Lawsuit claims that urine was placed outside jail cell to cause plaintiff to slip and fall

By Carrie Bradon | Feb 7, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – A woman alleges that she was injured outside her jail cell when she slipped on urine that she claims was intentionally placed there to cause her harm.

Joanell Moore filed a complaint against Marlin Gusman, Criminal Sheriff of Orleans Parish, ABC Insurance Company, Jane Doe #1 and Jane Doe #2 on Jan. 28 in Orleans Parish Civil District Court. According to the complaint, the plaintiff is seeking damages for an incident that took place when the plaintiff was an inmate at the Parish Sheriff's Office.


The lawsuit states that another inmate poured urine on the floor in front of the plaintiff's cell, which caused Moore to slip and fall, resulting in injury. The defendant is accused of negligence and failure to prevent injury.

The plaintiff, who is representing herself, seeks all reasonable damages, court costs, attorney fees and all appropriate relief. The case has been assigned to Division N Judge Ethel S. Julien.

Orleans Parish Civil District Court Case number 2019-1046

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