Al Sharpton’s oldest daughter, 29 year old Dominique, has filed a lawsuit against New York City because she tripped while crossing the street and sprained her ankle. The alleged fall happened in October of last year, and she was pictured wearing a walking boot several times in the following few weeks. Shortly afterwards, she began wearing very high heels again, demonstrating that her ankle had healed. By December, she was participating in her father’s Justice for All March through DC.
In the lawsuit she claims that her fall left her “severely injured, bruised, and wounded.” Although she stated on her social media pages that she “sprained [her] ankle real bad lol,” the lawsuit alleges that her unspecified injuries were much more severe. She and her lawyer claim she has, “internal and external injuries to the whole body, lower and upper limbs, the full extent of which are unknown, permanent pain and mental anguish.”
These claims of full-body injury and “permanent pain,” may be difficult to prove, given that she recently climbed a mountain while vacationing in Bali. She posted a selfie taken from the top of the mountain on her social media pages. It’s unlikely that she would have been able to perform that feat were she still in pain. It’s even more unlikely that a simple sprain or bruising from a typical trip would cause “permanent pain.” If she were truly “still suffering,” as the lawsuit alleges climbing a mountain should have been nearly impossible.
Dominique is seeking $5 million from the city to compensate for her “loss of quality of life, future pain and suffering, future medical bills, and future diminution of income.”
No explanation has been offered as to how a sprained ankle last October will affect her income in the future. She works for her father’s organization and none of the work she does should be anywhere near as physical as climbing a mountain.
Most legal experts agree that the lawsuit isn’t going anywhere. If anything, she may be compensated for her initial medical bills to treat the sprain, but little more. Her mountain climbing adventure made it very difficult to argue lasting physical pain.