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Las Vegas Casino Sued Over Roulette Ball Hitting Player
A Las Vegas resident, Dalease Brown, has filed a lawsuit against the Gold Coast casino hotel, seeking $15,000 in damages. Brown alleges that she was injured when a roulette ball struck her in the eye after popping out of the wheel, an incident she claims resulted from the dealer’s negligent handling and unsafe speed. The incident reportedly occurred on October 28, 2021, at the Boyd Gaming property located off the Las Vegas Strip. The lawsuit was officially filed on September 25, 2023, in Clark County’s eighth judicial district court.
Severe Eye Injury and Permanent Vision Damage Alleged
Brown’s lawsuit describes how the marble ball ricocheted from the roulette wheel and forcefully struck her left eye at a high speed, causing severe pain and, according to her claim, permanent damage to her vision. While such incidents are rare, there have been a few cases involving eye injuries caused by rogue roulette balls in recent years.
Similar Cases in the Past
In 2015, a Washington, DC resident named Leander Stocks filed a lawsuit against the Cordish Companies, the owner of Maryland Live casino, after being struck in the eye by a roulette ball two years earlier. Stocks sought $300,000 in damages, alleging negligence on the part of the croupier and battery when a security guard administered eyedrops without warning or consent. Stocks claimed he suffered a concussion as a result of the incident, but in the end, the casino owners and employees were cleared of any wrongdoing in a court trial.
In a separate case in 2012, a New Orleans resident named Hung Nguyen sued Harrah’s New Orleans Casino for a similar injury. Unfortunately, there is no available information regarding the outcome of that lawsuit, as it was not reported by the Louisiana Record, and there is no published record of it online.