City of New Orleans named in workers' compensation lawsuit

Kyle Barnett Feb. 13, 2012, 12:52am

NEW ORLEANS – A workers' compensation fund is suing the City of New Orleans for injuries a delivery driver allegedly received on city property.

The Louisiana Restaurant Association Self Insurer's Fund filed suit on Jan. 31 in the Orleans Parish Civil District Court against the City of New Orleans.

The plaintiff claims the city should be responsible for workers' compensation funds for a food service employee who was injured on city property. The plaintiff alleges Patrick Williams, an employee of Groetsch Wholesalers, was making a food delivery to New Orleans Youth Study Center at 1100 Milton Street and was injured when a loading ramp he was on collapsed.

The defendants are accused of failing to keep its premises in a safe condition, failing to properly inspect the premises for a dangerous condition, failing to warn of a dangerous condition and failing to make appropriate repairs.

The plaintiff is seeking damages in the amount of Williams' medical expenses of $8,987.72 and indemnity benefits of $4,331.95.

The plaintiff is being represented by Rene Paysee of New Orleans-based Johnson, Johnson, Barrios and Yacoubian.

The case has been assigned to Division M Judge Paulette R. Irons.

Case number 2012-00916

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