A lawsuit has been filed against a company for failing to have a handrail alongside its wooden stairs after a visitor slipped on wet steps and injured his knee.

Reynold Taylor filed suit against Martin Midstream GP on May 20 in Plaquemines Parish District Court. The defendant removed the case to federal court in New Orleans on June 17.

The alleged incident occurred on June 30, 2010, as Taylor was walking down a set of wooden steps at Martin Midstream fuel dock, when he slipped on the wet steps and fell to the ground. Taylor states the incident caused him to suffer an extensive injury to his left knee.

The defendant is accused of failing to provide a safe environment on its wooden steps, allowing water to remain on the wooden steps, failing to maintain the steps in a safe condition, failing to inspect the premises, failing to have non-slip paint or other non- slip material on its wooden steps, failing to provide a proper handrail and for failing to warn of the unsafe condition.

The plaintiff is seeking damages for medical expenses, mental and physical pain, loss of earnings, loss of future earnings, loss of enjoyment of life and interest.

Taylor is represented by Robert C. McCall and Christopher C McCall of Baggett, McCall, Burgess, Watson & Gaughan in Lake Charles.

U.S. District Judge Martin L. C. Feldman is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:11-cv-01442

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