Credit the New Orleans firm Capitelli and Wicker with the grit to win a $3.5 million jury award for Ferrara’s Supermarket. The grocer had been in business 99 years before the Elysian Fields location was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.
Attorneys Carey Wicker and James Watkins brought home the bacon for the Plaintiffs with evidence Lafayette’s engineer was not licensed to practice in Louisiana or supervised by a Louisiana licensed engineer as the law requires “direct control and personal supervision”.
While the engineer’s qualifications were clearly a significant issue, the Plaintiffs had a strong case against Lafayette. A reader from New Orleans provided SLABBED with a summary of the case tried in State court:
During Hurricane Katrina, wind and driving rain opened spaces in the roof, walls, doors and windows of the supermarket, and water and moisture entered the premises causing extensive damage.
Additionally, uplift forces on the flat roof (wind blowing over parapet) caused structural damage to the north-facing wall of the building as well as roof framing members’ connection to that wall. That structural damage, solely caused by wind forces, rendered the building a total loss Continue reading “Grit and grocer win $3.5 million – Ferrara v Lafayette Insurance (Corrected)”