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Baltimore woman sues mayor over exploding toilet

A Baltimore resident is suing the mayor and city council after getting "blown off" her toilet.

A West Baltimore resident is suing the mayor and the City Council and two city contractors after she said she experienced emotional and physical anguish and damage to her home after her toilet exploded in November 2014.

According to the lawsuit, filed in Baltimore City Circuit Court in February, Angela Wright was using the bathroom when the toilet backed up and, without warning, blew her off the commode “with great force and violence.” Wright, who was knocked to the floor, was covered in feces and suffered serious injuries to her head and body, the lawsuit stated.

The lawsuit holds defendants, which include the city and contractors Spiniello Companies Inc. and Heitkamp Inc., responsible for repairing the sewage system connected to Wright’s Liberty Square home in a "negligent manner," causing the explosion.

The experience has impacted Wright's mental and emotional health, according to the lawsuit, leading to “mental anguish” and “loss of enjoyment of her usual pursuits and pastimes." Her bathroom was also severely damaged and in need of repair, the lawsuit said.

Wright’s lawsuit reported $3,300 in medical bills and $14,000 in property damages. She and her attorney, Louis Glick, are seeking $75,000 from each defendant, for a total of $225,000.

Wright and attorney Glick did not immediately respond to requests for comment, nor did representatives from Heitkamp Inc. and Spiniello Companies Inc. Howard Libit, a spokesman for Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, said in an email that the mayor's office does not comment on pending litigation. 

The anticipated length of the trial will be one day and will include a jury, but no date has been scheduled, according to court records. 

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