Two teenagers were all aglow as they partied, but their NYC rave lawsuit claims a "toxic" swimming pool with glow-in-the-dark water left them "blinded."
Rocio Marie Cabrera and Sarah Deodath, both 19, claim to have suffered "permanent reduction of visibility in both eyes" after frolicking in an indoor swimming pool at a Brooklyn rave in August, the New York Post reports.
Organizers of the "Return to the Bubble Kingdom" bash are responsible because they dumped chemicals into the pool to make it glow under blacklights, the ravers' lawsuit claims.
The suit names event promoter Unicorn Meat NYC along with Atlantic Properties, which allegedly owns the warehouse where the rave took place, according to the Post.
But Atlantic Properties told the Post it does not own the property in question. That issue will likely be dealt with as the lawsuit proceeds.
The crux of the allegedly injured ravers' complaint is that they "ingested and/or absorbed dangerous, hazardous and/or toxic chemicals resulting in severe and debilitating injuries to their eyes," their suit states.
To prove this in court, the ravers' lawyer will likely rely on the legal process of discovery -- in which all parties disclose information prior to trial -- to determine exactly what types of chemicals were mixed into the pool.
Once the chemicals are known, the ravers will likely need to line up expert testimony, perhaps by a doctor, to establish that their injuries were caused by the chemicals.
And because the teenagers are claiming vision impairment, the defendants may demand the ravers undergo independent medical exams. If this happens, the party requesting the exams may be able to choose the doctor, or the court may choose one on its own. The ravers' personal injury lawyer may also be allowed to observe the exam.
The ravers paid $90 each to attend the indoor pool party. They could potentially see much more than that if their NYC rave lawsuit is successful.
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