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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Woman steps in between rubber mats on rainy day and slips, sues Casa Ole for more than $1 million

By David Yates | Jan 7, 2020


BEAUMONT – Although rubber mats were laid out, Lorena Strange stepped in between them while walking into a Casa Ole on rainy day, causing her to slip and fall.

Seeking more than $1 million in damages, Strange filed suit against Williston Holding Company on Jan. 2 in Jefferson County District Court.

According to the lawsuit, on Oct. 15 Strange, who was 78-years old at the time, went to the Port Arthur Casa Ole to have lunch. It had been raining the entire morning.

As she walked into the restaurant, there were two rubber mats laid out in front of the door with at least a two-foot gap between them that exposed the hard tile floor.

“When Lorena (Strange) stepped off the first mat and onto the hard tile floor, she lost her footing on the wet and slippery tile and fell to the ground,” the suit states. “Casa Ole failed to put out any signage that warned of a wet floor. Because of the fall, Ms. Strange suffered serious and lasting injuries to her hand, wrist and arm.”

The suit accuses the defendant of negligently failing to correctly place the safety mats.

Strange is suing for her past and future medical expenses, mental anguish, loss of earning capacity and impairment, plus attorney’s fees.

Beaumont attorneys Malachi and Judson Daws represent her.

Judge Justin Sanderson, 60th District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. B-205071

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Casa OleThe Daws Law FirmJefferson County District Court