Man sues Red Sox over collapsing chair

A New Hampshire man who says he was permanently injured when a folding chair in the Fenway bleachers collapsed, sending him plummeting to the concrete, yesterday filed suit against the Red Sox in federal court.

Richard McLaughlin is seeking unspecified damages - but more than $75,000 - for injuries he says he incurred during a game on May 4, 2010 (against the Angels), while sitting in the right-field bleachers, behind the Sox bullpen:

Plaintiff was seated in a metal folding chair provided by Defendants.

During the game, the folding chair that Plaintiff was seated in suddenly collapsed and flattened, causing Plaintiff to fall backwards onto the cement, hitting his head, neck, back and right shoulder. Plaintiff suffered serious and permanent injuries.

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    man in collapsing chair

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    thats exactly how i felt everytime i watched the team this year.

    “Well, you know when you're rocking in a rocking chair, and you go so far that you almost fall over backwards, but at the last instant you catch yourself? That's how I feel all the time” stephen wright

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    Does raise the question ...

    Well, it does raise the question - are those chairs legal or does the Red Sox / Fenway Park management just put them in to raise more revenue?

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    Probably in the handicap section

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    They use folding chairs there for those who sit with people in wheelchairs (or I suppose with non-wheelchair handicaps who still need the seating), so it most likely is not a revenue thing.

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    How fat was he?

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    I'd bet he weighed over 250 pounds.

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    Does it matter?

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    Chairs provided to the general public should be able to hold 250 lbs and then some ... 400lbs would be a safe rating, as there needs to be a margin of safety.

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    250 doesn't mean fat.

    I'm almost 250 and I've got a body the gods would be proud of.

    How cocked was he? That is the question.

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    I used to have season tickets in the bleachers

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    and if I sued the Red Sox for every crappy game I had to sit through or every time I my chair folded up on me and caused my ass to get squished, I'd have enough money to buy the Patriots.

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