Well, that’s gonna leave a mark. I’m Amy E. Feldman.

A Pennsylvania woman, lounging on a beach chair on a summer day in Ocean City, Maryland was impaled in the chest by a beach umbrella that was taken up by the wind. Wow, that story got dark fast, no? She was treated at the hospital and survived, although she says she still has lingering back, pelvis, and arm pain according to the lawsuit she just filed against the town and the company that rented the umbrellas, arguing they created a dangerous condition by failing to inspect the beach during a wind advisory or to warn people of the dangers of leaving an umbrella open in the wind.

The woman apparently did not sue the beachgoer whose umbrella got away—but it’s a lesson to anyone who uses equipment that could harm others: be sure you’ve taken all due care to protect yourself and those around you by securing your equipment and using common sense because the back—and greenbacks you save could be your own.

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