Courtyard Marriott sued by woman who was allegedly injured after tripping on walkway

By Kyle Barnett | Jun 17, 2013

Jessica A. Perez

GRETNA – A Pensacola, Fla. woman is suing a Metairie Marriott for injuries she claims to have received in a fall in its parking lot.

Paula R. Powell, and husband Roderick, filed suit against Marriott International Inc. and Marriott Hotel Services Inc. in the 24th Judicial District Court on April 19. Powell claims that April 22, 2012 she was on a concrete walkway outside of the Courtyard Marriott located at 2 Galleria Blvd. in Metairie when she tripped on an upturned slab of concrete and fell. The plaintiff alleges she received serious injuries in the fall. Powell asserts the piece of concrete she tripped on was not easily visible and constituted a hidden danger.

The defendant is accused of failing to maintain its premises free from unsafe conditions, failing to use reasonable and ordinary methods to keep the premises in a safe and suitable condition, failing to use reasonable care in discovering unsafe conditions, failing to adequately inspect the area, failing to take adequate protective measures against unreasonably dangerous conditions, having knowledge of a dangerous condition and failing to provide the public and the plaintiffs with a reasonably safe walking surface.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for physical pain and anguish, mental pain and anguish, loss of enjoyment of life and likely permanent injuries.

Powell is represented by Jessica A. Perez of Plaquemine-based Pendley, Baudin & Coffin LLP.

The case has been assigned to Division B Judge Cornelius E. Regan.

Case no. 726-180.

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