Tristen Shepard v. Russell Baker and Shirley Heathman, St. Louis City Circuit Court, Case No: 1222-CC10503.

Attorney Chris Dixon obtained a $2,750,000 judgment on March 3, 2013, for teen shot in the eye at paintball facility under a premises liability case. In the Courts Judgment, St. Louis City Circuit Court Judge David Dowd agreed with Attorney Dixon that $2,7500,000 was required to reimburse Tristen for his harms and losses.

The evidence at trial showed that in November of 2010, 13 year old Tristen Shepard was a patron of Camo Valley Paintball, owned and operated by Russell Baker and Shirley Heathman. The St. Louis City Court heard at trial that the paintball facility was negligent in their failure to provide adequate safety equipment, training, and supervision to the young children using their facility. The trial court heard that after arriving at the facility, Tristen was forced to wear goggles that did not fit him properly. Evidence further showed that the paintball facility made no effort to help Tristen or provide him any assistance with his situation.

Tristen testified that his goggles fell down below his eye at the same moment another patron pulled the trigger. According to his attorney, “Tristen was shot in the eye as a result of the ill-fitting goggles and required surgical repair and extensive medical treatment. In addition, Tristen now suffers from life long impairment of his vision.” Trial medical reports showed that as a result of his eye injury, Tristen will be prevented from obtaining jobs in the future such as over-the-road truck driving and several military positions.

To view a full copy of the Court’s Judgment, click here.

Christopher R. Dixon is a top child injury lawyer in Missouri.

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