Angels Rock Bar reopens tonight, says renovations aren’t related to lawsuit

​Two weeks after “Kansas City’s only true rock bar” closed for renovations the club reopens tonight with a new decor. But one Angels Rock Bar patron — who claims the clubs lacks the proper safety features for dancing on a ledge at 1 a.m. — might wish the renovation work had gone further.

According to a lawsuit filed in Jackson County Circuit Court, plaintiff Kristen Ann Arnold of Liberty was dancing on top of a ledge behind one of the VIP booths along with a friend, Kailey Moore, who worked at the bar, at 1 a.m. on February 4, 2009.

“Plaintiff Arnold and her friends danced together on the ledge for approximately ten minutes,” the lawsuit says. “Unbeknownst to Plaintiff Arnold, the end of the ledge dropped off suddenly and without warning and was unguarded. Due to the fact that the end of the ledge dropped off suddenly and was unguarded, Plaintiff Arnold fell from the ledge approximately ten (10) feet striking her head.”

Arnold was taken to the emergency room the next day after experiencing “excruciating pain in her head and neck” and claims “she was dizzy, nauseous and vomiting.” She was diagnosed with a subdural hematoma, subarachnoid hemorrhage, basilar skull fracture, cervical strain and post-concussion syndrome.

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