GRETNA – An apartment building owner is being sued by a tenant who claims he was injured when he slipped on a stepping stone at the building’s entrance.
Timothy Perry filed suit against Jason S. Ward, Elizabeth Ward, JSW Inc., Terrytown Village and River Oaks Management Inc. in the 24th Judicial District Court on Oct. 24.
Perry claims that on Nov. 23, 2013 he was living at Terrytown Village located at 600 Deerfield Road in Terrytown and was entering the premises on a rainy night when the entryway into his apartment was flooded. The plaintiff alleges that the area often flooded during rainstorms and that the defendants had placed elevated stepping stones in the entrance to keep residents from having to step in water. Perry contends that was he was using the stepping stones when his foot slipped and fell into a gap between two of the stones injuring him. The plaintiff asserts that due pain and swelling from the incident he was prompted to visit a local emergency room where he was given medical treatment including the provision of a set of crutches and pain medication for a swollen and bruises knee.
The day after the incident Perry claims the stepping stones were removed from the premises.
The defendant is accused of failing to exercise reasonable caution, improperly installing the stones, failing to prevent water from accumulating in the area, failing to maintain the area, failing to take corrective action and failing to warn other patrons of the danger.
An unspecified amount in damages is sought for lost wages, physical pain and suffering, mental pain and anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, permanent residual disability, impairment and medical expenses.
Perry is represented by attorney Martin E. Regan Jr. of New Orleans.
The case has been assigned to Division P Judge Lee V. Faulkner Jr.
Case no. 743-651.