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Tennis Pro Sues for Head Bonk

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (CN) - A professional tennis player was knocked out cold by negligently hung lighting in a corporate sponsor booth at a Family Circle Cup tennis tournament, she claims in court.

Plaintiff Lauren Davis is ranked 63rd among Women's Tennis Association singles players. She sued Production Design Associates, and High Output, in Berkeley County Court.

While competing in the Family Circle Cup tournament in April 2011, she was booked to tape an interview on behalf of corporate sponsor Dove, which is not a party to the lawsuit.

The defendants were hired to provide and install lighting and video equipment for the shoot.

"While plaintiff was waiting to be interviewed, a piece of lighting and video equipment selected, provided and installed by defendants fell and struck plaintiff in the head, knocking her unconscious," Davis says in the complaint.

As a direct result, says Davis, who has since played in the U.S., Australian and French opens, "suffered and continues to suffer from serious, severe and painful head trauma and injuries including a concussion, post-concussion syndrome with its resulting emotional effects, and severe and long-term headaches."

She claims she also "has required expensive and long term medical treatment including multiple emergency room visits, evaluation and treatment by specialists, diagnostic tests such as CT scans and MRI, prescription medications, and other treatments and will continue to require medical care in the future."

Davis seeks actual and punitive damages for negligence and gross negligence.

She is represented by Ashley Twombley, with Twenge + Twombley, of Beaufort, S.C.

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