Cable malfunction during boat ride caused woman's head injury, court papers say

GALVESTON - A Houston couple claims the wife was injured during a boat ride almost two years ago and has pursued legal action, recent court papers say.

Geoffrey and Jennifer Wagner are suing Teleflex Inc., Boston Whaler Inc. and Marine Max Inc. for the April 14, 2012, incident in question in Galveston County District Court.

The lawsuit, filed Jan. 8, shows Jennifer Wagner and the couple's daughter were passengers on a 19-foot vessel built by Boston Whaler en route to the Texas City Dike from Port Bolivar.

According to the original petition, during the course of the ride, the boat's steering cable broke and caused the vessel to make a sharp right turn.

"Unfortunately, the failure of the cable cause the plaintiff Jennifer Wagner to fall and strike her head on the gunnel on the port side in an attempt to protect her daughter as she held her in her arms," it says.

The suit asserts that Marine Max sold the vessel to the complainants while the cable which purportedly malfunctioned was made by Teleflex.

Consequently, the Wagners seek unspecified monetary damages.

They are represented by attorney Alton C. Todd of The Law Firm of Alton C. Todd in Friendswood.

The case has been assigned to Galveston County 10th District Court Judge Kerry L. Neves.

Case No. 14-CV-0024

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