Copeland’s sued over alleged injuries from trip and fall

By Lizzy Fitzsousa | May 14, 2014

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NEW ORLEANS – A local Copeland’s restaurant is the target of a lawsuit after a woman was allegedly injured after tripping over a bucket of sand in a parking lot.

Carolyn Gaines, and husband Ferdinand, filed suit against Copeland’s of New Orleans LLC, Al Copeland Investments LLC, and their insurance company in the Orleans Parish Civil District Court on Jan. 31.

According to the suit, after parking in a handicapped space at Copeland’s, Gaines tripped and fell over the base of a missing handicapped sign. The plaintiff claims she injured her neck, mouth, right hand and wrist in the fall.

The defendants are accused of maintaining a dangerous condition that they should have known would cause injury, failing to inspect for dangerous conditions and failing to meet standards of good safety practice.

The Gaineses are suing for medical expenses, physical pain and suffering, mental pain, anguish and distress, physical impairment and disfigurement and loss of enjoyment of life.

The plaintiff is represented by Alejandro R. Perkins of Hammonds, Sills, Adkins & Guice LLP.

Case is assigned to Division D Judge Lloyd J. Medley.

Case no. 2014-01147.

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