Sky Zone lawsuit: Parents suing after child breaks leg
PENSACOLA, Fla. (WEAR) —
A Pensacola trampoline park is facing a lawsuit. The complaint claims the owner and employees of Sky Zone have failed to keep their guests safe.
The lawsuit stems from a broken leg suffered by a 10-year-old boy at the beginning of the year.
The family of Callaghan Williams is seeking more than $15,000.
Artice McGraw, attorney at Artice L. McGraw Law Firm, is Callaghan's uncle. He is representing his nephew in this case.
McGraw said this isn't the first time someone has been hurt at the trampoline park. He wants to see changes with hopes this doesn't happen again.
"As we started the research we discovered an alarming rate of injuries to young people," McGraw said.
For instance, a picture taken of Callaghan moments after the injury shows the boy lying in a pool of blood after suffering a compound fracture to his leg.
The graphic image is at the center of the lawsuit against Sky Zone.
On Jan. 3, Callaghan went to the trampoline park.
He was jumping in the "Ultimate Dodge Ball" stadium when a much larger person double bounced the trampoline he was standing on.
McGraw stated, "The simple laws of physics would indicate you shouldn't have a small child bouncing on the same square for example as an adult. A 150, 160-pound man."
Callaghan was hurt and has had multiple surgeries.
"When you injure the children of that age, children that age are injured, their bones are fragile. Then, it takes them out of their life activities for at least a year. Perhaps longer and it may have permanent results," McGraw said.
He claims Sky Zone was negligent by failing to supervise and maintain the park.
"Our case suggested that there were not rules or regulations in place to protect the patrons in general and in particular our client," McGraw said.
The lawsuit claims employees and guests were not warned of the dangers associated with double bouncing.
In addition, it claims employees at the park weren't trained properly.
McGraw said they allowed multiple people to jump on the trampoline at the same time, which is against Sky Zone's rules.
He stated Sky Zone ignored the safety and welfare of his client.
He wants to make sure trampoline parks follow guidelines to protect others.
"You have to have standards in order to prevent injuries to your patrons," McGraw said. "We feel that there are these standards, if any, are self-imposed by the trampoline industry. They're not regulated by state and federal government or other agencies as other entities are like swimming pools, and skate parks and carnivals and this sort of thing."
Anyone who goes to Sky Zone to jump around is required to sign a waiver.
McGraw believes he has a case despite that.
The owners of the Sky Zone sent WEAR a statement:
The safety of our guests is our top priority. We are currently investigating this claim and are unable to comment further at this time.