GRETNA – The family of a woman who allegedly died after suffering a brain injury when she hit her head on a pavement after being knocked to the ground by a defective electric door is suing the hospital where the incident allegedly took place.

Michael Pitre and Nancy Pitre Desalvo, individually and on behalf of their deceased wife and mother Verna B. Pitre, filed suit against Jefferson Parish Hospital Service District No. 2, Parish of Jefferson, State of Louisiana, East Jefferson General Hospital, DCI Door Controls Inc. and DCI Door Controls Inc. in the 24th Judicial District Court on Aug. 7.

Pitre and Desalvo allege Verna Pitre was exiting East Jefferson General Hospital located at 4200 Houma Blvd. in Metairie when the sliding glass electric doors in the hospital parking garage suddenly closed and stuck her walker and caused her to fall to the pavement. The plaintiffs contend Verna Pitre struck her head on the ground and subsequently died from a serious closed head and brain injury.

The defendant is accused of improperly maintaining the doors, failing to provide proper maintenance, failing to make a timely inspection of the area, failing to properly train personnel, failing to remedy an unsafe condition and failing to correct a defective mechanism.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for wrongful death, funeral expenses, loss of enjoyment of life, physical pain and suffering and mental pain and suffering.

Pitre and Desalvo are represented by Richard P. Voorhies of the New Orleans-based Voorhies Law Firm and Jennifer Thornton of New Orleans-based Stanley, Reuter, Ross, Thornton & Alford LLC.

The case has been assigned to Division A Judge Raymond S. Steib Jr.

Case no. 741-062.

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