Church sued after visitor trips on wire

Michelle Massey Jul. 5, 2010, 3:58am


A Louisiana woman is suing a church for injuries she allegedly suffered when she tripped and fell in an aisle.

Mable H. Cox filed suit against Southwest Region Conference Association of Seventh Day Adventist doing business as Caffin Avenue International Seventh-Day Adventist Church and Gencon Insurance Co. of Vermont June 24 in New Orleans Parish District Court.

Cox says the incident happened in June 2009 while she was attending a Sabbath school lesson. Cox says she was tripped over an obstruction, possibly audio and/or video wiring, which caused her to fall and hit the floor.

She claims she hurt her shoulder in the fall. Cox also blames the fall for post-traumatic headaches she allegedly suffers.

The defendants are accused of negligence for failing to maintain the premises, failing to warn of the hazardous condition, failing to inspect and discover the hazardous condition and failing to take preventative measures to prevent wiring from obstruction the safe passage of church service participants.

Cox says that the wiring created "an unreasonable risk of harm and trap for the unwary."

She is seeking damages for pain and suffering, mental anguish, permanent disability, medical expenses, loss of income, loss of earning capacity, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of consortium, interest and court costs.

Cox is represented by attorney Albert J. LeBeouf of Abita Springs.

Judge Sidney H. Cates, IV is assigned to the case.

Case No. 10-6505

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