Elizabeth Young Jan. 31, 2013, 4:24pm

NEW ORLEANS – A New Jersey man is suing a New Orleans hotel after falling during his visit to the city.

Albert Ripp filed suit against The Hampton Inn New Orleans Downtown, its general manager and insurer in the Orleans Parish Civil District Court. The plaintiff was a guest on the top floor of the hotel on Nov. 25, 2011 when the accident occurred, the suit claims.

Ripp says that he slipped and fell in water that was leaking from the roof of the building. He further claims that he sustained severe injuries in the fall.

The hotel is accused of negligence for failing to provide proper drainage, for permitting the property to fall into ruin, for failing to abide by applicable building or safety codes, for failing to provide appropriate areas for its guests, failing to warn of unsafe conditions and failing to repair its building.

A total of $75,000 in damages is sought for severe injury of mind and body, ongoing pain and suffering, medical expenses, mental and physical pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, residual disability and future loss of income.

The plaintiff is represented by John S. Sullivan of New Orleans.

The case has been assigned to Division L Judge Kern A. Reese.

Case No. 2012-10709.

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