John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Jan. 30, 2013, 12:41pm

GALVESTON - Claiming he was injured while catching balls at a batting cage, Glenn Pappe has filed a lawsuit.

Recent court documents filed Jan. 28 in Galveston County District Court claim an employee with Acrofit Gymnastics Houston Inc. distracted Pappe and caused him to get struck in the eye by a ball.

The suit shows the plaintiff was the first patron to arrive at the defendant's premises on June, 2, 2012, stating he was the only one at the batting cages.

As he was using the pitching machine, one of the respondent's workers yelled out to him to which his attention was taken away from the machine, the suit says.

An incoming ball then connected with Pappe's left eye.

The complainant, who supposedly suffered a crushed orbit and damage to his nose and cheek, was taken to Clear Lake Regional Medical Center and subsequently sent to Houston Eye Associates for surgery.

Pappe insists the machine was "miscalibrated to the wrong speed and/or labeled incorrectly."

Consequently, he sues for physical pain and suffering, impairment, loss of earning capacity and medical expenses.

Attorney Tom

with the Law Office of Thomas J. Gehring PC in Austin is representing Pappe, and Galveston County 10th District Court Judge Kerry L. Neves is presiding over the case.

Case No. 13-CV-131

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