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Woman's lawsuit says roller skates and alcohol don't mix

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jan 2, 2018


PITTSBURGH – A Pittsburgh woman who allegedly suffered a broken leg as a result of using roller skates in a lounge’s bar area has launched legal action against the establishment in question.

Heather Lord of Pittsburgh filed suit in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas on Nov. 21 versus Belvedere Lounge and its owners Alfred Misiaszek and Anna Misiaszek, also all of Pittsburgh.

On July 1, Lord was socializing with friends at Belvedere Lounge, during a promotional event titled “Down & Derby” – which allows for patrons to use roller skates in the bar area. Lord was one of the patrons provided with a pair of roller skates for this same purpose.

However, Lord fell and the roller skates slipped out from underneath her, causing her left ankle to twist awkwardly, resulting in a compound fracture of her left tibia and a comminuted fibula shaft fracture, the suit says.

The lawsuit says the defendants failed to adequately hire and train its employees, failing to foresee risk of supplying roller skates to bar patrons and allowing patrons to roller skate in a dangerously small area, among other charges.

As a result of the fall, Lord suffered comminuted shaft fractures of her left tibia and fibula, scarring and disfigurement from her injuries and surgical incisions, soreness, bruises and swelling.

For negligence, the plaintiff is seeking damages in excess of $35,000, plus punitive damages, interest, costs and any other amounts the Court may deem appropriate, along with a jury trial.

The plaintiff is represented by Ryan R. Smith of Ryan R. Smith Law Offices, in Pittsburgh.

Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas case GD-17-015963

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