“La dolce vita” is Italian for “the good life” or, literally, “the sweet life.” It's what Americans used to call “sitting pretty” or “the life of Riley.” Plenty of money, plenty of free time, and nothing to do but enjoy life.

Such a pleasant set of circumstances may have been what the marketing genius hoped to conjure up in the mind of prospective tenants when he named the Dolce Living Grand Harbor apartment complex in Katy.

“Dolce Living”? Sounds sweet.

Rene Lopez is trying to get a taste of the sweet life by suing Dolce Living for an injury his young son sustained there while taking advantage of some of the free amenities, specifically the treadmill in a workout area.

Whether he was exercising or playing is unclear. Either way, Julian Lopez allegedly was using the treadmill at Dolce Living on Feb. 29, 2016 when he fell and broke his arm. Though it took nearly two years to do so, the elder Lopez filed suit against the facility in Harris County District Court last Friday.

Rene Lopez claims one of the building's employees called out to his son while he was on the treadmill, prompting him to turn, lose his balance and fall.

“The defendant knew or should have known that having an employee distract anyone from behind while working out on the treadmill is a condition which poses an unreasonable risk of harm,” Lopez said in the suit.

Apparently if you turn around while on a running treadmill and fall off, someone has to pay for the mistake. Will this suit get a fast run in court?

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