Bungee Fun sued after jumper dangles on ride

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Apr. 6, 2010, 12:00pm

GALVESTON - A Jefferson County man claims he sustained internal and spinal injuries while he was suspended in midair during a bungee ride, recent court documents say.

Wesley Hampshire's personal injury lawsuit against Bungee Fun Inc. says the plaintiff was on the ride in question on Aug. 21, 2008, when an electronic malfunction to the operating equipment caused him to dangle high above the ground for more than half an hour.

The suit was filed March 29 in Galveston County District Court.

Court papers state that Hampshire's body was slammed and jerked against the ride's metal railing. He suffered multiple severe bruises from the straps that were attached to him.

"This was the second time that the bungee ride had malfunctioned in such a matter in a month," the original petition says.

Consequently, Hampshire seeks damages for medical expenses, lost wages, physical pain and suffering, and mental anguish.

Washington & Ernster PLLC is representing the plaintiff.

The case has been assigned to Galveston County 56th District Court Judge Lonnie Cox.

Case No. 10-cv-0869

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