Dowlen Oaks Retirement Center

A dishwasher with sensitive hands is suing the Dowlen Oaks Retirement Center "for failing to provide proper training." Gary Stallworth is claiming his skin problem is due to washing dishes at the retirement center.

Through attorney Pat McGinnis, Stallworth filed his personal-injury lawsuit with the Jefferson County District Court on Nov. 7.

Stallworth's suit says he was washing dishes for Dowlen Oaks on Nov. 28, 2005, when he began to notice a skin problem with his hands.

In his suit, Stallworth claims doctors informed him the injury was caused by the manner in which he was washing dishes.

"The incident was caused by negligent acts…on the part of Dowlen Oaks," the suit said.

The suit says Dowlen Oaks is negligent for failing to provide proper training, equipment, and staff and for failing to provide a safe place to work.

Stallworth is suing for past and future physical pain, mental anguish, lost wages, impairment and medical expenses, plus actual and compensatory damages.

He is demanding a trial by jury.

Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th Judicial District, will preside over the case.

Case No. D180-722

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