On Thursday, February 2nd, 30-year old Ty Thomasson broke his neck when he jumped off a trampoline and into a foam pit at Skypark Indoor Trampoline Park in Phoenix. According to reports, the man was seen motionless in the pit for a short period before someone called 911. When emergency responders arrived 4 minutes after the call was made, the man was not breathing and did not have a pulse. He was transported to a local hospital where he later died.
All Skypark guests are required to sign a liability waiver before jumping. This waiver warns patrons that their activities at the park could result in serious injury or death.
An eyewitness to the accident reported that Skypark had inattentive immature staff and that the facility did not appear to have an emergency plan. The eyewitness also reported that the victim’s friend called 911, not the park’s staff. There was an insinuation that help could have been administered faster.
There are at least 8 indoor trampoline facilities in the Phoenix area and few government regulations that they must follow. City and county officials inspect these facilities for fire hazards, structural safety, and sprinkler systems, but they do not inspect or regulate the trampolines. Arizona’s laws regarding amusement parks do not apply to trampolines or inflatable slides or bounce-houses.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that there were nearly 92,200 trampoline injuries in 2010 that required emergency room care. These injuries occurred at trampoline parks, private homes, and other locations.
In Arizona, there have been at least 3 lawsuits filed against local trampoline parks for negligence for injuries sustained by their patrons. It is unknown if Thomasson’s surviving family will file a lawsuit for wrongful death against Skypark. A wrongful death claim may be brought by the survivors of someone who has died due to another person’s actions. If Thomasson’s family sues for wrongful death, they will request the damages that he would have been able to collect from the park if the he had survived the accident. Arizona Revised Statutes §§ 12-611 – 12-613 govern wrongful death lawsuits.
If you have been injured at an indoor trampoline park or lost a loved one due to an incident at an indoor trampoline park, please contact the Phoenix personal injury lawyers at the personal injury law firm Oracle Law Group today.
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