David Yates Aug. 25, 2015, 2:19pm


A woman who was working at a Beaumont H-E-B last May apparently slipped while reaching to pick up a can of hairspray that had been dropped by the person stocking the shelves.

Seeking up to $1 million in damages, Linda Jones, a Beaumont local, filed suit against TBC Enterprises and Joan Hudspeth on Aug. 18 in Jefferson County District Court.

According to the lawsuit, on May 24, 2014 Jones was employed by the Beaumont H-E-B on Dowlen Road. Hudspeth, a TBC employee, was stocking the shelves with hair product when she caused a can of aerosol hairspray to fall.

“The can fell to the floor near where Jones was standing and began discharging, creating a dangerous condition,” the suit states. “Jones … stepped forward to pick it up. In the process, she slipped in the discharge … fell backwards and seriously injured her head.”

As a result, Jones has undergone both neck and lower back surgery.

The suit accuses the defendants of negligence but fails to cite a specific act of negligence.

Jones is suing for her alleged physical pain, mental anguish, medical expenses and loss of earning capacity.

The Houston Law Office of Richard Schechter represents her.

Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. E-197448

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