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Lawsuit Filed Against Video Game Maker After Pilot Suffers Grand Mal Seizure

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Pilot Ryan McLaughlin filed a personal injury lawsuit against Bethesda Softworks of Rockville Md, after he suffered a grand mal seizure that caused him to permanently lose his flying status. McLaughlin was playing the “Oblivion: The Elder Scrolls IV” when he said the game’s strobe lights caused him to suffer the first seizure of his life, and caused excruciating pain.

McLaughlin also sued parent corporation Zenimax Media and Sony Computer Entertainment which makes the Playstation 3 game console that he was playing on.

McLaughlin said he filed the lawsuit because “The product was so designed that it exceeded the upper acceptable limit of more than 3 flashes over a 1 second period, as well as acceptable spatial pattern and luminance flash limits. These risks were not made known to the plaintiff and/or an ordinary consumer prior to the time of purchase. The defective and dangerous condition of the product, and that it was unsafe for the use and purpose for which it was intended when used by certain consumers as recommended, was expected and reasonably anticipated by the defendants, and each of them, or in the exercise of ordinary and reasonable care should have been known and discovered by defendants, and each of them.”

The lawsuit claims negligence, breach of warranty and product liability and McLaughlin is seeking punitive damages. disclaimer: This article: Lawsuit Filed Against Video Game Maker After Pilot Suffers Grand Mal Seizure was posted on Friday, May 13th, 2011 at 8:30 pm at and is filed under Personal Injury Lawsuits.

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