David Yates Feb. 29, 2016, 12:51pm


BEAUMONT - A personal injury trial against the owners of an apartment complex ended with the Provost Umphrey Law Firm hauling in a $478,398.03 verdict for their clients.

Through PU attorney James Payne, Port Arthur locals Tyrone and Debra Phillips originally filed suit against Paradise Condos on March 23, 2012, in Jefferson County District Court, alleging a roof collapsed on them while at the complex's premises.

The brief trial ended on Feb. 23 with jurors finding Now Paradise Group LLC negligent by failing to protect the couple from a condition that posed an unreasonable risk of harm.

According to the lawsuit, Tyrone and Debra Phillips were inside apartment 119 when the roof collapsed, severely injuring them.

They jury awarded Tyrone $260,000 for his mental anguish, $2,000 in loss of earning capacity in the past, $145,000 for his physical impairment, $63,081.30 for medical expenses and $10,000 for his disfigurement.

Debra was awarded $15,000 for her mental anguish and $1,316.73 for medical expenses.

The couple accused the defendant negligently failing to inspect and maintain its premises.

The defendant is represented by attorney Thomas Duesler.

Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court, presided over the trial.

Case No. E192-212

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