According to a lawsuit filed in Tarrant County, Texas, a young boy must have medical treatment every 6 months until he is 18 years old. Back in 2017, the then 4 year old boy was “double-jumped” by a full grown man, and caused to fly in the air and lose control of his body. When the boy came down, he slammed back into the trampoline, and sustained severe injuries to his right leg.
Unfortunately, the boy sustained fractures to his growth plate areas of the tibia and fibula, has already had several surgeries, and will have to be under the care of an experienced orthopedic surgeon for well over a decade.
Is there any chance this accident have been prevented had the trampoline park enforced its rules and been properly regulated?
Not only was the young boy double-jumped, which is against the rules, most, if not all, trampoline parks have rules against more than one person on the same trampoline square. In this situation, there was several older jumpers on the square with a very young child . . . a recipe for disaster and catastrophic injuries.
A double-jump is banned in the vast majority of trampoline parks. It essentially takes twice the amount of energy and puts in into the trampoline as a spring board, resulting in a loss of control, extreme air time, which causes shattered bones, devastating fractures, and sometimes paralyzing injuries.
Now, the trampoline park Flight Deck is facing a lawsuit claiming in excess of $1,000,000 in damages. The company will attempt to assert the waiver as a defense due to the “known and unknown risks that are inherently dangerous and can result in injury or death,” however, our Texas page lays out that this is most likely invalid due to existing Texas law which hold parental waivers void as a matter of public policy.
This lawsuit is still unfolding, however, this is more evidence that trampoline parks all around the country need to be held responsible and further regulated to protect their own customers from lifelong doctors visits.
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