GALVESTON - Leonard Jones Sr. is suing Mel Medellin Bronco Burritos Inc. after he reportedly hurt himself in its parking lot.

A lawsuit filed Sept. 8 in Galveston County District Court says Jones tripped on an elevated metal strip that extended across the entrance of the parking lot on Aug. 2.

The plaintiff went to the Galveston restaurant to pick up food for his daughter, the suit states.

According to the complaint, Jones left the eatery and made his way through the parking lot toward his vehicle when the incident occurred.

The original petition states the plaintiff suffered multiple injuries to his knee, ribs and back.

The restaurant is accused of failing to inspect and maintain the parking lot area, failing to keep the vicinity in a reasonably safe condition, failing to warn the complainant and failing to remove the bar.

"The plaintiff alleges that the defendant had actual or constructive knowledge of the dangerous condition(s) on the premises that posed an unreasonable risk of harm to the plaintiff," the suit says.

"Thus, the defendant was on notice of (the) dangerous conditions and/or defects. The defendant, however, failed to exercise reasonable care to reduce or eliminate the risk."

Consequently, Jones seeks unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.

He is represented by attorney James Carlos Canady of Houston.

The case has been assigned to Galveston County 122nd District Court Judge John Ellisor.

Case No. 11-cv-1428

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