DANVERS, Mass. (AP) - A Rowley man who says he burned the soles of his feet while walking barefoot on a metal ramp at a Danvers marina has filed a lawsuit, saying the facility's owners should have warned him the ramp was hot.
Norman Pelletier says in his suit he suffered second-degree burns after walking on the ramp at the Danversport Yacht Club in June. His lawyer says he required medical attention. The marina declined to comment on the lawsuit, however they do say Pelletier declined medical attention offered by marina staff after the incident.
Pelletier says he has diabetes and has limited feeling in his feet. He didn't feel the burns until he reached the top of the ramp.
The lawsuit, filed last week in Salem Superior Court, seeks at least $15,000 in damages.
Pelletier's lawyer alleges the yacht club's management was negligent because it didn't warn visitors the ramp might be hot, and failed to provide a "reasonably safe" environment.
He says the ramp gets up to 120 degrees in the sun.
Marina officials say they have never had any complaints about the ramp. They say they are disappointed that one of their members chose legal action rather than bringing the safety concern to their attention.