IHOP sued after customer slips on freshly mopped floor

By The Louisiana Record | Aug 23, 2013

NEW ORLEANS - The IHOP restaurant on Belle Terre Boulevard in Laplace is being sued by a customer who slipped and fell due to a wet floor.

Javole Nunnery filed suit against Jamal and Kamal Inc. d/b/a International House of Pancakes and/or IHOP on Aug. 14 in federal court in New Orleans.

The alleged incident occurred on Aug. 19, 2012 as Nunnery and a friend were leaving the IHOP after picking up a takeout order. Nunnery slipped and fell on the floor of the IHOP near the hostess station.  After he fell, Nunnery learned that he slipped due to a wet floor.

The defendant is accused of negligence for needlessly endangering its customers, including Nunnery, by consciously choosing not to establish and/or enforce safety rules and procedures that identified that risks of harm, eliminated those risks of harm, failing to place a warning or caution sign indicating a wet, slippery, and/or dangerous floor, choosing to leave the newly mopped, wet floor unattended and unmonitored, not properly training its employees in safe floor cleaning and maintenance procedures, not properly supervising the employee who was mopping the floor, and for failed to provide a safe walkway/passageway/floor for exiting customers.

The plaintiff is seeking an award of damages for pain and suffering, physical and mental, medical expenses, loss of earnings, earning capacity and benefits, permanent disabilities, loss of life’s pleasures and enjoyment, interest, and court costs.

Nunnery is represented by Terrence J. Lestelle, Andrea S. Lestelle, and Richard M. Morgain of Lestelle & Lestelle in Metairie. A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Ivan L. R. Lemelle is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:13-cv-05433

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