Lawsuit filed against theater chain for 2011 fall

Published 11:33pm Monday, October 14, 2013

A man is suing Regal Cinemas after allegedly sustaining an injury while returning to his seat from the concession stand at Harbour View Grande 16 theaters.

According to a complaint filed in Suffolk Circuit Court, Robert Wash of Norfolk allegedly fell due to inadequate lighting and uneven flooring.

Returning from the concession counter on July 5, 2011, Wash turned from the aisle to the row his family sat in when, “as a result of the uneven flooring, he lost his footing, causing him to fall into the arms of the stadium chairs and then onto the concrete floor,” the complaint says.

“The flooring and transition from the steps to the row was uneven, not lighted and indiscernible by a reasonable prudent person,” according to the complaint, which states that the incident occurred after lighting had been lowered for previews.

Wash, who could not be reached through his lawyer for comment, claims he sustained “serious, painful and permanent” injuries, and asks for $70,000 plus interest.

He has “suffered, and will continue to suffer, great physical pain and mental anguish,” which has diminished his earning capacity, the complaint says.

In its written response, Regal has either claimed insufficient information exists to admit or deny allegations, or denies allegations.

Regal “denies that it committed any act or omission, or breached any legal duty which would entitle the plaintiff to cover against it.”

A trial before a jury has been scheduled for Feb. 7.

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