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An American woman is suing for negligence after she allegedly fell over and suffered “serious injuries” at an overcrowded Easter egg hunt held last year.

According to documents obtained by ABC News a woman named Rachel Townsend from the US state of Oregon has filed a lawsuit against both the venue The Aerie at Eagle Landing and the event planning company Red Shoe Productions for her injuries.

Rachel claims the defendants should have known the activity would cause harm if not conducted safely and blames them for allegedly not controlling the crowd.

She alleges that when the Easter egg hunt started, a number of older children and people who had not paid to attend rushed the hunting area which caused her to get shoved in the back and fall to the ground.

The fall allegedly caused her to sustain injuries of a torn meniscus in her left knee, a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee, sprains and strains.

She is suing for a total of $112,411, (approx $150K au) citing negligence and personal injuries. Townsend also alleges that she underwent surgery on her left knee and incurred $9,411 in medical expenses and lost wages totaling $3,000.

Oh dear! Isn’t that something you need to be prepared for when participating in a big Easter Hunt? 

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  • I can understand her anger, but it seems excessive to sue given the type of event.

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  • meh everybody is so quick to sue these days. take some responsibility because that person chose to attend etc.

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  • This seems over the top. If this was a paid event to attend was there a waiver with registration? Insurance claims are driving prices up for community events, making it harder and harder for events to be run.

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  • Such a pity – this won’t be held next year just because of her.

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  • How ridiculous! It’s people like this who ruin things for everyone! Maybe she just needs to harden up and get over it! For crying out loud you run the risk of injuries every time you play a little rough with your kids.

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  • Oh my god, it never ceases to amaze me the things that people will do to get a little bit of money. Anything for a payout

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  • I am really concerned of late at what people will do to get a freebie, it’s quite frightening really. But I’m also concerned at those wanting to sue for everything. Surely you go into these events knowing there’s going to be madness?


    • Most events would have public liability and disclaimers – so I wonder whether this action will go anywhere?

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  • Surely this claim does not have solid foundations?

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  • Really ? There is such a thing as taking your own responsibility ! When a place is over crowded you have the choice to stay or leave, but it is your own choice.

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  • I wonder if she provided the medical bills for the injury. I know somebody who worked over there for awhile. Apparently the fees over there are absolutely horrendous. She lost approx. $12,500 in expenses and loss of wages. However she is probably still having physio especially if she didn’t persist with the exercises she would need to do. The figure is claiming is well over the top though. I’d love to know what she does as a job. If she does a sit at a desk all day it shouldn’t put more strain on her left knee unless she has climb stairs.

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  • she sounds like she is milking it to me-just after a quick buck

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  • I agree in that it is too much money that she is claiming.

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  • It does seem alot of money she is asking for!

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