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Tuesday, 25 November 2014 00:00

LA Parts Store Employee Sues Neighbor After Falling in Parking Lot

An auto parts store employee is suing the owner of the property next door after she allegedly was injured in a fall while transporting an order to a customer’s car.

Catherine Castine filed suit against Ronal K. Murray in the 24th Judicial District Court on Sept. 17.

Castine said she was working at the NAPA Auto Parts store located at 1501 Lafayette St., in Gretna, LA on June 19, 2013 when she brought a hand dolly stacked with car batteries and break rotors to a car parked at the property owned by Murray. The plaintiff claims that the defendant's parking lot was in disrepair with broken and scattered concrete throughout and other defects causing her to lose control of the hand truck and fall backwards onto the pavement. Castine said she received severe injuries to her neck, arm, wrist, shoulder and body in the incident.

The defendant is accused of failing do the following: take note of the property’s condition, warn employees and patrons of a dangerous condition, and implement regular parking lot inspections.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for personal injury, pain, suffering, grief, mental anguish, embarrassment, humiliation, medical expenses, lot wages, loss of future earning capacity and loss of enjoyment of life.

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