A Texas jury recently released a verdict for a 2010 case of a 9-year-old boy who suffered serious injuries at Pump It Up, an indoor inflatable playground. The Thundyil family was awarded $1.3 million in damages for their son’s injuries that occurred at the Pump It Up located at 536 Sawdust Road near the Woodlands.
According to Kimberly Thundyil, her son was sitting on part of the inflatable equipment about 7 feet from the ground when he fell off, striking his head on the carpeted concrete floor below. The lawsuit from the Thundyil family claims that part of the inflatable where their son was playing was not supposed to be played on but there were no barriers or safety monitor to keep children out of the area.
Thundyil’s son suffered a fractured skull and internal bleeding in three places on the brain. She now claims he suffers from a stutter, memory issues, and other mental and emotional ailments due to the injury.
In cases such as these, where a child is injured on playground equipment, the family of the victim has the right to hold the playground center accountable for neglecting to provide adequate security at unsafe areas.
In premises liability lawsuits such as these, evidence that a hazard existed and was not addressed in a timely manner is critical to proving the property owner was at fault for the resulting damages. Witness testimony, photographs, and video surveillance is helpful in showing evidence of negligence.
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