A woman has sued a Missouri restaurant known for throwing rolls, claiming she was injured by one of the rolls. She alleges in her complaint that the roll caused "serious and permanent damage" and is asking for at least $25,000 in damages. In Ohio and all other states, business owners have a duty to keep their premises reasonably safe for customers.
In her lawsuit, the woman alleges she suffered a lacerated cornea with visceral detachment that affects her head, neck, eyes and vision. She claims that she incurred over $10,000 in medical bills as a result of the injury and that the defendant knew or should have known that throwing bread at customers created a risk of injury of the type suffered by the woman who filed suit.
The restaurant, Lambert's Cafe, calls itself the "Home of Throwed Rolls." The owner of another location of the same restaurant has stated that the practice started when a customer asked the original owner of the cafe to throw him a roll when the cafe was crowded and the owner couldn't get to all the customers easily.
Businesses that are open to the public have a duty of care to keep their premises safe and to warn customers of any hidden dangers such as a slick spot on the floor. A person who is injured because of a hazardous condition at a commercial establishment may want to speak with a personal injury attorney to determine the recourse that may be available. In some cases, the decision may be made to file a premises liability lawsuit against the property owner.