NEW ORLEANS – A woman who allegedly fell and tripped at a show due to poor lighting is suing the Mahalia Jackson theater for personal damages stemming from her injury.

Patty Stone filed suit against Arts Center Enterprises - New Orleans LLC and the ABC Insurance Company in the Orleans Parish First Civil District Court on June 18.

The plaintiff claims that she was a patron of the Mahalia Jackson Theater on May 30, attending a dance recital in which her granddaughter was a participant. She claims that she was seated at the ground level, Section C, on the right hand side of the theater facing the stage. She also states that she went to the restroom with the assistance of her son, since she suffers from a severe heart defect and is required to carry a medical device at all times. Upon coming back, she says that she attempted to return to her seat, but there were no lights showing where the edge of the steps were located so she fell and broke her left ankle, also suffering a severe sprain to her right ankle. The plaintiff claims to have suffered a severe fracture to her left ankle which required complex orthopedic surgery and has been removed off of a heart transplant list as she is not capable of undergoing heart surgery due to her injuries at the Mahalia Jackson theater.

The plaintiff is represented by Michael L. Mullin and Betty F. Mullin of New Orleans-based Law Office of Michael L. Mullin.

This case has been assigned to Div. G Judge Robin M. Giarusso.

Case no. 2015-06012.

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