Slip & fall against Parkdale Mall slated for April trial

By David Yates | Nov 23, 2011

Unless the case is mediated, a slip-and-fall lawsuit against Parkdale Mall will go trial next spring.

As previously reported, Beaumont resident Theresa Wilson filed a lawsuit June 8, 2010, in Jefferson County District Court against Parkdale Mall, claiming she slipped and fell on a spill while a custodian worked nearby.

A year later, an agreed docket control order was entered in the case on June 23, slating the trial for April 2012.

Although it is unclear if they are the same person, a Theresa Wilson won a $30,000 verdict against Chick-fil-A in 2008 for injuries she received.

In that case, Theresa Wilson had journeyed to the Chick-fil-A nestled inside the food court at Parkdale Mall on Oct. 7, 2003, just a few minutes before the restaurant opened. But before she could order, Wilson's feet came up from underneath her, causing her to hit the floor.

In the current case, Wilson claims she encountered a wet floor in front of the Sprint store as she walked through the Beaumont mall. After falling on the floor, Wilson noticed a custodial employee standing nearby and questioned why the employee hadn't cleaned the spill, according to the complaint.

"The custodian responded by saying the spill was not, 'in her area,'" the suit states.

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

Jonathan C. Juhan of Beaumont represents her.

Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. D187-035

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