Patrick Gallagher of Lansdale, PA is suing the Penthouse Club in Philadelphia for injuries he allegedly sustained at the club during his November 2010 bachelor party.
Gallagher, the groom-to-be, was lying at the bottom of a pole when one of the exotic dancers slid down and landed on him with such force that she ruptured his bladder and caused nerve damage. Is the Philadelphia version of a “lapdance?”
The lawsuit, which was filed in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, alleges that the dancer fell “from a great height and slammed her body on top of” him. After the incident, Gallagher left the club in pain, and eventually went to the hospital where he underwent surgery. The lawsuit is seeking a sum greater than $50,000 for medical costs, pain, humiliation and mental anguish. No mention was made of whether the filing of the suit and disclosure of the pertinent details exacerbated Mr. Gallagher’s humiliation and mental anguish.
No one at the Penthouse Club has made any comments about the lawsuit.
A suit like this would be governed by a two year statute of limitations. It is likely that the suit was filed in light of the fact that the statute of limitations would expire next month. It is common for a suit to be filed shortly before the statute would expire if settlement negotiations have been unsuccessful or if the injuries have not yet fully resolved.