GRETNA – A nationwide fast food chain is being sued by a local woman for injuries she claims to have received injuries when the metal lid of an ice dispenser fell on her head.

Mary Reames filed suit against McDonalds’s Restaurants of Louisiana, Inc. in the 24th Judicial District Court on Dec. 11. Reames claims she was using the ice dispenser at the McDonald’s located at 6401 Airline Hwy. in Metairie when a heavy metal lid from the top of the dispenser fell on her head and upper body. The plaintiff alleges that she had no reason to expect the lid would fall on her and that she was injured in the incident.

The defendant is accused of allowing an unreasonable risk of harm to exist, failing to make timely or appropriate inspection of equipment, failing to ensure the lid was secured, failing to use accident prevention measures, failing to properly train and supervise its employees, allowing an unsafe hazard to exist and failing to warn of the hazard.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for physical pain and suffering, mental pain, medical expenses and loss of enjoyment of life.

Reames is represented by J. Thaddeus Westholz of New Orleans-based Thompson, Gibbons & Westholz, LLC.

The case has been assigned to Division F Judge Michael P. Mentz.

Case no. 721-928.

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