn Tennissen Mar. 4, 2014, 3:25pm

A lawsuit alleging a woman was injured in a car crash with a city of Port Arthur employee has been granted a continuance.

Lizbeth Thomas sued the city of Port Arthur on Jan. 18, 2013. 

She claims on Oct. 21, 2011, she sustained injuries due to the negligence of an employee of the city of Port Arthur who allegedly caused an auto collision.

Driver Beatriz Medina Cardenas was later added as a defendant.

 The plaintiff alleges Cardenas was guilty of failing to keep a proper lookout, failure to yield right-of-way, lack of proper control and failure to make a proper and timely application of brakes.

The city is responsible under the doctrine of respondeat superior for entrusting the vehicle to the employee.

In its answer, the defendants assert the incident was caused by Thomas’ failure to keep a proper lookout, failure to maintain a safe speed and distance behind Cardenas and failure to apply her brakes. 

Thomas is seeking damages for physical pain, mental suffering, medical expenses, loss of earnings, physical impairment, physical disfigurement, emotional distress and loss of the ability to enjoy life.

Attorney John Werner, Reaud Morgan & Quinn LLP in Beaumont is representing her.

At a Feb. 6 hearing, Judge Milton Shuffield granted the plaintiff’s motion for continuance.

On Feb. 18, Werner submitted the Plaintiff’s Supplemental Response to All Defendants’ Requests for Disclosure.

A trial date is set for September, but the judge ordered parties to try to reach an agreement for a date to hear motions for summary judgment.

Cardenas is represented by Houston attorney R.J. Blue of Soule, Baldwin & Fanaff.

Jefferson County Case No. D193-835


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