Aqueduct Racino Worker Knocked Out by Falling Roulette Machine: Lawsuit
OZONE PARK — She didn’t bet on black and blue.
An Aqueduct racino employee was knocked unconscious when a roulette machine on the gambling floor fell on her head, she charges in a recently filed lawsuit.
Teodora Pasici, 44, is suing the maker of the machine, International Game Technology, accusing it of negligence for the injury that has left her unable to work.
“I loved my job, but I was not lucky, I guess,” Pasici told DNAinfo New York.
She had just started her shift Aug. 28, 2013, when a gambler came to her because the electronic roulette table wasn’t working, she said.
When she went to open a door in the machine, it fell on the top of her head. The blow knocked her unconscious. An ambulance was called and she was taken to Jamaica Hospital, according to her lawsuit filed March 26 in Queens Supreme Court.
“I had a lot of problems with my head. I had a lot of headaches. I had a concussion,” she said.
The Racino roulette machine caused a trifecta of injuries, Pasici said.
“I wasn’t the first person that it happened to with the machine,” she said. “It happened to my manager a few days before me.”
Employees calling Pasici to wish her well told her the machine injured another worker after she was hurt.
International Game Technology did not return a request for comment.
Pasici’s lawsuit doesn’t specify an amount of money she seeks, but she said it’s not about hitting the jackpot through litigation.
“My health is more important,” she said. “My life has really changed. After that, I’m not normal anymore. I go to sleep with a headache and I wake up with a headache.”