If you are considering a visit to one of the popular indoor trampoline parks that can be found across the nation but are concerned about their safety, the list of possible injuries you could incur would probably include a spinal cord injury. What you might not anticipate is that the injury would occur from climbing the facility’s stairs rather than from bouncing or flipping. Yet that is exactly what happened to Thien Nguyen when he visited the Urban Air Adventure Park in Austin, and now the severely injured man has filed a personal injury lawsuit against the park’s owners, accusing them of negligence and seeking more than $1 million in damages.
Mr. Nguyen’s spinal cord injury occurred on May 25th, when he visited the Urban Air Adventure Park in Austin, Texas that is owned by The Local Guys Cedar Park. According to the lawsuit he filed on July 10th against the company, he was inside the facility and climbing a set of stairs when he banged his head on a piece of equipment that was hung from the ceiling.
Lawsuit Details Spinal Cord Injury Suffered by Adventure Park Visitor
The lawsuit blames the owner of the adventure park for Mr. Nguyen’s spinal cord injury, calling their failure to provide a safe environment for visitors a case of negligence. “Defendant failed to ensure the facility was safe for customers and visitors,” the suit states. “The object struck and compressed the Plaintiff’s head causing Plaintiff severe injuries. Plaintiff suffered a spinal cord injury and even paralysis.”
The injury was far more than a bump in the head and has had long-lasting impacts beyond the spinal cord injury. Though the incident occurred in May, Mr. Nguyen is still hospitalized and has required two separate surgeries. Though he has been up and walking, he still needs help and has a long rehabilitation period ahead. His suit seeks compensation for past and future medical expenses, loss of earning capacity, mental anguish, disfigurement, impairment, and loss of household services, as well as punitive damages.