A Beaumont judge has ordered Starvin Marvin’s Bar & Grill to pay a plaintiff in a slip-and-fall suit $7,000 in attorney’s fees and court costs.
As previously reported, Patricia Robertson filed suit against the restaurant on Oct. 24, 2011, in Jefferson County District Court, alleging she slipped and fell while dining at the establishment.
Court records show that on Feb. 20 Robertson filed a motion for summary judgment, arguing that the restaurant was in breach of a settlement agreement reached in December.
Starvin Marvin’s responded to the motion on March 19, stating that the interests of Medicare must be taken into account.
On March 27 Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court, ordered Starvin Marvin’s to pay Robertson attorney’s fees in the amount of $6,000 and courts costs in the amount of $1,000, court papers say.
According to the lawsuit, the incident occurred on Sept. 4, 2011, when Robertson slipped on water dripping from an overhead pipe.
“The water on the floor was impossible to see,” the suit states. “There were no warning signs notifying plaintiff and the other customers of this water.”
Robertson was suing for her alleged past and future medical expenses, mental anguish, pain, impairment, disfigurement and lost wages, plus all court costs.
Her husband Ronald, who is also a plaintiff in the suit, was suing for loss of consortium damages.
Houston attorney James Simmons represents them.
Case No. E191-242