Kyle Barnett May 8, 2013, 10:04am

GRETNA – A Jefferson Parish woman is suing a local fast food restaurant for injuries she claims to have received while trying to escape from the store’s bathroom where she alleges she was trapped.

Cynthia Arbrough filed suit against McDonald’s Restaurants of Louisiana Inc. and McDonald’s Store No. 5359 in the 24th Judicial District Court on March. 11.

Arbrough claims she was a customer at the McDonald’s located at 140 Lapaclo Blvd. in Gretna when she became stuck in the bathroom. The plaintiff alleges she was trapped in the bathroom for five minutes when she became anxious and tried to open the door and it partially opened then shut on her hand. Arbrough asserts that she instantly received lacerations on her hand in the incident.

The plaintiff claims she then showed the manager the defective door and they subsequently both became stuck in the bathroom. The manager had to forcefully push the door open with her body.

The defendant is accused of failing to warn the plaintiff of the defective restroom door, failing to maintain the restroom door, failing to maintain the premises and having care and custody of the defective and hazardous door.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for pain and suffering, medical expenses, permanent disability, loss of enjoyment of life and family, loss of use of a percentage of the plaintiff’s hand range of motion and movement, hand fracture and scarring.

Arbrough is represented by Blaine M. Hebert of the Marrero-based Hebert Law Firm LLC.

The case has been assigned to Division L Judge Donald A. Rowan Jr.

Case no. 724-690.

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