O’Reilly Automotive asserts plaintiff’s negligence caused him to slip and fall

By David Yates | May 31, 2013

O’Reilly Automotive, a defendant in a slip-and-fall lawsuit brought by Jeffrey Decuir, recently amended its answer to assert contributory negligence.

As previously reported, the suit was filed July 5 in Jefferson County District Court.

O’Reilly’s amended answer, filed May 9, asserts a general denial and that the plaintiff’s own negligence was the cause of his injuries.

The answer also accuses the plaintiff of failing to put a dollar amount on his suit.

According to the lawsuit, on Feb. 6, 2012, Decuir was entering the O’Reilly Auto Parts in Nederland when he slipped and fell in a wet area.

The suit does not state what type of liquid caused the spill but does allege, however, O’Reilly Automotive negligently failed to put up warning signs and inspect and maintain its premises.

Decuir is suing for his alleged past and future medical expenses, mental anguish, pain and lost wages, plus all court costs.

He is represented by Adam Nichols, attorney for the Beaumont law firm Reaud, Morgan & Quinn.

Attorney Henri Dussault of Fort Worth law firm Brackett & Ellis represents O’Reilly.

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

Case No. D192-653

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