Colorado resident Neldin Molina has filed a $1.5 million lawsuit against Hamburger Mary’s in Tampa and performer “Amanda D’Hod” after she allegedly suffered a permanent spine and nerve damage injury from the performer’s breasts on May 30, 2015, according to a complaint filed this month.
According to the complaint, the incident occurred while Molina was attending a friend’s birthday dinner at the Ybor City restaurant, which features drag shows.
The performer allegedly grabbed Molina by the neck during the show and “violently pounds the plaintiff’s head against defendant’s chest up to nine times,” according to the lawsuit filed by Molina in Hillsborough Circuit Court.
Molina said she immediately went to a nearby hospital with cervical pain and headaches.
“It’s not a good thing for anyone to go up to someone and perform that way,” Molina, a Denver resident, said about performer Amanda D’Hod. “There are a lot of people who have medical issues. I wasn’t aware that this was going to happen.”
“Because I live in Denver, it was too difficult to coordinate with a lawyer in Tampa,” Molina said. “So, I went to a law library and wrote it myself.”
Molina does not know the performer’s real name, so she named her by her stage name in the lawsuit.
Molina submitted a complaint to the restaurant manager, the lawsuit says. A few days later, the manager called Molina to provide her insurance information for the business so she could file a claim, the lawsuit says. But the insurance provider, Tristar Risk Management, offered no coverage for the type of injury Molina suffered, the lawsuit says.
The lawsuit claims that Molina, 53, suffered irreversible spinal damage and has lost range of motion in her spine and strength in her right arm. It also states that she is now at a higher risk of developing significant complications—including morbidity, mortality, chronic non-malignant pain and a higher risk of addiction to a controlled substance due to her pain management.