In 2013, a curious story happened to Leander Stocks, a resident of Washington. Namely, he sued Maryland Live Casino for injuries he allegedly suffered after a roulette ball flew from a roulette wheel and hit him in the eye.
The man originally filed the complaint in November 2014, but half a year later, an amended complaint was filed with the U.S. District Court for District of Columbia. Casino attempts to ensure that the action was not admissible at all.
What exactly happened?
The gambler, Leander Stocks, claimed that while he was gambling, “the negligence of the worker using the device caused the ball to rise from the roulette wheel and thus fly above his left eye at high speed”, causing a shock.
Stocks further claimed that he had suffered further injuries due to negligence. Namely, a security guard took him to a private room for help and administered an unknown substance to his eye, although a roulette bullet hit the man in the eye. Stocks claims the substance caused him additional discomfort and injuries.
“The applicant’s reaction to that unwanted touch and to the unauthorized medical procedure was immediate blurred vision, increased pain and discomfort in the affected area, general disorientation and a consequent loss of physical coordination,” the case said.
Because of all this, Leander Stocks claimed that he had lost his balance and hit the door against his head and suffered a concussion.
The applicant stated that, despite repeated medical procedures and treatment, he had ‘continued to suffer from blurred vision, occasional loss of coordination and regular post-traumatic headaches’. He claimed that his quality of life had deteriorated as a result of what had happened.
The court decision did not entitle the player
The case finally came to court in 2016. Judge Amit Mehta acquitted the casino employee of the negligence charge before the case even went to jury. Maryland Live casino security officer Darius Turner was acquitted by a jury after less than an hour of hearing. Stocks was given the opportunity to appeal the decision, but the man did not.
Source: Lääne Elu by online.le.ee.
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