Owners of entertainment centers have a responsibility to provide entertainment in a way that does not pose personal injury hazards to the facilities' visitors. When people visit entertainment or amusement centers, they are often required to sign liability waivers to protect the property owners or operators from lawsuits. Texas residents may be interested to learn that such documents may not prevent them from taking legal actions. In one such incident, a Texas woman recently suffered life-changing spinal cord injuries that have resulted in paralysis.
According to reports, a young mother and her family went to a trampoline park for a day of fun. However, while jumping on a trampoline, she landed on her neck and suffered severe spinal cord injuries. She stated that she felt a tingling sensation, but was unable to move immediately after the incident. Paramedics were called, and she was rushed to the hospital where surgical procedures were done that involved removing broken shards of vertebrae, along with the installation of protective titanium plates in the front and the back of her spinal cord.
The injured woman's husband claims that the design and layout of the facility made the place unsafe, as he got the impression that the owners wanted the maximum number of paying guests in the facility at all times. The woman's legal counsel stated that the incident is being investigated to determine whether the company was responsible for the woman's injuries in any way. The attorney also explained that the liability waivers used by these types of businesses typically do not exclude the businesses from being responsible in cases of gross negligence or when unknown hazards are present.
The injured woman's condition has improved somewhat and now, almost a month after the accident, she has recovered limited movement in her arms. Texas residents who have suffered spinal cord injuries, whether they led to paralysis or not, as the result of the negligence of other parties may want to retain the services of an experienced personal injury attorney to protect their legal rights. Such a professional will launch a thorough investigation to determine if negligence was a factor and pursue recovery of all losses brought about by the incident.
Source: kvue.com, "Mom's life forever changed in trampoline park accident", Tanya Eiserer, Dec. 19, 2014