Speedy Stop No. 14

A new discovery control plan order has recently been entered in a trip-and-fall case filed against an area convenience store.

In October 2009, Stephanie Murphy filed suit against Speedy Stop Stores, alleging she broke her elbow after she fell on a substance while walking through a Beaumont store.

Murphy claims she was shopping for food at Speedy Stop No. 14 on College Street on March 25, 2009, when she slipped on the unknown substance.

The case was set on the December 2010 trial docket, but was bumped to the September 2011 docket, according to the new plan order filed Dec. 6.

The plan order shows the parties will be engaged in discovery until a pre-trial conference set for Aug. 19.

Because of her fall, Murphy broke her elbow, which required multiple surgeries, lost wages and experienced pain, suffering and mental anguish.

In her suit, Murphy claims Speedy Stop Stores was negligent because it knew of the wet condition, which caused an unreasonable amount of harm to its customers.

Murphy is seeking an unspecified judgment, plus pre- and post-judgment interest, costs and other relief the court deems just.

She is represented by Gordon D. Friesz of McPherson, Hughes, Bradley, Wimberley, Steele and Chatelain in Port Arthur.

Speedy Stop is represented by Beaumont attorney Steven Thomas of Chambers, Templeton, Thomas and Brinkley.

Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court, is presiding over the case.

Case No. A185-226

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