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Bowling alley negligence - Alleged slippery condition on bowling lane - Fall - Fracture of dominant wrist - Liability only.

Suffolk County

The plaintiff, 38 at the time of the accident, contended that a small amount of the oil used to keep the lanes in proper order had leaked from the oiling machine onto the lane approach creating a hazard. The plaintiff maintained that as a result, she slipped and fell. The defendant denied that the plaintiff’s claims regarding the presence of the foreign substance on the lane approach.

The defendant contended that the plaintiff lost her footing and stepped over the foul line onto the oiled lane. The defendant contended that the incident report reflected that was documented by a bowling alley employee supported this version. The defendant further pointed out that the plaintiff and her party had been using the lane without incident for approximately an hour before the incident occurred.

The jury found that the defendant was not negligent.

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