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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Woman sues bar for toilet mishap

Kathleen Hewko of Delran Township, New Jersey is suing Kohler Co. and a Pennsylvania sports bar and restaurant, saying she got stuck inside a toilet bowl for 20 minutes after the handicapped toilet seat she sat on cracked two years ago.
She had hip surgery prior to the Nov. 19, 2006, incident and was re-injured when the seat cracked in half at Starters Pub in Lower Saucon Township, Pa., “violently” dropping her into the bowl. Hewko, who weighs 130 to 140 pounds, screamed for help before finally getting out,

The lawsuit says Hewko, her husband, John, and son, Colin, were dining at the restaurant around 2 p.m. when Hewko went to the ladies’ room and ended up in the ceramic bowl. She says the plunge permanently injured her lower back, hip and thigh. It’s unclear exactly how Hewko got out of the toilet. The suit claims the restaurant knew there was a problem with the toilet seats and that another toilet seat had broken there earlier that week.

Hewko is seeking more than $150,000 from both Starters and Kohler Co. for pain and suffering, mental anguish and other damages. She’s also seeking attorney’s fees.

John Hewko is also seeking more than $75,000 from the two parties for loss of consortium and companionship with his wife. VIA

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