Laconia being sued over playground accident

LACONIA — A Franklin woman is suing the city for negligence and nuisance for injuries she sustained while pushing her granddaughter on the swings at Opechee Park in May of 2012.

Margaret Dolbeare, who was 74 when when the incident occurred, said she was walking toward the swing set when her right foot went under the edge of a mat and she fell on her left knee.

In her suit, filed on April 10, 2014, in Belknap County Superior Court, she claims she was unable to get up on her own and required assistance to get to her car so she could get home.

After a year of care with an orthopedic specialist, she underwent a total knee replacement on June 18, 2013.

Dolbeare argues that the city has a duty to maintain the premises of a public park including the maintenance and operation of its playground equipment.

She is asking for an unspecified amount of money for knee replacement surgery; pain, suffering and lost of enjoyment of life; permanent injury; past, current, and future medical expenses, and lost earning capacity. Dolbeare has asked for a jury trial, which has yet to be scheduled.