Max Schramel Sep. 17, 2014, 6:58am


NEW ORLEANS – A homeowner is suing a construction company for more than $120,000 claiming it failed to make repairs to her home that were to be undertaken following Hurricane Katrina.

Yvonne Lazard filed suit against Caside Construction LLC, Kevin Caside Construction LLC and Kevin Caside in the Orleans Parish Civil District Court on July 24.

The 81-year-old petitioner claims that as a result of delayed repairs, she has resorted to renting an extension ladder in order to climb through a broken window in her house, which is allegedly the only access point that remains due to exposed framing, electrical wires, no water and bare floors.

Lazard contends that on Dec. 7, 2007, she contacted defendants in order to repair significant damage to her home located at 3936 Delachaise St. in New Orleans. The original contract was later allegedly amended accounting for additional renovations and foundation work. The plaintiff asserts a grant, funded by the Road Home program, accounted for more than $120,000 in repairs. However, the defendants allegedly have failed to complete even a minimal workload required by contract.

The defendant is accused of failing to adhere to the workload agreed under the original contract, which is deemed to be a breach of contract.

The plaintiff is seeking up to $120,000 in damages for costs to complete the project, damages caused by failure to complete the repairs in a timely fashion and mental anguish and exhaustion.

The plaintiff is represented by Mark W. Frilot of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz P.C.

The case has been assigned to Div. C Judge Sidney H. Cates IV.

Case no. 2014-2782.  

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