Harris County Woman Files Lawsuit After Door Malfunction Causes Severed Finger

On March 30, 2020, a Harris County woman filed a complaint in the Harris County District Court against BKD Twenty-One Management Company, Inc. doing business as Brookdale Plaza West University, the manager of the subject premises, Brookdale Employee Services, LLC, HCP HB3 West University Houston TX GP, LLC, among others. The woman brought multiple causes of action against the defendants, including premises liability and negligence.

On April 5, 2018, the woman entered the laundry room at Brookdale West University. When she was proceeding through the automatic doors, the doors unexpectedly malfunctioned and violently closed on the woman. As a result, the woman’s right middle finger was severed. The woman maintains that the condition of the doors existed for a sufficient period of time prior to this incident and the defendants knew or should have known of the existence of the condition that caused this incident. The woman further alleges the defendants failed to protect her from the known or discoverable dangerous conditions on the premises.

The woman is seeking recovery based on claims of premises liability against several of the defendants. In particular, the woman claims those defendants were negligent at the time of the incident in that they failed to maintain safe premises, failed to warn the woman of the dangerous condition, and failed to exercise reasonable care to reduce or eliminate the risk. The woman also claims that the defendants are responsible for the negligent conduct of the premises’ manager under the doctrine of Respondeat Superior because at the time of the incident the manager was acting within the course and scope of her employment. The woman further makes a negligence claim against the premises manager, alleging that the manager failed to inspect, modify or have the laundry doors in question repaired, failed to ensure the doors were installed properly, and failed to supervise persons under her control that were instructed to properly maintain the doors.

The woman seeks monetary relief damages resulting from past and future physical pain and mental anguish, past and future physical impairment, and past and future medical expenses. The woman is seeking monetary relief between $200,000 and $1 million.

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