Cowboys in hot seat as fan sues over burned behind

Published On August 17, 2012 | By Jill Saftel

A handful of NFL players have been making the news for their bad behavior, but one NFL team is in the headlines this morning over a lawsuit that may leave you laughing. According to Yardbarker, Cowboys fan Jenelle Carrillo is suing the team, claiming she received third-degree burns on her behind from sitting on a hot marble bench outside Cowboys Stadium while waiting for the team to scrimmage back in 2010.

The bench was exposed to the sun and the temperature that day reached a high of 101 degrees. Her attorney told the CBS affiliate in Dallas-Fort Worth that Carrillo knew while at the stadium that she had received some burns, but wasn’t aware of how severe they were until she received medical attention.

Carrillo was then hospitalized for a week with some “very serious injuries” and was initially released from hospital care but had to return for more skin grafts to be performed.

She is now seeking unspecified damages for the injuries, which caused her mental anguish, physical pain, disfigurement. Carrillo has requested a jury trial and seeks to recoup court fees, damages and interest.

According to the lawsuit filed in Tarrant County, Carrillo says Cowboys Stadium failed in its responsibility to alert patrons that sitting on the benches could cause injuries.

While the Cowboys have remained quiet on the case due to a policy of not commenting on ongoing litigation, it might be the team that now finds itself in the hot seat.



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Jill studies journalism at Northeastern University, covers Hockey East for College Hockey News and is the sports editor for The Huntington News. You can follow her on Twitter at @jillsaftel, just don't ask her to choose between hockey and baseball, it's impossible.