USPS sued after woman trips over uneven concrete at Gray Post Office

Michelle Keahey Aug. 31, 2012, 4:38am


NEW ORLEANS - The Gray Post Office is being sued by a Terrebonne Parish woman who claims she tripped on uneven concrete and was injured by falling.

Sandra Duplantis filed suit against United States of America d/b/a United States Postal Service, Segura Enterprises Ltd., Shirley D. Crowley, and James J. Crowley Jr., as trustee of the James J. Crowley III Trust, Leander P. Landry Trust and the Brett M. Landry Trust, on Aug. 17 in federal court in New Orleans.

The alleged incident occurred on Aug. 19, 2011 as Duplantis was walking up to the Gray Post Office entrance with a package to mail. She states that she tripped and fell on uneven, broken cement in the walkway or parking lot. The fall allegedly caused her to suffer injuries to her arms, legs, shoulder, hip and neck.

The defendants are accused of negligence for failing to properly construct the sidewalk/walkway/parking lot, in violation of building codes and regulations, for failing to properly maintain the area, failing to properly warn of a defective condition, and for failing to timely repair a defective condition.

The plaintiff is seeking damages for physical and mental pain and suffering, medical expenses, disability, loss of bodily function, physical impairment, loss of enjoyment of life, interest and court costs.

Duplantis is represented by Adam J. Triplett, Charles C. Bourque Jr., Christopher J. St. Martin, and Joseph G. Jevic III of St. Martin & Bourque in Houma.

U.S. District Judge Sarah S. Vance is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:12-cv-02106

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