Jose Lambiet

Suit alleging Heat’s Burnie injured schoolteacher is settled

A lawsuit brought by a Miami-Dade County school teacher against the Miami Heat last year alleging she was injured during a stunt by mascot Burnie was quietly dismissed earlier this month.

Susan Sanchez, who worked at Caribbean Elementary School on Southwest 200th Street at the time of the mishap, agreed to a settlement, according to her lawyer.

A trial was scheduled to start Dec. 5 in a downtown Miami courtroom.

Attorney Keith Chasin, who reps Sanchez and her husband, Miami-Dade Police Detective Carlos Sanchez, said he couldn’t discuss the details and whether the Sanchez family received a nice check from the Heat.

“The case has been voluntarily dismissed with an agreement signed by both parties,” Chasin said, adding that the settlement is confidential.

The Heat’s lawyer didn’t return a call and email for comment.

The lawsuit was filed in March 2015. Susan Sanchez asserted she was at a pep rally for her students led by Heat mascot Burnie in April 2013 when, along with other teachers, she was invited to join a dance routine led by the basketball-themed character.

While Sanchez was promised the dance would be low-impact, Burnie walked up to her when he saw she wasn’t lifting her leg high enough. Burnie, who was occupied by Heat employee Gustavo Guerra, allegedly grabbed Sanchez’s leg and lifted to a 90-degree angle while pushing her other leg outward in an attempt to have her do a split.

Instead, Sanchez fell and suffered a tear in her left hip, the complaint reads. The teacher hasn’t worked since, according to the lawsuit.

Guerra was also named as a defendant.

Originally, Sanchez’s husband was a plaintiff because of what he claimed was a loss of consortium, but he was dropped from the case.

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