Woman blames hearing aid business for trip in entryway

John Suayan Aug. 13, 2015, 10:26am


What was supposed to be a visit to a Galveston hearing aid business for a Galveston County woman has resulted in a personal injury lawsuit.

In court papers filed on Aug. 11 in the Galveston County 56th District Court, Karen Hancock claims she “tripped on a defective and dangerous entry way” while making her way into Galco Hearing Aid Services at 2724 61st Street on Aug. 22, 2013.

Galco is named a defendant in the case as is Don Mafrige, the owner of the strip mall of which it is located.

Hancock asserts the event in question happened because there was supposedly nothing to in the area to ensure her safety.

“There were no warning signs, cones or barriers to prevent the plaintiff from tripping and falling as she attempted to step into the door,” the suit says. “No person warned the plaintiff there was a dangerous step up and as a result Plaintiff broke her arm and injured her knee.”

The complaint further charges that Galco employees dragged Hancock up by her arms as she lay crying, insisting she suffered more injury to which no medical attention was given.

“Galco Hearing Aid Service owed a duty to Plaintiff and to the public not to injure people who enter its business doors when they fall, yet breached that duty by dragging Plaintiff up by the arms once she had fallen and failing to seek medical help,” the original petition says.

Consequently, Hancock seeks unspecified monetary damages.

She is represented by attorney Nicola Thompson Drake of The Drake Law Firm PC in Houston.

Galveston County 56th District Court Case No. 15-CV-834

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