December 4, 2008

Woman sues over faulty toilet seat

A New Jersey woman has filed a lawsuit against a Pennsylvania bar, claiming that a faulty toilet seat caused her to fall into the commode.

Kathleen Hewko of Delran claims she still suffers from a back injury inflicted by the fall at Starters in Lower Saucon Township, The Allentown Morning Call reports. She is seeking $150,000 from the bar and Kohler Co., the toilet's manufacturer.

Her husband, John, is asking for $75,000 for loss of consortium.

Her lawyer, John D. Cirrinicione of Philadelphia, said Hewko yelled for help but was finally able to free herself when no one responded. He said she is of moderate weight and the problem was clearly a defective seat.