John Suayan, Galveston Bureau May 15, 2013, 10:09am

GALVESTON - A Montgomery County woman seeks damages from a Dickinson resident she blames for injuries she allegedly sustained at a Galveston water park two years ago, recent court documents say.

Magnolia resident Naseem Akhter filed a lawsuit against Joel Scott Hargrove and his parents in Galveston County District Court on May 13.

Recent court documents show that on May 14, 2011, Akhter was about to embark on the Torrent at Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark where the younger Hargrove was an employee.

Akhter says Hargrove, whose responsiblity was to ensure riders were properly secured, failed to do so with her.

"As a direct result of the defendant's negligence, the plaintiff was sent off on the ride improperly secured and backwards down the water ride," the original petition says.

It adds Akhter hit the plastic guide tubes during the course of the ride and then struck the concrete landing area directly at the end.

She asserts the event in question left her with severe back and neck injuries which required medical treatment and still affect her to this day.

According to the suit, the defendant "knowingly" committed the acts that are the subjects of the suit.

Consequently, the complainant sues for pain and suffering, mental anguish, medical costs and lost earnings.

Attorney M. Ali Zakaria of Houston is representing Akhter, and Galveston County 10th District Court Judge Kerry L. Neves is presiding over the litigation.

Case No. 13-CV-654

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