Jon Campisi Jul. 16, 2012, 10:29am

An Atlantic County New Jersey woman who says she had to have surgery on her ankle

after she became injured from a lounge chair that gave way at a Wildwood, N.J. theme park she was visiting two summers ago has filed a personal injury claim against the owners of the venue.

Patricia R. Luciano, of Galloway, N.J., claims in her civil action that she became injured on July 16, 2010, at the outside bar located within Morey’s Pier, a popular Jersey Shore water park.

Her injuries occurred after she attempted to get up from a lounge chair that suddenly and without warning gave way, causing the woman to fall.

Luciano, whose husband, William, is named as a co-plaintiff in the lawsuit, claims that as a result of the incident, she suffered injuries to her right ankle that required extensive treatment, including, but not limited to, arthroscopic surgery.

The suit claims that Luciano also suffered mental anxiety and anguish, as well as a severe shock to her nervous system as a result of her fall.

“As a result of the aforementioned injuries and the carelessness and negligence of the Defendants, the Plaintiff Patricia R. Luciano has experienced great pain and suffering and mental anguish and humiliation … and will continue to suffer from same for an indefinite period of time into the future,” the lawsuit states.

Luciano has also suffered a marked loss of earnings and earning capacity as a result of her injuries, the suit claims.

The defendants named in the lawsuit are Morey’s Pier Inc., located at 25th Street and the Boardwalk in Wildwood, as well as Morey Attractions LLC and The Morey Organization Inc.

The lawsuit claims that the business failed to properly maintain and inspect the lounge chair, which was discovered to have loose parts; failed to properly and safely assemble the lounge chair; failed to warn the plaintiff of the latent danger in the lounge chair; failed to exercise reasonable care in protecting the plaintiff from harm; and failed to provide adequate warnings to enable the plaintiff to avoid harm.

For each of the four counts in the lawsuit, which was filed July 6 at Philadelphia’s Court of Common Pleas by attorney Philadelphia attorney Joseph D. Cronin, the plaintiffs demand damages in excess of $50,000, plus costs and other court relief.

A jury trial is being sought.


The case ID number is 120700942.

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