Jennelle Carrillo, of Cleburne, Texas, has sued the Cowboys and owner/general manager Jerry Jones after she suffered severe burns to her backside while allegedly sitting on a bench outside Cowboys Stadium before a team scrimmage in August 2010.
Temperatures on the day of the annual Blue & Silver scrimmage were more than 100 degrees, and the bench that Carrillo sat on was black.
„The bench was uncovered and openly exposed to the extremely hot August sun,“ the suit, which was filed in Tarrant County civil court, states. „The combination of the nature of the black, marble bench and hot sunlight caused the bench to become extremely hot and unreasonably dangerous.“
Carrillo’s lawyer, Michael Wash, told KDFW-TV that his client initially knew she had been burned but didn’t realize the extent of the injuries until receiving medical attention. She did not stay for the game, according to Wash.
„She sat down on this black bench, outside an entrance and unfortunately she suffered third-degree burns as a result of it and had subsequent skin grafts,“ he told KDFW.
The suit alleges that Cowboys Stadium posted no warning signs alerting fans that the benches could be hot.
Wash told KDFW that Carrillo has suffered „mental anguish, physical pain and disfigurement as a result of her wounds.“
According to the TV station, Carrillo is suing to get a jury trial and payment of court fees, interest and a damage amount determined by the jury.
The Cowboys declined comment to KDFW due to the ongoing litigation, per team policy.