A New Jersey court will allow a Pennsylvania man to proceed with a lawsuit against Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City. According to legal documents, the man claims he sustained third-degree burns after standing barefoot for 30 minutes on the casino’s sun deck. As for Harrah’s, they deny any responsibility, and for a good reason too.
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In Harrah’s Defense
First and foremost, there isn’t anything nice about this story and sympathies goes out to both parties involved. Harrah’s is an amazing resort, and what happened to Howard Thompson should have never happened. It all began in 2012 when Thompson decided to take a 30 minute, barefoot stroll on the resort’s sun deck. Afterwards, he returned to his room where he noticed his burned feet. Unfortunately, Thompson didn’t notice his feet were cooking because he suffers from diabetic neuropathy and couldn’t feel the 137°F deck burning his soles. Knowing his condition, he probably should have been more cautious and wore shoes. However, he thinks Harrah’s should have had a warning sign posted. Based on that claim, he’s seeking $500,000 from the resort.
After Thompson went back to his room and realized his feet were badly injured, he decided to wait a few days before seeing a doctor. As a result, he developed a bacterial infection and had to have his foot amputated. Not to mention, he may need further amputations in the future.
Due to his negligence in seeking medical attention right away, Harrah’s believes they’re not responsible. Plus, nobody has ever made such claims or burned their feet on the sun deck. The trial will start April 15th, so until then we’ll have to wait to see how this all unfolds. So stay tuned, this won’t be the last time we hear about this.