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Slip-and-fall trial against Golden Corral ends with $64K verdict

By David Yates | Oct 1, 2012

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A trial against Golden Corral, who was sued by a woman alleging she slipped and fell in a puddle of water on the floor of the restaurant, ended with a jury award of more than $64,000.

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

The case want to trial on Sept. 24 and ended two days later.

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.

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

According to the charge of the court filed Sept. 27, 11 out of 12 jurors found that Golden Corral was negligent in causing the incident.

Jurors awarded Trigg $64,500 for her past and future mental anguish, impairment and medical expenses.

The case was set to go to trial last year, but Golden Corral filed a motion for continuance on Feb. 11, 2011, arguing “that its attorney, Michael McGown, is undergoing total hip replacement surgery.”

Judge Gary Sanderson of the 60th District Court granted the motion four days later.

McGown is an attorney for the Beaumont law firm Benckenstein, Norvell and Nathan.

The plaintiff is represented by attorney Kelly Curran.

Case No. B183-123

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