Michelle Keahey Feb. 5, 2013, 12:35pm

NEW ORLEANS - An Ohio woman has filed a lawsuit seeking more than $400,000 from a New Orleans restaurant claiming it failed to warn her that an employee had just mopped the floor.

Barbara Chalmers filed suit against 441 Royal L.L.C. and George Ammari d/b/a Royal House Restaurant on Jan. 4 in federal court in New Orleans.

The alleged incident occurred on Feb. 18, 2012 as Chalmers, her husband and minor child were at the Royal House Restaurant in New Orleans. While on her way to the restroom with her minor son, Chalmers slipped and fell on water which was on the floor near the restrooms, the suit claims.

Just prior to Chalmers slipping and falling, an employee had mopped the floor and left the wet spot on the floor, the suit claims.

The defendant is accused of negligence for having actual or constructive knowledge of the wet spot, the spot where she fell constituted an unreasonable risk of harm, for failing to exercise reasonable care to eliminate the unreasonably dangerous wet spot or to warn Chalmers, and for failing to place any sign warning that the floor was wet.

The plaintiff is asking for an award of $425,000 in damages for physical pain and suffering, mental anguish, emotional distress, loss of income, loss of earnings capacity, medical expenses, loss of enjoyment of life, permanent disability, interest, and court costs.

Chalmers is represented by Clement P. Donelon in Metairie. A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:13-cv-00020

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