Man sues Voyeur Nightclub

Man sues Voyeur Nightclub

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A Juniata Park man is suing Voyeur Nightclub, claiming he sustained serious injuries inside the popular LGBT venue due to unsafe conditions.

Joamir Vazquez-Rios allegedly fell inside Voyeur around 2 a.m. Feb. 2, 2017, while walking down interior stairs from the second floor to the first floor.

Voyeur is located at 1221 St. James St. in the Gayborhood.

Vazquez-Rios filed suit in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court in June, seeking more than $50,000 in damages. 

According to the seven-page lawsuit, Vazquez-Rios suffered injuries that may be permanent in nature. 

Voyeur’s stairs were maintained in an unsafe manner and there was inadequate lighting when Vazquez-Rios fell, according to the suit. 

Vazquez-Rios’ mishap inside Voyeur resulted in “fractures to his left lower extremity which required surgery,” according to the suit.

In court papers, attorneys for Vazquez-Rios deny that he contributed to his injuries. “[Our client] acted with due care and was not contributorily negligent,” they wrote. 

Defense attorneys deny any wrongdoing by the club, according to court papers.

“At all relevant times, defendants acted in a reasonable, proper and prudent manner. If plaintiff suffered injuries, they were caused in part or entirely by plaintiff’s own negligence,” defense attorneys wrote. 

A jury trial tentatively has been scheduled for 10 a.m. Dec. 3, 2018, in Courtroom 602 of City Hall with Common Pleas Judge Arnold L. New presiding. 

Neither side had a comment for this story.


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