Waterpark employees failed to hold man's hand on ride, suit says

Steve Gonzalez Dec. 5, 2007, 3:44am

Splash City

A man who claims that employees of a Collinsville water park failed to hold his hand while he got the feel of a ride is suing the operators of Splash City Family Waterpark for more than $50,000.

Joel Casson filed a personal injury suit against Midwest Pool Management (MPM) for injuries he received at Splash City on July 7. MPM contracts with the Collinsville Area Recreation District to provide management and staffing for the waterpark.

According to the complaint filed Nov. 28 in Madison County Circuit Court, Casson approached employees for the purpose of riding on the FlowRider.

Casson claims MPM failed to determine his level of experience, failed to provide safe entry, failed to assist in the placement of the Flowboard in the direction of waterflow and failed to have an employee assist in the balance and weight distribution on the Flowboard.

Casson claims the manual for the attraction imposed numerous requirements on MPM but the company failed to follow the manual by failing to ensure he understood the disclosure of risk and release form he was required to sign and failed to ensure he understood the signage surrounding the ride prior to his turn on the ride.

He also alleges that MPM employees failed to "hold his hand" while he got the feel of the FlowRider, failed to have an employee to situate themselves to allow immediate access when he fell that led to his severe injuries.

"The FlowRider presented an unreasonable risk of harm to riders unless Defendant operated it in accordance with the manual," the complaint states.

Casson claims he fell in an "unnatural position" while riding the FlowRider causing a dislocation, rotator cuff tear and impingement of his left shoulder which caused pain, weakness, medical expenses, lost wages and caused his ability to enjoy life to become severely lessened.

Represented by James Parrot of St. Louis, Casson is seeking damages in excess of $50,000, plus costs of the suit.

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