Woman sues gas station claiming she broke ankle on broken concrete

Kyle Barnett Nov. 29, 2012, 1:17am

GRETNA – A Jefferson Parish woman is suing a local gas station for injuries she claims to have received on their premises.

Sandra J. Baker filed suit against Joe DiMarco, JD & Associates, Time Clock Food Store and Colony Special Insurance Co. in the 24th Judicial District Court on Oct. 15.

Baker claims that she was stepping out of her to pump gas at the Time Clock Food Store located at 4400 Lafitte LaRose Hwy. when she stepped on broken pavement and fell to the ground.

The plaintiff alleges after the incident another patron of the store, claiming to be a nurse, wrapped her ankle. She then called a friend who took her to a nearby hospital where she was diagnosed as having a broken ankle.

According to the suit, Baker underwent surgery for the injury the following day and was wheelchair bound for a period of time and forced to recuperate at her home for three months.

The defendants are accused of maintaining a dangerous and unsafe trip hazard in a common public area, failing to adequately warn invitees or sufficiently mark off the hazardous area, failing to timely make repairs to unsafe common public areas of the business and reckless disregard for the safety of patrons.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for pain and suffering, medical expenses, limited and impaired mobility, permanent partial disability, scarring, disfigurement, court costs and legal fees.

DiMarco is represented by attorney Wallace Kent Porter in Metairie.

The case has been assigned to Division I Judge Nancy A. Miller.

Case no. 720-086

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