Kyle Barnett Jun. 25, 2014, 7:05am


GRETNA – A food wholesaler is being sued by woman who claims she was injured after being struck by a forklift operated by one of its employees.

Denise Gray filed suit against Marque’s Distributors Inc. in the 24th Judicial District Court on May 30.

Gray asserts she was leaning against a railing on the porch at the Marque’s Food Market located at 2320 8th St. in Harvey when a forklift operated by one of its employees hit the railing and violently threw her into a nearby wall. The plaintiff claims she received shoulder, arm, leg and back injuries in the incident.

The defendant is accused of failing to maintain control of the forklift, failing to observe patrons, failing to warn patrons of moving equipment, failing to follow accepted safety standards, failing to use appropriate safety equipment and failing to do what should have been done to prevent the accident.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for physical pain and suffering, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, loss of enjoyment of life, mental suffering, scarring, disability and disfigurement.

Gray is represented by Joseph S. Piacun of Metairie-based Genusa, Piacun & Ruli.

The case has been assigned to Division C Judge June Berry Darensburg.

Case no. 738-969.

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