A lawyer who busted his mouth while riding a mechanical bull at a Cincinnati bar is suing because the bar didn’t make him sign a waiver that would have explained he could get hurt by riding the machine, which is designed to throw off the rider.
Tom Silberman of Alaska filed the suit Wednesday in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court.
In it, he alleges he was at Cadillac Ranch bar at 11:30 p.m. Oct. 15 when he decided to ride the mechanical bull, a machine patrons sit on and try to hang on while the “bull” bucks and moves in an attempt to thrown the rider off.
The bar typically requires those who ride the bull to sign a waiver absolving them of liability if they are injured.
Silberman’s suit alleges bar employees never asked him to sign the waiver. Despite that, the lawyer got on the bull, tried to ride it, was thrown off and hurt his mouth, his suit said.
“As a result of the mechanical bull operator’s negligence and/or recklessness, upon being thrown off the bull, Mr. Silberman’s mouth struck a metal portion of the mechanical bull before falling to the ground,” Silberman’s suit alleges.
Silberman “did not have the opportunity to avoid this accident,” his suit alleges.
Gordy Fitzwater, the bar’s general manager, said Friday he hadn’t seen the suit and couldn’t comment.
The suit alleges Silberman suffered “mental anguish” in addition to the busted mouth that required medical care and treatment.
His lawyer didn’t return Friday calls.
In addition to the money being sought - “in excess of $25,000” - the suit also seeks money for medical and related expenses, pain and suffering, interest and attorney fees.
Dear Lawyer Who Embodies Everything That Is Wrong With Your Profession: Are You Fucking Kidding Me With This Shit? You didn’t know that you could get hurt riding a mechanical bull? How about taking some personal fucking responsibility here?
If I ran a business I would hang a sign on the door requiring lawyers to sign a waiver before allowing them to enter the premises.