Dominique Sharpton, daughter of world-class shakedown artist Al Sharpton, is suing New York City because she sprained her ankle last October on the corner of Broome Street and Broadway in New York City.
According to her lawsuit, she $5 million from the city for being “severely injured, bruised and wounded” when she tripped over uneven pavement at the corner of Broome Street and Broadway downtown last year and that taxpayers need to compensate her for the pain and inconvenience caused by the sprain.
According to a New York Post report, Ms. Sharpton is:
“Currently on vacation in Bali, the membership director for her gadfly dad’s National Action Network claims she “still suffers and will continue to suffer for some time physical pain and bodily injuries,” according to the suit filed against the city departments of Transportation and Environmental Protection.”
“And despite claiming “permanent physical pain” in a breathless notice of claim in December, at around the same time there were social-media shots of her in high heels and fancy dresses and climbing a ladder to decorate a Christmas tree.”
In her lawsuit, Ms. Sharpton wants to be compensated for “loss of quality of life, future pain and suffering, future medical bills, [and] future diminution of income.”
In the weeks that followed the tumble, Ms. Sharpton was seen in a walking boot but by December, she seemed well enough to participate in the National Action Network’s “Justice for All” march in Washington, DC as well as a New Year’s Eve trip to Miami Beach. Photo’s also show her climbing a ladder to decorate a Christmas tree.
Broken sidewalks, rough pavement, potholes and other street hazards can be a windfall for pedestrians. One woman, Denise Giles, won a $2.25 million settlement from the city after suing the city’s Health and Hospitals Corp. for failing to fix a broken sidewalk outside one of its clinics.
Her claim was one of 885 that were settled by the city over the past two years for a total of $60 million. Ms. Sharpton said she fell in a crosswalk making her complaint a “defective roadway” claim. Other injuries described by Ms. Sharpton include:
“…internal and external injuries to the whole body, lower and upper limbs, the full extent of which are unknown, permanent pain and mental anguish.”
Ms. Sharpton wants to be compensated “loss of quality of life, future pain and suffering, future medical bills, [and] future diminution of income,” according to court papers.
Sharpton’s lawyer, John Elefterakis, said his client had:
“…multiple ligament and tendon tears” and “has not had any involvement in selecting a figure that would be fair and adequate compensation for her pain and suffering. The number was selected by my firm and is meant as a safeguard for Ms. Sharpton in a worst-case scenario.”
Ms. Sharpton may have gravely hurt her claim by using social media like Twitter and Instagram to describe her travel and her activities following the alleged accident in addition to a “lol” (laugh out loud) comment describing her lawsuit she posted on social media.