Injured Spectator Lawsuit

Injured spectator lawsuit update.

The Cassgram reports Attorneys for Lori Williams of Murray filed a Petition for Discovery against the Weeping Water Public School District last September. Williams was injured by a retractable basketball goal/backboard assembly that swung loose and struck her as she was seated in the bleachers and watching a wrestling tournament at the Weeping Water school in March. She suffered severe and permanent injuries, including paralysis, says the filing, and is expected to be a party in action for injuries and damages when the state’s timelines for causes of action against a political subdivision have been met.

In October, a Cass County District Court order allowed Williams’ attorneys to begin depositions and to physically inspect the basketball backboard’s safety strap that is alleged to have failed along with the clamps and cables to determine the make/and or manufacturer. An inspection was set up for January 24. That inspection did not happen.

Court records show Williams’ attorney received an email on January 21 from the school’s attorney asking for dates of birth and social security information of Williams and other possible plaintiffs by noon on January 23 or the inspection would not occur. The school’s attorney said it was information that had been previously requested but not received yet. Williams’ attorney responded just before noon on January 23 saying the information was forthcoming that afternoon. The school’s attorney responded that the inspection was canceled.

The two sides were back in court last week on Williams’ motion to compel and for sanctions. “Petitioner's Motion to Compel sustained,” say court records and Williams’ attorney is preparing an order.

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