A woman attending an Omaha concert felt a sudden pain in her leg, but it wasn’t from dancing in the aisle. She claims something fell from the ceiling and now she’s filed a claim with the city.
A recent rap concert excited the crowd, but the aging Civic Auditorium and its Mancuso Convention Center didn't give good vibrations if you ask Monique Palmer. “I was looking toward the concert, then all of a sudden I just felt something hit my leg and I looked down and there was a three-foot bar on the ground.” It left a cut and a bruise on her inner thigh.
Monique describes the piece of metal that fell as being similar to a brace you'd find in a tile ceiling. She said a medic at the auditorium cleaned and glued the cut, but she went to the emergency room later for a tetanus shot and thinks the city should pay her medical bills. “With doctor bills I have to go back and forth with them and don't have insurance, so…”
An injury claim for Monique was filed by attorney James Martin Davis. “The city ought to be on notice that there is a clear and present danger to invitees down there if they can't guarantee part of the ceiling is not going to fall in.”
The Metropolitan Entertainment and Convention Authority, which manages the Auditorium Music Hall,and Mancuso Convention Center confirmed the injury report and the insurance company that covers the auditorium is investigating the claim. “If they're going to keep the place they definitely need to fix it up because I don't want that to happen to anyone else,” said Monique.
She wants the city and MECA to take a good look at the ceiling because what fell on her gives safety at the Mancuso Convention Center a bad rap.
Because of other events, MECA couldn't allow Fact Finders into the auditorium to check out the ceiling. A MECA spokesperson said there's no indication that the Music Hall,Mancuso Convention Center or Civic Auditorium has any kind of chronic ceiling problems.