Houma apartment owners sued after step broke

Michelle Massey Feb. 22, 2011, 2:58am

Bordelon and Shea

A Terrebonne Parish resident has filed a lawsuit against the owners of Ansley Place Apartments after he was injured when a step broke causing him to fall down the stairs.

Clinton Pellegrin and Tressa Pellegrin filed suit against Ansley Place Apartments, Hathaway Development Co. Inc., Hathaway Construction Co. Inc., Utica Insurance Co., Pucciano & English Inc., Wright Engineering and Milford Associates Inc. on Dec. 9, 2010 in Terrebonne Parish District Court. The defendant removed the case to federal court in New Orleans on Feb. 10.

The accident occurred on Aug. 11, 2010 as Clinton Pellegrin was walking down the steps of an apartment building at the Ansley Place Apartments in Houma. Pellegrin states that he was injured when one of the steps gave away, causing him to fall down several stairs.

As the owners of the property, the defendants are accused of failing to keep the stairs, passageways and steps in a reasonably safe condition, failing to keep the premises free of a hazardous condition, failing to tighten the nuts and bolts, failing to have proper and adequate stair monitoring programs and procedures and failing to properly train its employees or require safety equipment.

The defendants are also accused of knowing about the hazard and allowing the dangerous and unsafe condition to remain on the premises.

The plaintiffs are represented by David J. Shea of Bordelon & Shea in Houma.

U.S. District Judge Stanwood R. Duval Jr. is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:11-cv-00289

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