NEW ORLEANS - A St. Bernard Parish man claims a construction company failed to properly take down a fence causing him to trip and fall over wire.

Gerald Hingle filed suit against Valero Refining-Meraux, John Doe Contractors and XYZ Insurance Co. on July 25 in St. Bernard Parish District Court. The defendants removed the case to federal court in New Orleans on Sept. 7.

The alleged incident occurred on April 4 as Hingle was working for Allied Barton Security Service as a security guard at Valero Refining-Meraux. He states he tripped and fell over wire which was protruding approximately three inches from the ground. The wire was allegedly left by a contractor of the defendants.

The defendant is accused of negligence for failing to totally remove the wire from the ground when taking down a fence, for failing to properly remove the entire fence, and for failing to properly grade the area.

The plaintiff is seeking damages for pain, mental anguish, personal injuries, medical expenses, physical pain and suffering, inconvenience, aggravation, interest, and court costs.

Hingle is represented by Cullen A. Tonry of The Tonry Law Firm in Chalmette.

U.S. District Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:12-cv-02230

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