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Jerry Dalton Gym

The Natrona County Mustangs take the mat before a wrestling match with Cheyenne East in Jan. 16, 2014, the team’s last dual meet at the old Jerry Dalton Gymnasium.

A Casper woman is suing the Natrona County School District for half a million dollars, alleging that the district was negligent leading to her breaking her leg in 2014 while watching a wrestling match.

Lawyers met behind closed doors Thursday, in preparation for a civil trial where Linda Morrison will try to convince a jury that she should be compensated for lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life and emotional distress, according to documents filed in Natrona County District Court. If the district holds greater than $500,000 in liability insurance coverage, she will attempt to recover the maximum payout from the policy.

Morrison claims she has incurred more than $100,000 in medical expenses to date and expects to rack up more bills as she recovers from a broken femur and hip, according to the documents.

Documents allege that Morrison suffered the injuries at a wrestling match January 2014 after she put her walking cane through a hole in bleachers at the now-defunct Jerry Dalton Gym on the campus of Natrona County High School, the documents state.

The school district was negligent by failing to ensure the safety of people visiting the gym and should compensate Morrison, the suit alleges. Documents state that the school district did not repair holes in the bleachers, did not warn the public about the holes and did not install handrails on the bleachers.

The gym was closed about a month after the fall is alleged to have occurred and the suit incident occurred at the last wrestling match held at the gym.

Although the district’s defense strategy was not made clear from court filings, attorneys for the defense plan to call Morrison, her doctors and four other people as witnesses, according to a set of documents filed on behalf of the school district.

A school district spokeswoman declined to comment and referred questions to the school district’s attorney.

Neither Morrison’s nor the school district’s attorneys responded to repeated requests for comment on the story.

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