Max Menchaca fell through a torn trampoline and fractured his skull at Houston’s Cosmic Jump indoor trampoline park in 2013.
The plaintiff’s lawyers asserted that the employees at the indoor trampoline park were aware of the torn trampoline but didn’t warn customers or get the trampoline fixed before Menchaca fell.
This incident occurred when Menchaca was 16 years old and has since been able to complete high school and now attends Sam Houston State University; however, continues to have trouble with abstract reasoning and balance.
The NY Daily News reports that he was awarded $5.5 million in compensatory damages based on his possible future medical needs and loss of earnings capacity. Another $6 million was awarded in punitive damages.
This verdict is believed to be the largest against a commercial trampoline park in the United States.
The plaintiff’s attorney claims that the awarded damages are meant to send a message to the trampoline park industry about concerns over the safety of trampolines.
Max’s mother, Trachi Menchaca, was happy the jury took care of Max in this decision because it will send a strong message to trampoline parks.