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Woman faults Sleep Inn for wet sidewalk slip and fall

By Carol Ostrow | Sep 9, 2015

A Texas woman is suing a hospitality business and its insurance firm alleging premises negligence in a 2014 parking lot slip and fall.

Shamonia Alfred sued Tams of Kenner Inc., doing business as Sleep Inn & Suites, and Liberty Surplus Insurance Corp. of New Hampshire and doing business in Louisiana in the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Louisiana on Sept. 4 alleging premises negligence in September 2014 in her fall on a slippery, wet outdoor surface.

According to the lawsuit, the complainant was a customer at the Sleep Inn located at 2830 Loyola Drive in Kenner on Sept. 13, 2014, when she fell on the hotel’s concrete sidewalk connecting the facility to a parking lot and sustained severe bodily injuries.

Alleging that the defendant’s “dangerously defective walkway” led to multiple broken bones requiring immediate medical care and surgery, the plaintiff contends that the motel was in breach of duty to provide a safe environment for guests; that the walkway “posed an unreasonable risk of harm” via its dangerous sloping condition and lack of slip-resistant paint, tread strips or other protective surface treatment; and that it failed to warn the plaintiff of, or remedy, the fact that the sidewalk was wet.

The plaintiff avers pain, suffering, anguish, disfigurement, impairment, loss of consortium and medical expenses. Requesting damages of more than $75,000, pre- and post-judgment interest, attorney’s fees, expenses, and court costs, she is represented by Justin Chopin of the Chopin Law Firm in New Orleans.

U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Louisiana Case 2:15-cv-04128-SM-MBN

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