Man injured by lounge chair sues waterpark

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Aug 16, 2011

GALVESTON - A Harris County man is suing a Galveston waterpark after he cut his leg with a lounge chair at the premises two years ago.

According to a lawsuit filed against ANH2O Inc. on Aug. 5 in Galveston County District Court, James Griffiths was moving a chair at Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark on Sept. 5, 2009, when its bottom edge fell down on his leg and sliced "95 percent of his Achilles tendon."

Griffiths says he inspected the chair to find the rubber cap missing from the bottom edge.

"There were no signs or warnings to the defendants' invitees, including the plaintiff, of the improperly maintained lounge chair," the original petition states.

"As a result, the plaintiff suffered serious injuries and damages."

The suit blames ANH2O, doing business as Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark, for failing to use reasonable care while attempting to make the premises safe for others, negligently allowing activities to be conducted when it knew or should have known these activities presented a danger to others, and negligently hiring, training supervising and retaining competent employees that would properly construct end aisle displays.

It insists that the complainant did nothing to bring forth the alleged incident.

Griffiths consequently seeks unspecified monetary damages.

He is represented by attorneys Kerry M. Guidry and Miguel A. Adame of Houston.

The case has been assigned to Galveston County 212th District Court Judge Susan Criss.

Case No. 11-cv-1278

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