Teen injured in trampoline accident alleges negligent maintenance

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Trampoline parks are supposed to provide safe facilities for fun and recreation. However, one Texas family alleges that such facilities are actually incredibly dangerous. They are seeking financial compensation in a premises liability case stemming from life-threatening injuries suffered by their 16-year-old son at a Houston trampoline park. Official reports show that the child and his friends went to a trampoline park on a hot summer day in June 2013. The group had traveled to Cosmic Jump, a trampoline park in northwest Houston. There, a tragic accident left the teen with traumatic brain injuries, which caused him to suffer skull fractures and seizures. Attorneys in the case say that the teen plunged through a rip in the canvas on one of the trampolines. He suffered serious wounds when he smashed into the concrete floor five feet below the trampoline's surface. Attorneys go on to say that Cosmic Jump was negligent because it allowed dangerous conditions to develop on their premises. The facility requires users to sign a liability release, but lawyers say that the document may not hold up in court. Someone who is injured while using a fully functional trampoline may not have a valid civil claim, but a person who is wounded because of hazardous conditions may be treated differently. The teen's serious injuries have left him without the enthusiasm and vibrancy that had made him a top-notch athlete and honors student. He had to learn how to write all over again, for example. Family members say he is not in honors classes any more, and physical activity is difficult because he struggles with balance while standing. Victims of premises liability accidents deserve compensation from the negligent property owner that allowed hazardous conditions to persist. Texas victims may be entitled to a variety of damages, including compensation for pain and suffering, emotional distress and other claims. A Texas personal injury attorney may be able to provide more information for people who have been injured at commercial facilities. Source:  My Fox Houston, "Family files lawsuit against trampoline park after teen injured" Damali Keith, Feb. 18, 2014

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