Camelot sued for bowler's oily slip

By Steve Gonzalez | Jun 7, 2006

Camelot Bowl

Camelot Bowl in Collinsville is being sued by a woman who slipped on oil that is used to protect the bowling lanes from intense battering.

Tabitha Ellsworth filed suit June 2 in Madison County Circuit Court seeking damages in excess of $50,000.

She alleges Camelot failed in its duty to exercise ordinary care to ensure its property was reasonably safe. The incident took place June 13, 2005.

According to the complaint, Camelot failed to properly maintain the condition of its property by allowing employees to use excessive oil in the vicinity of the bowling lanes.

Oil is typically applied to bowling lanes to protect them from the battering of balls. A 16-pound bowling ball, for instance, hits the lane with a force of more than 2,000 pounds per square inch.

Ellsworth also claims Camelot failed to maintain the condition of the floor by allowing debris or foreign matter to accumulate and failed to warn her of the dangerous condition.

Represented by Richard Reed of Belleville, Ellsworth claims various muscles, ligaments, membranes, nerves, blood vessels and tissues of her body were sprained, torn, cut, bruise or otherwise injured.

Ellsworth claims her various injuries have caused her to be disordered since the injury and caused her to suffer great pain and mental anguish, medical expenses and lost wages.

She also claims she suffers headaches, pain in her neck, left shoulder, left eye and left side of her face since the incident.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Don Weber.

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