NEW ORLEANS – A Lafourche Parish woman is suing a local nature institute for injuries after she allegedly injured herself on the premises of an exhibit.

Rebecca Gros, and husband Dale, filed a lawsuit against Audubon Nature Institute in the Orleans Parish Central District Court on Dec. 21.

The plaintiffs claim that while walking near one of the defendant’s exhibits she tripped and fell due to an uneven and unsafe change in elevation caused by a crack in the walking surface.

The defendant is accused of negligence, failing to adequately repair the area, negligently allowing a seriously dangerous condition to exist on the ground, a condition which defendants knew of or should have known of and failing to provide a safe place to walk.

An unspecified amount is sought for pain and suffering, mental anguish and medical expenses. Dale Gros claims damages for loss of love and affection, loss of companionship, loss of performance of material services, impairment of sexual relations and loss of felicity.

The plaintiff is represented by Michelle O. Gallagher of Braud & Gallagher LLC.

This case has been assigned to Division A Judge Tiffany G. Chase.

Case no. 2013-01655.

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