HOUSTON – A female participant in the annual Offshore Technology Conference claims she was injured while leaving the facility hosting the event.

Harris County resident Patricia Beazley sued the Harris County Sports and Convention Corp. and SMG, who own and operate the NRG complex, on Nov. 17 in local state district court over the alleged slip and fall earlier this year.

Beazley explains that she initially went to the venue to set up a booth last Apr. 29, but police turned her away because she wore high heels. The plaintiff then purchased a pair of tennis shoes at a nearby store and was allowed entry.

Recent court papers further explain that as Beazley exited the building, she noticed the doors to the outside of the facility were propped open, which allowed water to collect on the floor in the form of condensation. She obeyed authorities’ instructions to use caution, but slipped and fell, the original petition says.

The complaint ultimately faults the defendants for premises liability and negligent undertaking.

Consequently, Beazley seeks unspecified monetary damages.

She is represented by attorneys David K. Mestemaker, Norman Straub, Van Gardner, and Jonathan B. Zumwalt of the law firm Mestemaker & Straub in Houston.

Harris County 215th District Court Case No. 2017-77129

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