Lizzy Fitzsousa Feb. 28, 2014, 4:04pm

NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board and a construction company are being sued by a local woman who claims she was  severely injured after falling through a faulty drainage grate.

Laquishia Brumfield filed suit against Fleming Construction Company LLC, Gray Insurance Company and the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans in the Orleans Parish Civil District Court on Dec. 5, 2013.

Brumfield claims that on Sept. 14, 2013 she was getting out of a car parked on the 3000 block of St. Claude when she stepped on a drainage grate which suddenly cracked and her leg went through the grate and she fell to the ground.

Fleming, who constructed the grate through a contract with the Sewerage and Water Board, is accused of creating an unreasonably dangerous condition to people traversing the area. The suit alleges the drainage grate was defective and negligently installed.

Brumfield is suing for unspecified damages for physical pain and suffering, mental pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning capacity and residual disability.

The plaintiff is represented by New Orleans area attorney Richard C. Ely.

On Jan. 13, Fleming answered that its insurance company was improperly identified and is actually Amerisure Insurance Company.

The defendants claim the accident was Brumfield’s fault through negligence.

Fleming is represented by James A. Prather of Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith of Mandeville.

Case is assigned to Division C Judge Sidney H. Cates IV.

Case no. 2013-11438.

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