Kyle Barnett Sep. 4, 2015, 7:29am


GRETNA – A tenant is suing his landlord claiming he failed to repair a leaky roof that resulted in him being injured after slipping and falling in standing water.

David Hammer filed suit against Richard Jaeger and his insurer in the 24th Judicial District Court on July 9.

Hammer alleges that on Aug. 3, 2012 he moved into an apartment at 4509 Chalfont Drive in Metairie that had formerly been a garage. The plaintiff contends that Jaeger bought the property in 2013 and when he did the plaintiff told him about problems with the roof leaking during rainstorms. However, Hammer asserts Jaeger never repaired the leaky roof.

The plaintiff claims that on Feb. 23, 2015 he awoke and needed to use the bathroom and that as he was walking through the apartment’s kitchen he slipped on water that had leaked from the roof and in falling to the floor suffered serious injuries.

The defendant is accused of negligence.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for medical expenses, physical pain and suffering and mental anguish.

Hammer is represented by attorney James Maher III of New Orleans.

The case has been assigned to Division L Judge Donald A. Rowan Jr.

Case no. 751-392.

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