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Man Files Suit Over Collapsed Deck Chair At Rented Vacation Home

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A British man’s spring 2007 vacation to a beach house on the Bolivar Peninsula ended in a personal injury suit.

According to the suit Julian Bruce of Horsham, England filed on May 13 in Texas’ Galveston County District Court, he and his wife were guests at the vacation home of Michael and Debra Taylor on May 13, 2007 when an outdoor chair he was about to sit on broke underneath him, causing him to fall to the deck.

Bruce claims the fall caused him to sustain injuries to his hip, pelvis, and back.

The suit claims the chair was “structurally unsound, dilapidated, and poorly maintained,” rendering it unable to support the weight of any male of average build.

The suit alleges negligence on the part of the Taylors for failure to maintain the chair and advertising the beach house for rental despite knowing the veranda chairs were in poor condition.

The real estate broker for the home, Swede’s Beach Properties Inc., was also named as a defendant.

Bruce claims that he experienced anxiety, pain, and illness and had to seek medical treatment in two continents.

Bruce seeks damages for pain, suffering, mental anguish, and lost wages and earning capacity and has demanded a trial by jury.

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