Father sues trampoline park over daughter’s broken leg

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A Texarkana, Texas, trampoline park is being sued for negligence by the father of a 13-year-old girl who suffered a compound leg fracture in March.

Texarkana lawyer Jonathan Prazak filed a complaint Aug. 30 against G-Force Entertainment Inc. doing business as G-Force Indoor Trampoline and Ninja Complex in Bowie County district court on behalf of Michael Laman. The complaint accuses G-Force of negligence and gross negligence.

Laman’s daughter was allegedly injured when a bigger, male trampoline park patron fell on top of her. The complaint alleges rules forbidding multiple jumpers to use the same trampoline at once either didn’t exist or weren’t enforced.

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“Because defendant failed to implement or enforce such rules, plaintiff’s 13-year-old daughter was bullied and harassed by an older, larger male participant who, when attempting to “bounce” (the girl) on a trampoline (the girl) was previously using, landed on her and compound-fractured her leg,” the complaint states. “This severe hazard was completely unknown and not readily recognizable to patrons, including plaintiff’s minor daughter. This severe hazard, unknown to plaintiff’s minor daughter, posed an unreasonable risk of harm to her.”

The complaint seeks damages between $100,000 and $200,000. Damages meant to compensate the father and daughter for past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, mental anguish, physical impairment and disfigurement are requested.

According to the complaint, G-Force is guilty of negligence for failing to warn customers of the dangers and hazards at the park and for failing to adequately train employees. The suit alleges exemplary damages, meant to punish the company and deter similar conduct in the future, are warranted because G-Force is guilty of gross negligence and of being consciously indifferent to the dangerous condition which led to the girl’s injury.

“The negligent acts and omission on the part of defendant and their agents, servants, and employees, as set forth previously, were more than momentary thoughtlessness, inadvertence, or error in judgment,” the complaint states.

The case is assigned to 202nd District Judge John Tidwell.

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