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Fan Sues Punk Rockers Dropkick Murphys

(CN) - A fan of punk band Dropkick Murphys was injured when she was invited on stage to sing, the woman claims in court.

Courtney Wimer, 30, of Bellevue, Neb., sued the band, concert security provider Barking Dog Ltd., concert promoter Mammoth Inc. and venue operator Sokol Omaha, in Douglas County Court, Omaha.

Wimer says she was at a Dropkick Murphys concert at the Sokol Auditorium on Nov. 1, 2012 when she was invited by an unspecified member of the band onto the stage that was at least 3 feet higher than the audience.

"The plaintiff successfully climbed up on stage and joined the band in singing one of the final songs of the evening," the complaint states. "Inviting concert patrons on stage to sing near the end of their concert performance is a regular, usual and customary part of a Dropkick Murphys band performance."

Wimer says a Barking Dog employee took her hand as she was leaving the stage to assist her, and her foot got tangled in a stage barrier. Her left ankle and foot were injured as a result, she says.

The defendants "fail[ed] to make the premises safe" and "fail[ed] to warn of hidden and hazardous conditions," the complaint states.

Wimer claims she has incurred more than $20,000 in medical expenses and that her left leg is permanently injured.

Dropkick Murphys did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday evening.

Formed in Quincy, Mass., in 1996, the band is best known for the song "I'm Shipping Up to Boston," featured in Martin Scorsese's Academy Award-winning film "The Departed." The band's most recent studio album, "Signed and Sealed in Blood," reached No. 9 on the Billboard 200 charts in 2013.

Wimer seeks damages for negligence. She is represented by John McNamara in Omaha.

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