Security company sued for allegedly spilling dangerous chemical in customer's home

Catherine Melancon Nov. 26, 2012, 5:38am

Joseph Possa

BATON ROUGE – A Baton Rouge Parish man is suing a security installation company after one of its employees spilled a strong chemical in his home.

Jude Lagarde filed suit against ADT Security Services, Inc., its insurers and Lionel Pollet in the 19th Judicial Court on Nov. 7.

Lagarde claims that on Nov. 9, 2011, ADT technicians were installing a home security system, when one of the technicians, Pollet, knocked over a container of Aquashade. Aquashade is a dye used in ponds.

The plaintiff asserts Pollet spilled the chemical all over his house, causing massive damage to his walls and floor. Lagarde allegedly provided a proof of loss to ADT Security Services, Inc., but it has failed to adequately and timely pay Lagarde.

The defendants are accused of failing to adequately and timely pay Lagarde a fair and reasonable amount for the damages he sustained therefore breaching their duty of good faith and fair dealing, the suit says.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for property damage expenses, repairs, necessary cleaning expenses, inconvenience and loss of use and diminution in property value.

Lagarde claims he suffered bodily injuries from the exposure to strong chemicals and fear and fright from the exposure.

He is also seeking compensation for future medicals expenses, physical pain and suffering, mental anguish and pain and loss of enjoyment of life.

Lagarde is represented by Joseph C. Possa of Baton Rouge-based Tyler and Possa.

The case has been assigned to Division M Judge Kay Bates.

Case no. 616839.

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