Wife's finger severed during storm by alleged unsafe airborn kiosk

By Carrie Bradon | Sep 1, 2016

NEW ORLEANS – A couple claims that the wife was injured and her finger severed while seeking refuge from a storm in a kiosk.

Karen and Stephen Guy filed suit against The Howard Hughes Corporation and Liberty Mutual Insurance Company in the Orleans Parish Civil District Court on Aug.1.

According to the claim, the plaintiffs were strolling along Riverwalk Square on July 1, 2015, when the incident occurred. The suit states that while the plaintiffs were walking outside, they sought shelter in a kiosk from the rain. The suit further states that the kiosk unexpectedly fell and captured Karen Guy, after which the strong winds blew the kiosk several feet, causing the plaintiff injuries, including an amputated finger and several torn ligaments.

The defendant is accused of negligence by failing to properly inspect the kiosk for safety violations, failing to maintain the premises in a safe manner, failure to warn customers of the present danger and overall negligence in relation to the situation.

The plaintiffs are seeking an unspecified amount in damages. They are represented by Joseph F. LaHatte III of Metairie. 

The case has been assigned to Division G Judge Robin M. Giarrusso.

The Orleans Parish Civil District Court case number 2016-7669

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