Trampoline Park tells UK teen she ‘can’t bounce without feet’

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A trampoline park in the UK made headlines on Tuesday after a manager told a triple amputee teenager that she needed to leave the trampoline park because of her disability. Ellie had to have both her legs, her right arm and three fingers amputated at the age of five after being hospitalized with meningitis. She has won awards for trampolining & is an active horse back rider.

According to the news reports Ellie had been jumping in the trampoline park for about an hour when I manager approached her and started shouting at her in front of everyone that “if I have no feet, I cannot bounce”. The manager told her that she would be likely to injure others and that she could not be in control of her jumping.

The trampoline park issued a statement apologizing for the incident, but also commenting that the manager was concerned that the teenager was in a free running area that was for advanced users. They also said that they would like to offer free sessions to her and her family…though I doubt her family will return.

Sources

The Sun. “You can’t bounce without feet. What triple amputee teen was told as she was ordered to leave trampoline park in case she injured other customers”. https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/1816779/what-triple-amputee-teen-was-told-as-she-was-ordered-to-leave-trampoline-park-in-case-she-injured-other-customers/. September 20, 2016.

Fatal Indoor Trampoline Park Injury

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A Michigan 15 year old was fatally injured after jumping into a foam pit at an indoor trampoline park the locals call “Flip City”. On March 22nd, Drevon Card was at Total Sports Boys and Girls Club when the unthinkable occurred. The teen landed on his stomach instead of his feet or back into the foam pit & was immediately unresponsive with a broken neck and swelling in the brain. He was rushed to the nearby children’s hospital where he died from his injuries just a few days later on March 25th.

The news reports say that the injury came just minutes after a manager went over the rules, but it is unclear if any or how many staff were nearby when the incident happened or if Drevon Card actually heard the manager’s rules. It has not yet been reported whether a lawsuit will be filed against the trampoline park for the accident. Continue reading “Fatal Indoor Trampoline Park Injury”

Paralyzed Man Sues Trampoline Park

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According to various local news stations in Minneapolis Minnesota a 39 year man is suing the Airmaxx Trampoline Park for an injury that happened last summer. As seen in the video the man tried to do a double flip into the foam pit. Unfortunately, he landed on his neck and is now paralyzed. The lawsuit against the trampoline park is alleging that the center did not have a deep enough foam pit for someone to jump into safely.

The attorney from the trampoline park expressed condolences for the accident, but that the trampoline park does not think that they were at fault. The attorney cited that the man did sign a waiver and that the customers are instructed before entering the trampoline area not to exceed their capabilities.  According to the injured man’s attorney he only signed a waiver as a guardian for his son and not himself. The lawsuit is still in it’s early stages. Continue reading “Paralyzed Man Sues Trampoline Park”

Trampoline Parks, the newest fad in recent years…or are they?

 Trampoline Parks have been popping up all over the U.S. in recent years. While many may think that this is a new type of entertainment it was actually a big fad in the late 1950’s & early 1960’s. The parks were usually created in large grass lots full of pits that the trampolines were put into.

Jumpers could pay 25-50 cents to jump on the trampolines for a half hour. According to a May, 1960 article in LIFE magazine, the parks had gone from three in the Los Angeles area in the fall, to 175 in May. They said that the trampolines parks were opening at a rate of 10 a week. The article reported that their were accidents such as a 16 year old boy dying after dislocating his neck…but that “most of the injuries are sprains and bruises and insurance companies say that the rate of accidents is statistically low”. Continue reading “Trampoline Parks, the newest fad in recent years…or are they?”

Family gets $11.5 Million in trampoline park lawsuit

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According to CBS news a Texas teenager that was injured at a trampoline park franchise called Cosmic Jump has been granted $11.5 million in damages. This is the largest lawsuit ever against a trampoline park. The teenager was sliding down a trampoline slide and when he got to the bottom a tear in the trampoline opened further causing him to fall through. He fell five feet and hit his head on the concrete floor below the trampoline.

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