Nail salon seeks summary judgment in JC slip & fall, suit alleges ‘poorly designed’ ramp caused fall

By David Yates | Nov 14, 2018

BEAUMONT – An area nail salon is seeking summary judgment in a slip and fall lawsuit alleging that a woman fell because of a “poorly designed” ramp.

Seeking up to $1 million in damages, Shirley Reese filed suit against HEB Grocery and Tic Tac Day Spa & Salon on Jan. 19, 2017.

According to the lawsuit, on March 19, 2015, Reese was walking from the entrance of the salon located in the HEB shopping center off of Dowlen “when she slipped and fell due to a poorly designed sloped ramp,” falling backwards of the sidewalk.

Reese alleges both HEB and Tic Tac owed her a duty to inspect the premises and remedy any dangerous conditions.


Court records show Tic Tac filed a motion for summary judgment on Sept. 26, arguing there is no evidence to support her claim against the company.

Tic Tac argues it is entitled to summary judgment because the incident occurred outside of the leased premises and it had not control over the area.

A hearing on the matter was slated for Nov. 13 but was postponed, according to a courthouse official.

Reese is suing for her past and future medical expenses, mental anguish, disfigurement, lost wages and pain.

She is represented by Beaumont attorney Jason Cansler.

Tic Tac is represented by Germer attorneys Collin Shellenberger and Justin Rhodes.

Judge Kent Walston, 58th District Court, is presiding over the case.

Case No. A-199497

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