A hearing in a suit brought by a man who alleges a mechanical bull ride injured his finger so severely it had to be amputated has been moved.

According to an order signed April 25, plaintiff Timothy Cavins informed the court that he was in the hospital due to recent severe storms and could not attend the hearing set the same day.

Cavins is suing Fun Source Inc. for damages in excess of $50,000 and costs.

He claims that Fun Source did not properly instruct him on how to ride the bull at a picnic
he attended in 2006 and that the ride was unreasonably dangerous.

Cavins lost his finger due to injuries he claims to have suffered riding the bull.

Fun Source has not entered an appearance or filed an answer in the 2008 suit.

At one point, Cavins moved for a default judgment against the company but there has been little to no action in the suit for months.

Mudge had set the suit for either a status conference Monday or dismissal.

The new hearing date in the case is May 25 at 9 a.m.

Cavins represents himself.

The case is Madison case number 08-L-792.

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