Property owner sued by family of deceased man

Kyle Barnett Jan. 16, 2012, 12:55am

NEW ORLEANS - The family of a New Orleans man is suing a property holding company alleging he fell on the stairs at one of their properties and broke his hip and then died weeks later.

The family of George Pigman, III filed suit in Orleans Parish Civil District Court on Jan. 3 against Behringer Harvard Holdings and others.

The Pigman family claims Mr. Pigman sustained severe injuries due to defective stairs at the Entergy Centre at 1100 Poydras Street in New Orleans. The suit states that Pigman was walking up the stairs to have lunch at the Allegro Bistro when he fell backwards onto the pavement.

The plaintiffs assert the stairs were slanted and that no handrail was installed at the site. Pigman died five weeks later after being bedridden following multiple surgeries for a severely broken hip.

The defendants are being accused of negligence for failing to level the steps, failing to provide a handrail, failing to inspect the premises, failing to maintain the steps, failing to meet building code standards and failing to provide warning of the danger.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for pain and suffering, loss of support, loss of enjoyment of life, medical expenses and funeral expenses.

The Pigmans are being represented by Adam H. Weintraub of New Orleans-based Herman, Herman, Katz and Cotlar.

The case has been assigned to Division K Judge Herbert A. Cade.

Case number 12-00041

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