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Perfect Storm Harmony Cruise Water Slide Head Injury Passenger Lawsuit
Perfect Storm Harmony Cruise Water Slide Head Injury Passenger Lawsuit
Perfect Storm Harmony Cruise Water Slide
Perfect Storm Harmony Cruise Water Slide

Cruise Bruise Investigates has shocking exclusive lawsuit information, which surpasses our expose of the James Hausman head jury case against Holland America Line after he walked into sliding door and filed a $21.5 Million head injury lawsuit. The lawsuit judgment was over-turned after never before heard witness testimony was presented to the court.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line passenger Long Bui originally from Can Thon, Ha Noi, Vietnam but who lives in the Atlanta  suburb town of  Tucker, Georgia says he was sailing aboard Harmony of the Seas on December 19, 2016 when he sustained a traumatic brain, neck, spinal injury while sliding down the The Perfect Storm water slide.

Long Bui Photo October 2014
Long Bui Photo October 2014

The lawsuit titled Long Bui v Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, filed on November 21, 2017, alleges, “The Harmony of the Seas has a water slide complex that features three slides called “Perfect Storm”. “The Perfect Storm” is part of a water park manufactured by Polin Waterparks. RCCL received instructions or warnings from the water slide manufacturer of the water slides which informed RCCL as to how to operate the water slides as well as warned RCCL of the potential dangers or hazards. These standards through the manufacturers instructions, as well as prior incidents , and observing passengers use the slide on the RCCL ships on a daily basis for years, put RCCL on notice that if RCCL does not control the timing of when people use the slide and allow sliders to start their descent with another slider in the tube, slider will collide with each other. If sliders collide with each other, it is reasonably foreseeable that the sliders can get injured during the collision.”

The complaint further alleges, “Bui had finished his descent down the slide and while he was in the tube, when a slider behind Bui violently struck Bui while Bui was in the middle of the tube. The slider behind Bui struck Bui in the head. Bui lost consciousness as he slid down the remainder of the run. Bui regained consciousness sometime after he landed in the splash pool at the bottom of the run. The collision caused by the negligence of the cruise line has caused serious injury to cruise passenger Bui. This injury includes a traumatic brain injury and injuries to the cervical vertebrae, discs, and spinal cord and/or nerve roots for which neck fusion surgery has been recommended.”

In addition, Bui alleges, “The Defendant’s negligence proximately caused the aforementioned injuries and damages to the Plaintiff in the past and in the future. Those injuries and damages include but are not economic damages including medical, psychological, and other related expenses in the past and in the future; household and other related expenses in the past and in the future; lost income in the past and lost income and income earning capacity in the future. Those injuries and damages also include but are not limited to non-economic damages including pain, suffering, disability, physical impairment, scarring, disfigurement, mental anguish, inconvenience, and loss of capacity for the enjoyment of life. The losses are either permanent or continuing. The Plaintiff has suffered these losses in the past, and will continue to suffer them in the future.”

However, only two days after the lawsuit was filed, on November 23, 2017, Long Bui was posting numerous live videos which were for a public internet audience. Several more videos were posted days prior to filing the lawsuit and several live videos posted a week after the law suit was filed. (videos on file)

These videos show Bui at a party, drinking and singing karaoke while going up and down stairs without assistance, exhibiting a full range of upper and lower body motions, which appear to contradict the lawsuit claims of “disability” and “physical impairment”. There is no apparent sign of a traumatic brain injury, neck and spinal injury during the dozen performances posted online over the Thanksgiving holiday.

We contacted Long Bui, his lawyer and Randy Ginsberg attorney for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line for comment a week before posting this article, there were no responses.

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Video: Long Bui November 2017