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Man who suffered parasitic eye injuries at water rapids park will soon see case come to a Pittsburgh courtroom

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By Nicholas Malfitano | Nov 1, 2019

Ragingrapids

PITTSBURGH – The case of man who allegedly suffered permanent eye damage he allegedly suffered due to the presence of a parasite in unclean water splashed into his face will soon be heading to trial.

On June 17, counsel for plaintiffs Robert Trostle and Krystsina Trostle filed a praecipe to place the case at issue on the next list for trial. According to plaintiff counsel Alan H. Perer, the case was expected to be disposed of within four to six trial days and a trial by jury was requested.

The Trostles, of Pittsburgh, first filed suit in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas on Nov. 28, 2017 versus Kennywood Entertainment, Inc., Kennywood Entertainment, L.P., Kennywood Holdings, Inc., Festival Fun Parks, LLC (doing business as “Palace Entertainment”) and Palace Entertainment Holdings, LLC, all based in West Mifflin – with the Palace defendants also having corporate headquarters in Newport Beach, Calif.

“On July 2, Robert Trostle and his wife Krystsina Trostle were in line to ride the “Raging Rapids” ride at Kennywood Park. Towards the end of the ride, Robert was splashed with water, which is customary for those riding the “Raging Rapids”. Specifically, Robert was splashed in his left eye with water from the ride,” the lawsuit stated.

However, Robert came into contact with microsporidia, a harmful parasite that eats away at the cornea of the eye and present in the water used in the “Raging Rapids,” the suit said. In the next two days, Robert began to experience inflammation in his left eye, causing it to become itchy, red, light-sensitive and severely painful, the suit added.

The suit said after suffering conjunctivitis (pink eye) and then being diagnosed with microsporidia keratitis, Robert was forced to undergo a painful surgery to remove the parasite. The surgery was not able to remove the entire organism, the Trostles said.

The suit detailed this left Robert with lingering issues, including blurry vision, difficulty with night vision, redness, itchiness, dryness, inflammation and pain, microsporidia still being present in his eye and many more.

Per the plaintiffs, the defendants failed to ensure the safe quality of the water used in its theme park, among a number of other charges.

In response, the defendants counter-alleged that the plaintiffs’ complaint failed to state a cause of action upon which relief could be granted and his damages and injuries were caused by “intervening and superseding causes.”

For counts of negligence and loss of consortium, the plaintiffs are seeking damages in excess of $35,000 and a jury trial.

The plaintiffs are represented by Alan H. Perer of Swensen & Perer, in Pittsburgh.

The defendants are represented by Sean P. Hannon of Dell Moser Lane & Loougheny, also in Pittsburgh.

Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas case GD-17-016065

From the Pennsylvania Record: Reach Courts Reporter Nicholas Malfitano at nick.malfitano@therecordinc.com

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