Lawsuit: water ride at popular Galveston attraction caused man to sustain traumatic brain injury

By John Suayan | Mar 15, 2019

HOUSTON – The law firm Wham & Rogers, PLLC in The Woodlands has filed a state district lawsuit on behalf of a Texas man who claims that he was injured during a visit to a well-known Galveston tourist attraction, recent Harris County District Court records show.

In the 16-page suit filed on Mar. 11 in the 127th District Court, Carlos Arrambide blames the incident which occurred on Aug. 13, 2017 while he and his family were riding the Pirate’s Plunge at the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier on Willie G’s Post Oak, doing business as Pleasure Pier; Landry’s, Inc.; and Fertitta Entertainment, Inc.

Arrambide alleges that “his head slammed in to the front of the passenger log of the log flume at the bottom of the forty-foot drop of the ride.” He purportedly “sustained a traumatic brain injury resulting in cognitive defects and psychological injuries, as well as a burst fracture of his C-1 vertebrae and multiple cervical compression fractures.”

“Conservative treatment of his neck fractures has proved unsuccessful, and anterior cervical discectomy and fusion surgery has been recommended,” the suit says. “The plaintiff faces future cognitive, physical, psychological impairment as a result of his injuries.”

Joining the Landry’s entities as a co-defendant is Interlink FR SARL. According to court filings, Interlink bore responsibility for the design of the ride.

Consequently, Arrambide seeks unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.

Harris County 127th District Court Case No. 2019-17956

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