NEW ORLEANS — An Oregon couple is suing multiple companies, alleging negligence for the husband's fall on a New Orleans stairwell.
Justin Jude Carroll and Karen Rosenblum of Multnomah County, Oregon, filed a complaint March 30 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against
American Empire Surplus Lines Insurance Company, AirBNB Payments Inc. HMIA holdings LLC, Latter & Blum Insurance Services Inc., Lynn S. Schwarzhoff and Mark Hamilton,
alleging negligence and breach of duty in failing to properly maintain the property in a reasonably safe condition.
According to the complaint, on April 10, 2015, Carroll sustained severe bodily injuries when defective wooden stairs he was climbing collapsed at 1423 Royal St., New Orleans. The suit says the property is owned and controlled by Hamilton and Schwarzhoff and it was booked through AirBNB’s, website. The plaintiffs allege the defendants failed to warn them of the dangerous condition of the stairs and failed to cordon off the area to avoid accidents.
The lawsuit states Carroll sustained permanent impairment and lack of enjoyment of life, plus medical expenses.
Carrol and Rosenblum seek a trial by jury, compensation for all damages allowed by law, legal interest and costs, and all general and equitable relief. They are represented by attorneys Carisa German-Oden, Joseph M. Miller and Benjamin B. Saunders of Davis, Saunders, Miller & Oden in Mandeville.
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana Case number 2:16-cv-02589