Kyle Barnett Sep. 23, 2015, 5:32pm


GRETNA – A local restaurant is being sued by a customer who claims she was severely injured after slipping and falling in water at the establishment.

Andrea McGowan, and husband Michael, filed suit against Al Copeland Investments LLC and Copeland’s of New Orleans in the 24th Judicial District Court on July 15.

McGowan contends that on July 20, 2014 she was at the restaurant located at 1700 Lapalco Blvd. in Harvey when she asked an employee where the restroom was. The plaintiff asserts the employee led her to the restroom where she slipped and fell in standing water. McGowan claims that despite no “wet floor” sign being in place the employee told her several people had fallen in the same spot.

The plaintiff alleges she received injuries to her neck, right knee and right ankle for which she had to seek medical treatment at an emergency room.

The defendant is accused of failing to do what should have been done, failing to maintain a clear pathway, disregarding the safety of others, failing to take steps to avoid the incident, creating a trap, improper maintenance, maintaining a deficient and dangerous premises and failing to warn of the defective nature of the premises.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for medical treatment, medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, lost wages and emotional distress.

McGowan is represented by Brad J. Gegenheimer of Gretna-based Grant & Barrow PLC.

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

Case no. 751-612.

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