Almost two years after a serious burn accident, a Dallas Cowboys fan is suing both the NFL football organization and team owner Jerry Jones for negligence.
The incident took place in August 2010, as Jennelle Carrillo, of Cleburne, was preparing to watch a preseason scrimmage at Dallas Stadium. Outside of the event center, the woman sat on a hot marble bench, receiving third degree burns on her buttocks and the backs of her legs through her clothing. She noted in her Texas personal injury lawsuit that there were no warning signs near the black benches to warn spectators that the benches were dangerously hot. It was over 100 degrees on the day of the game.
The Dallas burn injury lawsuit was filed in Tarrant County, and states that Carrillo is seeking damages for mental anguish, physical pain, and disfigurement. She is asking for a jury trial, and would like the jury to determine damages, though she is requesting that her court fees and interest are covered.
She did not attend the game after the incident and later received skin grafts as a result of third-degree burns, the most serious type of burn. She was hospitalized for a week after the incident to receive full treatment for her injuries.
The Dallas Cowboys have not commented on the Texas premises liability lawsuits – they do not usually comment on legal cases. In personal injury cases like this one, injury victims have two years following an incident to file a lawsuit for negligence.