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Lawsuit Claims Kennywood Amusement Park Ride Gave Rider Eye-Eating Parasite Infection

The Raging Rapids ride at Kennywood Amusement Park is a popular Pittsburgh attraction offering the thrill of whitewater-rafting close to home. It is expected that anyone adventurous enough to get into a Raging Rapids raft will get wet, possibly even completely drenched. For Robert Trostle of Squirrel Hill, however, the raging waters did more than soak him under the hot July sun in the summer of 2017. Trostle filed a lawsuit against the park claiming that the waters from the Raging Rapids ride infected him with an eye-eating parasite.

The lawsuit alleges negligence due to Kennywood’s dirty water, which was noted as also appearing “stagnant and sludge-like” on the day Trostle took a ride on a Raging Rapids raft. Generally, a reasonable person would believe that the water at an amusement park would be clean and safe enough so that children could go on the rides without getting sick. When it is discovered, however, that an adult has become sick from the waters, it would appear that the amusement park operators can be considered to have fallen below a standard duty of care toward their customers.

The complaint alleges that, due to a lack of care on the part of Kennywood in not maintaining the splashing Raging Rapids waters as safe, Trostle developed an eye inflammation known as conjunctivitis. When Trostle’s left eye worsened, he went to see a doctor who diagnosed microsporidia keratitis, a waterborne disease caused by a parasite that eats away at a person’s cornea.

The parasite found an opportunity to grow in Trostle’s left eye when some of the dirty water from the Raging Rapids ride splashed into it. Trostle required extremely painful eye surgery, but it wasn’t enough to completely remove the parasite from his infected eye. He was given antibiotics and still suffers from extreme pain and blurry vision in his left eye. He is seeking damages, which include his medical expenses.

Pennsylvania law allows for a personal injury lawsuit to be filed against a company or party responsible for causing physical harm or damage. Rudberg Law Offices, LLC can determine if your personal injury is a result of negligence on the part of an amusement park or other public facility. Call us at 412-488-6000 or contact us online to see if we can help you obtain relief and compensation.