Lincoln woman sues 'Inconsiderate Battery Guy' after injury



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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Lincoln woman is suing a man she's dubbed "Inconsiderate Battery Guy" after she tripped over a vehicle battery in a check-out lane and broke an elbow.

Pamela Bauer Flanagan doesn't know the man's name but filed a lawsuit last week in an effort to discover his identity, the Lincoln Journal Star (http://bit.ly/1KJhxm8 ) reported. She and her attorney say they hope to compel information from the Tractor Supply Co. store that will help find him.

Bauer Flanagan said she tripped over the battery in January after the man placed it behind her and didn't let her know. The man went to another check-out lane, paid for the battery and left.

The lawsuit claims the man was negligent and created a tripping hazard, failed to use reasonable care in handling his merchandise and failed to warn Bauer Flanagan about the battery.

Bauer Flanagan said she just wants the man to help pay her medical bills, which total more than $28,500. She needed surgery, screws and metal plates to repair her elbow, according to her lawsuit.

Bauer Flanagan doesn't have health insurance, said her attorney, Joel Nelson.

"She and her husband do not have the resources to just pay those bills — as most people don't," he said.

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Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, http://www.journalstar.com

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