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Lawsuit: Boy, 4, must see doctor every 6 months until he’s 18 after trampoline park injury

A young boy will have to see an orthopedic specialist every six months until he’s 18 because of injuries he suffered at a trampoline park in Fort Worth, according to a lawsuit filed in Tarrant County District Court.

The injury happened on April 7, 2017 when the boy was 4-years-old, at Flight Deck Trampoline Park, at 7751 Scott St. near White Settlement.

The young boy was jumping on a trampoline when other jumpers who were larger than him joined on the same trampoline. According to the lawsuit, only one person is allowed to jump on a trampoline at a time and Flight Deck employees are supposed to blow a whistle when the rule is broken.

The other jumpers, the lawsuit says, were allowed to jump on the same trampoline as the 4-year-old, which caused a recoil effect. The boy was propelled into the air, which caused him to lose control of his body. His body was slammed back down on the trampoline and his right leg was severely injured, according to the lawsuit.

The boy, who was only identified in the lawsuit by his initials, received Salter-Harris fractures to the growth plate areas of both his tibia and fibula. He has had several surgeries, has to see a orthopedic specialist every six months until he’s an adult and is prohibited from playing sports, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit alleges that Flight Deck was negligent by failing to provide adequate supervision of minor children at the park and by failing to enforce the single occupancy rule. The family of the boy is suing for $1 million in damages.

A call and multiple emails to the law firm representing the boy — Prevost, Shaff, Mason & Carns, PLLC — were not immediately returned.

A representative for Flight Deck couldn’t immediately be reached, but the company has the waiver that participants have to sign listed online. It says, in part that by signing as an adult for a minor that they acknowledge participation in the park entails “known and unknown risks that are inherently dangerous and that can result in personal injury, including physical and emotional injury, paralysis, death or damage.”

Signing the waiver also means that the participant affirms they have insurance for medical expenses and says that Flight Deck won’t pay for any costs incurred by any injuries, including the injury of children.

The waiver states it also releases Flight Deck from all claims for personal injuries sought against them.

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Nichole Manna is an investigative reporter for the Star-Telegram. Before moving to Fort Worth in July 2018, she covered crime and breaking news in Tennessee, North Carolina, Nebraska and Kansas. She is a 2012 graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and grew up in Florida.
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