HOUSTON - Fort Bend County resident Minh Sullivan has filed suit against the U. S. Postal Service in response to injuries she received in a one-vehicle accident at the post office in Missouri City.
Recent court papers filed Sept. 27 in the Houston Division of the Southern Division of Texas state the "tragic" incident occurred the afternoon of Nov. 9, 2010, when an elderly woman drove through the front glass window of the building and came to rest in the lobby.
Sullivan asserts the impact of the collision in question caused a wall of heavy boxes to fall on her, causing serious injuries.
According to the original petition, the plaintiff sustained multiple, complex facial fractures and lacerations, significant facial soft tissue crush, a pelvic fracture, a fracture of the left hip socket, a left comminuted fibular fracture, right rib fractures, nervous system injury, a concussion and other permanent brain damage.
The suit insists the subject event occurred despite the defendant's "long and extensive knowledge of similar crashes," blaming it for failing to make the facility safe for Sullivan.
"Because there had been one or more prior motor vehicle crashes into the post office building where the Sullivan crash occurred, the Postal Service, by and through its Postmaster General, Postal Inspector, employees, agents and other relevant postal service officials, knew or should have known that the post office premises were unsafe and presented an unreasonable risk of harm to Sullivan and that the danger of a car crashing into the building was foreseeable," it says.
Sullivan says she informed the USPS about the crash, but the respondent rejected her claim two months ago.
The motorist, Antonia Jacotin, is not a party in the case.
A jury trial is requested.
Attorney Mark. T. Croley with the Croley Law Firm in Houston is representing the plaintiff.
Case No. 4:12-cv-2891