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Honeymooning Man Blinded While Visiting Medieval Times

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Photo of sparking swords during a show at Medieval Times by niXerKG via Flickr
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When you sit down for dinner and at show at Medieval Times, you may be expecting a number of things, but being blinded in one eye is likely not one of them. That's what allegedly happened to one honeymooning man who had VIP seats with his bride to the Medieval Times in Buena Park in April 2011. Now that man is suing the restaurant for millions of dollars in damages.

An email sent on behalf of the law firm representing Dustin Wiseman of South Dakota, elaborates that the incident that left the man blind in one eye involved the flaming shards of metal springing from clanking swords in a staged sword fight that took place right in front of Wiseman and his wife, Melissa.

The Wisemans say that the tickets to seats closer to the action cost more, and that the "sparking of the swords was intended by Medieval Times to create a more exciting show." So basically, it was a double-edged sword kind of scenario--you pay more to risk more--at least according to the logic of the claim by Wiseman.

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Despite Medieval Times’ knowledge of flaming shards of metal being thrown into the air, Medieval Times did not take sufficient measures to protect its patrons from being injured. As a result, while the Wisemans were eating their dinner and watching the show, a shard of metal flew off one of the titanium swords and directly into Dustin Wiseman’s eye, tearing his cornea and lens and injuring his retina in multiple places. The injuries that Dustin sustained at Medieval Times have forced him to undergo multiple surgeries. Despite the surgeries, Dustin remains blind in his left eye.

The injury forced the Wisemans to spend their trip at the hospital, not doing the more typical honeymoon tourist stuff.

The case has been filed against Medieval Times Entertainment, Inc. in Orange County Superior Court. According to the OC Register, in February 2012, Medieval Times debuted a new show that includes "more jousts [and] sword fights."