Man sues after chair collapses beneath him

By Kyle Barnett | Jun 6, 2012

GRETNA – A Jefferson Parish man is suing an off-track betting location and a chair manufacturer claiming he was injured when a chair collapsed beneath him.

Keith Dandridge filed suit on May 29 in the 24th Judicial Civil District Court against Churchill Downs Louisiana Horseracing Company, Michigan Tube Swaggers and Fabricators and their insurers.

Dandridge claims he was engaged in betting at the Fair Grounds off the track betting location in Kenner when he went to sit in a chair and it collapsed beneath him. The plaintiff alleges he received severe, disabling and permanent damage and injuries due to the incident including injuries to his shoulder, neck, back, extremities, legs, ankles, feet, internal organs and mind.

Churchill Downs is accused of knowing the chairs were defective and had broken underneath other patrons in the past, failing to warn its patrons of the dangers, failing to properly maintain the furniture, failing to provide chair free of defects, failure to maintain its chair, failure to inspect furniture and being inattentive and reckless.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for pain and suffering, mental anguish, permanent disfigurement and scarring, permanent disability, loss of income, loss of enjoyment of life and medical costs.

Dandridge is represented by Sean D. Alforish of Kenner-based Law Office of Sean D. Alfortish, APLC.

The case has been assigned to Division A Judge Raymond S. Steib, Jr.

Case number 715279.

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