Trampoline parks are popular places for kids to play, host parties and let loose. They may also, however, be the sites of serious injuries to children, especially if or when venue owners fail to take the proper safety precautions to protect their guests.
This is, perhaps, glaringly apparent in the case of a Houston teen who was recently awarded nearly $11.5 million after he suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) at the Cosmic Jump trampoline park in 2013. Below is a closer look at this case.
The Alleged Negligence that Led to the Teen’s TBI
According to court documents, here’s an overview of the unfortunate details and the allegations associated with this case:
- The victim was reportedly going down a ripped trampoline slide when his body weight caused the rip to split open.
- Witnesses say the teen fell about 5 feet, hitting his head on the concrete floor below.
- Following the fall, the injured teen was rushed to a nearby hospital for emergency treatment. Doctors discovered that his brain was bleeding.
- Ultimately, the teen was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury.
- Once an honor student at his high school, the teen is now struggling to recover, and he is reportedly undergoing intensive physical and speech therapy as part of this process.
- After hearing the facts of this case, jurors found that the owner of the trampoline park was grossly negligent for the teen’s brain injury.
The jury’s verdict in this case marks the largest jury award ever granted against a trampoline park in the U.S.
Verdict Sends a Message to Other Trampoline Parks
The jury’s verdict, which totaled $11.49 million, included $5.49 million in compensatory damages, as well as another $6 million in punitive damages.
Commenting on this case and its outcome, an attorney for the teen victim has stated:
This jury clearly wanted their voices to carry far beyond the courthouse…They wanted to put these trampoline parks on notice that safety must be their number one priority. While we recognize that trampolines have certain inherent dangers, falling through a hole in one of the trampoline beds should not be one of them.
Trampoline Park Injury Statistics: How Often Are Kids Hurt at These Parks?
Although trampoline park owners and staff are legally required to routinely inspect their venues and equipment, accidents can and do happen at these parks. In fact, some of the latest findings regarding trampoline park injuries indicate that:
- Sky Zone Trampoline Park (with locations across the U.S. and abroad) has only had three visitors sustain injuries that required medical care (with more than 50,000 attendees visiting their parks since November 2014).
- Since 2012, approximately 95,000 people have sought emergency medical treatment after sustaining trampoline injuries, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
- A Scottish trampoline parked closed in the winter of 2015 after nearly 100 accidents occurred on its premises over a three-week period.
The bottom line is that it may only take ONE trampoline accident or injury to cause catastrophic injuries that could alter a child’s life forever. If that accident involved any type of negligence on the part of park staff and/or its owners, seeking justice via a personal injury case can be the key to victims’ overall recoveries and futures.
Contact a Denver Personal Injury Attorney at the Law Office of James H. Guest, LLC
If you or a loved one has suffered a TBI or any catastrophic injury due to negligence, contact a Denver personal injury attorney at the Law Office of James H. Guest, LLC for answers about your recovery options.
Call (303) 872-5283 or (888) 841-6593 or email us via the contact form on this page to schedule a free, no obligations initial consultation with one of our attorneys. There is no fee for our services if there is no recovery in your case.