Kyle Barnett Jul. 12, 2013, 8:54am

GRETNA – A New Orleans woman is suing a local casino for a disabling whiplash injury she claims to have received in an escalator accident.

Gwendolyn Leonard filed suit against Boomtown Casino New Orleans in the 24th Judicial District Court on May 22. Leonard claims she was riding an escalator within Boomtown Casino on June 30, 2012 when the mechanism jerked to a stop. The plaintiff alleges that the jerking motion caused her neck to be injured.

The defendant is accused of failing to properly maintain and operate the escalator and failing to warn.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for pain and suffering, loss of wages, medical expenses and disability.

Leonard is representing herself in the case.

The case has been assigned to Division G Judge Robert A. Pitre Jr.

Case no. 727-228.

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