Man burned by hot rocks at day spa, suit alleges

David Yates Nov. 9, 2010, 6:34am

A man seeking a deep tissue massage from Calder's Mane Event & Day Spa has filed suit against the owner of the company, alleging a masseuse burned him with hot rocks.

Louisiana resident Rodney Welch filed his suit against day spa owner Daisy Johnson on Nov. 3 in Jefferson County District Court.

Court papers show that Welch had an appointment with the spa on Nov. 17, 2008, for a deep tissue message.

The message therapist heated up some stones in the microwave and then placed them on Welch's upper right back and shoulder area without laying down protection for his skin, causing second degree burns, court papers say.

"These burns have caused permanent scarring ... which have accelerated into a keloid reaction ... requiring a surgical procedure to correct," the suit states.

Welch accuses Johnson of negligently hiring and training the message therapist.

He is suing for actual and exemplary damages.

Houston attorney Barbara Hudson is representing him.

Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. A188-731

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