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Attorney representing woman who had door shut on her withdraws as counsel

By David Yates | May 24, 2012

An attorney representing a woman who allegedly had a door shut too hard on her has withdrawn from the case.

Annie Sinegal filed a lawsuit May 24, 2011, in Jefferson County District Court against Fannie Thomas.

On Feb. 9 an agreed motion to withdraw was filed in the case, requesting that Tom Oxford of Waldman Smallwood in Beaumont be withdrawn from the case.

Although the motion states Sinegal had been notified and consented to Oxford's withdrawal, the document does not state why the attorney sought to leave the case.

Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th District Court, granted the motion the same day as it was filed.

According to the suit, Sinegal worked as a caretaker for Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Thomas, and was performing her job duties at their home on Jan. 13, 2010, when the incident occurred.

"Defendant, Fannie Thomas, was at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Thomas and as she was exiting the home she accidentally shut the door in an unsafe and forceful manner on Mrs. Thomas," the suit states. "Plaintiff, Annie Sinegal, caught the door to prevent it from striking Mrs. Thomas resulting in the injuries and damages complained of herein."

Sinegal seeks an unspecified judgment, plus interest at the legal rate, costs and other relief the court deems just.

Case No. D190-093

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