Tenant sues landlord after allegedly being injured in fall down stairs

By Louisiana Record reports | Dec 9, 2013

GRETNA – A tenant is suing her landlord for injuries she allegedly received in a fall down a set of stairs.

Andrea L. McGuffee filed suit against Keith Brewster in the 24th Judicial District Court on Nov. 19.

McGuffee asserts that she was residing in the upstairs apartment unit of a properly owned by Brewster and located at 3693 Cypress St. in Metairie that was accessible only through a set of concrete stairs. The plaintiff alleges that the steps were built without any hand railings and were hazardous and defective by design and were not compliant with Jefferson Parish building code. McGuffee claims that the stairs were covered in dark mold and poorly lit at night and that she told Brewster about the problem. On the night of Nov. 20 the plaintiff claims she was exiting the premises when she suddenly tripped and fell down the stairs that resulted in severe and permanent injuries.

The defendant is accused of negligence, improperly constructing and maintaining the steps and failing to exercise reasonable care.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for medical expenses, physical pain and suffering, loss of function, mental anguish, emotional distress, diminished earning capacity, loss of enjoyment of life and permanent partial disability.

McGuffee is represented by Edward J. Lilly of New Orleans-based Crull, Castaing & Lilly.

The case has been assigned to Division P Judge Lee V. Faulkner Jr.

Case no. 733-048.

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