David Yates Sep. 14, 2012, 4:40pm

While playing on the interactive granite sculpture in front of the Art Museum of Southeast Texas, James Black, a minor, crushed his hand.

Acting as next of friend, Robert Black filed a lawsuit on his behalf against the museum in Jefferson County District Court.

According to the lawsuit, on June 27, 2011, James attended an art camp for children at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas. Around noon, he was playing on an interactive granite sculpture, which resembles a teeter-totter, near the museum entrance.

“The minor was lying prone on the top of the granite teeter-totter with his hands grasping the sides and … rocking back and forth,” the suit states. “The minor’s right hand slipped underneath the granite teeter-totter and concrete walkway, resulting in a severe crush injury.”

The injury resulted in fractures, permanent bone loss and amputation of the distal tip soft tissues of the third and fourth digits.

The suit accuses the Art Museum of Southeast Texas of negligently failing to make safe any dangerous condition and give warning of the defect.

The plaintiffs are seeking an award of exemplary damages and are also suing for James’ past and future pain, mental anguish, impairment, disfigurement and medical expenses.

They are represented by the Law Offices of Jason Cansler in Beaumont.

Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. A193-122

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