Bowler dislocates elbow after falling on sticky approach lane, suit says

Michelle Massey Mar. 7, 2011, 3:21am


A bowling alley patron has filed a lawsuit against the bowling alley after she slipped in a sticky substance and fell, breaking her elbow.
Denise Timmerman and Pierre Timmerman filed suit against AMF Bowling Centers Inc. d/b/a AMF All Star Lanes and ABC Insurance Co. on Jan. 6 in Jefferson Parish District Court. The defendant removed the case to federal court in New Orleans on Feb. 21.

The alleged incident occurred on June 17, 2010 as Denise Timmerman was at the AMF All Star Lanes bowling alley in Kenner. She states she slipped and fell on a slick and slippery substance on the flooring preceding the foul line of her lane. Timmerman states that another patron advised AMF that the approach to the lane was sticky.

According to the lawsuit, an employee of AMF is believed to have responded to the complaint of the sticky floor by spraying a liquid on the approach lane. The slip and fall incident allegedly caused Timmerman to break or dislocate her elbow and severed tendons.

The defendant is accused of failing to exercise reasonable care to keep the floors in a reasonably safe condition and free of hazardous substances, failing to warn of the condition of the floor, for applying a liquid to the floor without warning patrons, and for failing to remedy an unreasonable risk of harm on the premises.

The plaintiff is seeking damages for pain and suffering, mental anguish, anxiety, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, limitations of activities, hobbies and endeavors, disability and loss of use of physical function, medical expenses, loss of wages and wage earning capacity, loss of consortium, interest and court costs.

The Timmermans are represented by Charles E. Sutton, Jr. and Michael B. Alker of Sutton & Alker in Mandeville.

U.S. District Judge Lance M. Africk is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:11-cv-00431

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