Woman sues school after sign allegedly falls on son's head
Benjamin Banneker Elementary School
NEW ORLEANS – A New Orleans woman is suing her son's school for injures she claims he received on its premises.
Dominique Jenkins individually and on on behalf of her minor child filed suit against Benjamin Banneker Elementary School, Aramark Food Service and their insurers in the Orleans Parish Civil District Court on July 11.
Jenkins claims her son was a student at the school and was going to breakfast in the cafeteria when suddenly a sign fell on him. The plaintiff alleges the incident resulted in severe and debilitating injuries to his head, right arm and neck that have required extensive medical care.
The defendant is accused of failing to correct the defective condition, failing to periodically inspect the area in question, failing to have barricades or warnings to notify of the hazard, failing to warn patrons of the hazards associated with a foreign substance on the floor, failing to use ordinary care in maintenance of the premises, failing to take precautions necessary to avoid incidents, failing to establish and maintain a frequent inspection schedule, failing to properly advise employees on proper and safe procedure of displaying signs and failing to discover the hazard.
An unspecified amount in damages is sought for pain and suffering, future loss of quality of life, medical expenses, loss of earning capacity, permanent mental and physical disability and discomfort, loss of enjoyment of life, emotional distress and mental anguish.
Jenkins is represented by New Orleans-attorney Kenneth M. Waguespack, Jr.
The case has been assigned to Division D Judge Lloyd J. Medley.
Case no. 2012-06361.