01/24/2012 08:30 EST | Updated 03/25/2012 05:12 EDT

Duct tape injury nets ex-judge $25K in damages

The Halifax Regional Municipality has been ordered to pay $25,000 in damages and to cover golf cart rental fees for a retired judge who stepped on a piece of duct tape at a city gym and injured her knee.

Elizabeth Roscoe, a retired Nova Scotia Supreme Court justice, sued the city after she hurt herself in March 2008.

Roscoe was playing badminton in the gym attached to Halifax Citadel High School. She stepped on a strip of duct tape that had been left behind by a previous gym user.

She immediately felt pain in her right knee and couldn't play anymore. She required surgery for a torn meniscus.

Roscoe couldn't return to her normal activities for more than a year. When she felt residual effects from the injury, she filed a lawsuit claiming the municipality was negligent.

Roscoe won her legal fight in a decision released Monday.

Nova Scotia Supreme Court Justice Pierre Muise awarded her a total of $30,280.48, including $25,000 in general damages and extras that include the cost of renting a golf cart.

Roscoe said the injury has affected her golf game and she finds it difficult to walk an entire course.

A spokesperson for HRM said it's not appealing the court ruling.

As a result of the case, the gym floors must be inspected between events to ensure there's no leftover tape or any other obstacles on the floor.