Noddy A. Fernandez Mar. 21, 2017, 1:13pm


ST. LOUIS — A Missouri woman is suing the United States of America, citing alleged insufficient measures were taken to prevent injuries.

Joan R. Pezzani filed a complaint on March 20 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri against the government alleging its employees or agents failed to use ordinary care to safely mount her to the horse.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on July 24, 2015, she was an invited to the U.S. Air Force Academy Equestrian Center for a family horse riding outing with her sister, a U.S. Army colonel. As she was attempting to mount a horse, she fell down hard on the gravel and heard loud pops in her right knee. She has experienced pain and suffering, medical expenses and damage to her earning capacity as a result, the complaint states. The plaintiff holds United States of America responsible because its employee at the Equestrian Center allegedly refused her requests to lower the stirrups so that she could mount the horse safely and failed to provide the platform that would allow her to more easily mount the horse.

The plaintiff seeks judgment against defendant for her damages in an amount in excess of $343,240.32, costs of this action and for such further relief as is just. She is represented by James E. Parrot of James E. Parrot Law Office in St. Louis.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri Case number 4:17-cv-00988

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