A local judge recently granted a motion for continuance filed by defendant Golden Corral, who was sued by a woman alleging she slipped and fell in a puddle of water on the floor of the restaurant.

Plaintiff Cynthia Trigg, a Dallas County resident, filed suit against Golden Corral on Jan. 26, 2009, in Jefferson County District Court.

Court records show Trigg was eating at the Beaumont Golden Corral off Interstate 10 on April 1, 2007, when she slipped on a puddle of streaming water on the floor near a buffet line.

Golden Corral filed the motion for continuance on Feb. 11, arguing "that its attorney, Michael McGown, is undergoing total hip replacement surgery."

McGown, an attorney for the Beaumont law firm Benckenstein, Norvell and Nathan, underwent the surgery on Feb. 15 and requires eight weeks of rest before he can effectively resume his duties, the motion states.

Judge Gary Sanderson of the 60th District Court granted the motion on Feb. 15.

Because of her fall, Trigg claims she sustained a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

She is suing for her physical pain, mental anguish, lost earnings, a damage to her earning capacity, physical impairment, disfigurement and incurred medical expenses.

Aaron A. Herbert of the Rad Law Firm in Dallas represents her.

Case No. B183-123

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