Judge Herbert Cade will hear a defense motion in Orleans Parish Civil District Court on Sept. 10 in a slip and fall suit involving a taxi driver and a backpacker's hostel.

Jefferson Parish resident Oscar Salazar is suing the India House Backpacker's Hostel, Certain Underwriters at Lloyds of London and Tandoori Inc., after he fell on a wet spot in the India House lobby in June 2009.

New Orleans attorney Pius Obioha filed the original petition for damages on Jan. 25. It claims that India House is liable for not having had any hand rails on its stairs that would have prevented the fall and that "personnel failed to place a 'wet floor' sign around the pool of water which" caused the fall.

The plaintiff alleges that he slammed his head on the hard floor and thus suffered significant injuries.

New Orleans attorneys Bruce Parkerson and Matthew Moeller are representing the defendants.

Defense counsel submitted a set of interrogatories on April 5 and has submitted several requests for response but claim that the plaintiffs had not complied with the requests.

The defense filed a motion to compel answers to the interrogatories in June.

Orleans Parish Case 2010-00825

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