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Family blames electricians for ladder falling on husband

By Carrie Bradon | Mar 2, 2017

NEW ORLEANS – A couple is suing electricians, alleging their negligence caused a ladder to fall on the husband while he was at a work site.

Jose Osman Rivera and Marilo Rivera, individually and on behalf of their minor children, filed a lawsuit Feb. 7 against Bitco General Insurance Corporation, Bonded Lightning Protection Systems Ltd., and Northside Electric Inc., in Orleans Parish Civil District Court, alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, on Feb. 8, 2016, Jose Osman Rivera was at the Ace Hotel, 600 Carondelet St., New Orleans, working on the hotel's ninth-floor elevated roof deck. Northside Electric had a crew working on site that was using a 21-foot ladder, the suit says.

The lawsuit states the defendants failed to secure the ladder and it fell over, striking Rivera on the back of his head and neck. This resulted in neck, shoulder and back injuries that required hospitalization. The suit says Marilo and her children have suffered loss of consortium.

The defendants are accused of negligently failing to properly secure the ladder, failing to properly train and supervise employees, failing to protect the plaintiff and overall negligence.

The Riveras seek all reasonable damages, court costs, attorney fees and all appropriate relief. The plaintiff is represented by attorneys Monica C. Sanchez and Hugo L. Chanez of Mitchell Sanchez LLC in Metairie.

The case has been assigned to Division B Judge Melvin Zeno.

Orleans Parish Civil District Court Case number 2017-1221.

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