Man sues Moody Gardens over water slide collision

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Jan. 21, 2009, 1:47pm

GALVESTON – An Oklahoma man is suing the operator of a Galveston tourist attraction after he collided with another patron on a water slide last summer.

Faisal Wasi of Stigler, Okla., filed a personal injury lawsuit against Moody Gardens Inc. on Jan. 15 in Galveston County District Court.

Court papers say Wasi was on the water slide at Moody Gardens' Palm Beach water park on May 24. As Wasi disembarked from the water slide, he claims he was struck by the person coming down the slide behind him.

The suit, filed by Dallas attorney Paul A. Grinke, alleges Moody Gardens failed to provide safeguards on the water slide.

"The plaintiff had come down the slide as directed by the personnel on duty at the top of the slide," they explain. "Before he could exit the pool at the bottom of the slide, another person was allowed to come down the slide, striking the plaintiff and causing personal injury."

Wasi accuses Moody Gardens of neglecting to properly train its personnel to keep a proper lockout for the safety of individuals participating in water park activities, maintain said slide in secure condition, and make sure he had left the base of the slide prior to letting another person go down.

"Moody Gardens otherwise failed to use due care under the circumstances," the complaint states.

The suit does not name the person who reportedly wounded the plaintiff as a defendant.

Documents do not elaborate on the extent of Wasi's purported injuries, but argue the plaintiff was rendered unable to work.

Consequently, Wasi seeks damages for a lack of earning capacity, lost wages, pain and suffering, disfigurement and impairment, mental anguish, and medical expenses.

Galveston County 122nd District Court Judge John Ellisor is presiding over the case.

Case No. 09CV0056

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