Haunted house guest shot with air gun files lawsuit over eye injury

Michelle Keahey Jun. 28, 2011, 1:43pm


A Jefferson haunted house visitor who allegedly suffered an eye injury when an employee shot her with an air gun is suing The House of Shock.

Jena Cuevas filed the suit on June 21 in federal court in New Orleans.

The alleged incident occurred on Oct. 16, 2010 as Jena Cuevas was visiting the House of Shock haunted house with some friends. She states that after approximately 20 minutes into her visit, an unknown employee, dressed in costume, jumped out towards her and shot an air gun or similar device, in her face. Cuevas sustained severe damage to her left eye, including a fracture to the left orbital floor and a tear in her left cornea.

The defendant is accused of negligence for injuring Cuevas with an air gun and for failing to properly supervise and train its employees.

The plaintiff is seeking damages for medical expenses, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of wages, loss of earning capacity, court costs and interest.

Cuevas is represented by Paul M. Sterbcow and Patrick J. Schepens of Lewis, Kullman, Sterbcow & Abramson in New Orleans. A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Eldon E. Fallon is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:11-cv-01467

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