Littlejohn files amended suit for 2010 bull rush

2010 Scotts Bluff County Fair Queen Jessica Littlejohn and her father have filed an amended lawsuit against three county entities and a rodeo stock company, claiming they were all negligent when Littlejohn was charged and struck by a bull inside the Fair Rodeo arena in Mitchell .

The new suit filed August 5th by Lincoln Attorney Sam Segrist adds Juma Rodeo Stock Incorporated to the prior defendants the Scotts Bluff County Ag Society, the Scotts Bluff County Fair Board and the Scotts Bluff County Fair Scholarship Pageant.

Littlejohn, other contestants in the Fair Pageant and the reigning Miss Nebraska and future Miss America Teresa Scanlan were being introduced to the crowd prior to the August 6th, 2010 bull riding event when a bull broke free from the chute, hit Littlejohn, and threw her into the air.

Littlejohn was hospitalized after suffering a concussion and other injuries. The new suit asks for at least $29,000 in medical costs and other damages for serious personal, emotional, and psychological injuries in addition to a brain and closed head injury.

The suit maintained the defendants were negligent for not confining the bull to its pen and not locking the confinement area, for placing the contestants in front of the pens with their backs to the bulls, and for failing to warn the contestants of the danger they were being exposed to.

In January, Scotts Bluff County District Judge Leo Dobrovolny threw out the initial suit, ruling that the defendants were not served within the required six month time frame after the suit was filed in August of 2012.

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