Handicapped woman claims she fell due to improper access to building

Kyle Barnett Mar. 9, 2012, 1:21pm

GRETNA – A Jefferson Parish woman is suing for injuries she claims occurred on her dentist's landlord's property.

Ila Reason filed suit on March 3 in 24th Judicial District Court against Russell and Marion DiMarco. Reason claims she was forced to use a wheelchair at the time of the visit to the dentist's office due to surgey and medical treatment she she had recently undergone.

The plaintiff alleges the defendants located the handicapped parking spaces too far away from the entrance of the building and that the wheelchair ramp at the entrance of the building was blocked by vehicles parked in regular space.

Reason asserts she was forced to walk up the stairs without the aid of a railing and ended up falling on the stairs and seriously injuring herself.

The plaintiff claims her injuries needed emergency treatment, surgery, extensive treatment and therapy. The defendants are accused of allowing a defect in construction to exist on their property, allowing the handicapped access to be blocked, failing to repair a hazardous condition and failing to allow safe passage of handicapped patrons.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for medical expenses, injuries, pain and suffering, mental anguish, emotional distress, loss of society, loss of enjoyment of life and loss of consortium.

Ila Reason is being represented by Harvey-based attorney Cheryl Ann McAnespy-Smith.

Case number 711978 has been assigned to Division O Judge Ross P. LaDart.

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