Slip & fall specialist gives Blue Martini a goodbye gift — a slip & fall lawsuit

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The owner of a clinic specializing in slip and fall cases is suing the soon-to-close Blue Martini in International Plaza — in a slip and fall case.

The victim, Elizabeth Salvia-Rodriguez, is seeking damages from the restaurant, as well as Taubman Company LLC, a Michigan-based firm doing business as International Plaza and Bay Street.

Salvia-Rodriguez, a 52-year-old Cuba native, is president and owner of Bayview Medical & Rehab. Bayview, with locations in Tampa and Brandon, is a family practice specializing in several areas, including slips and falls, chiropractic care, auto accidents and personal injuries.

In December 2015, Salvia-Rodriguez was at Blue Martini in International Plaza. Around 1:30 a.m., she slipped while walking on an uneven surface while exiting the bar. According to the suit, she sustained many injuries, including “significant and permanent scarring or disfigurement … injuries to her head, face, jaws, neck, back, spine, arms, legs, nerves, muscles, ligaments, tendons, joints, soft tissues and body as a whole.”

Blue Martini, an upscale bar and restaurant, is set to close Saturday. Although the restaurant was open in the International Plaza for 15 years, disagreements with lease negotiations forced the establishment to close and will be replaced by Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar, a South Florida chain.

Salvia-Rodriguez was arrested in 2006 on a felony charge for filing a fraudulent insurance claim. A pretrial intervention program allowed the charges to be dropped.