Man Suffers Fatal Spinal Cord Injury at Amusement Park

February 8, 2012

A Phoenix, Arizona man has suffered a fatal spinal cord injury at an indoor trampoline amusement park, according to justicenewsflash.com. The accident occurred Thursday last week at Skypark, a local recreational facility.

The victim's name was Ty Thomasson, age 30, who was with a group of friends when the accident happened. Apparently, Mr. Thomasson was injured when he dove into a foam pit at the indoor trampoline complex. It is not yet clear how exactly Mr. Thomasson dove into the pit, but the fact remains that he broke his neck. Emergency crews responding to the scene said he was not breathing and did not have a pulse when they arrived. Mr. Thomasson was rushed to the hospital and succumbed to his injury on Sunday, February 5.

While the investigation of this event is still ongoing, it is worthwhile to note that this may also be a case of product liability for which the manufacturer of the trampoline and/or foam may be liable. For example, if it is shown that those using the trampoline believed (as well as Mr. Thomasson) that the foam in the pit made it safe to dive into the pit and there were no signs indicating that such was not the case, both the park and the manufacturer of the trampoline may be held liable for Mr. Thomasson's wrongful death.

Park Responsible for Patron's Safety

Amusement parks are responsible for their rides and apparatus functioning correctly. For example, under Florida Law, amusement parks are responsible for the safety of their patrons and must comply with the same general laws applicable to all other businesses. They have a duty to maintain their facilities in a reasonably safe condition, they have a duty to correct dangerous conditions and they also have a duty to warn patrons of known dangerous conditions.

Local, state and federal governments have developed additional rules designed to help keep amusement parks safe for patrons. For example, some of these rules regulate the parks' maintenance schedules and provide for safety inspections. Some other rules enforce height and weight limits on rides. There are also specific language requirements for warning signs intended to advise patrons of hazards and strict training standards for ride operators.

Greenberg, Stone & Urbano Can Help

With more than 60 years of combined experience, the lawyers at Greenberg and Stone, P.A. are ready to handle amusement park accident cases against theme parks of all sizes, from the local county fairs to the largest theme parks in the nation, including those owned and operated by Disney, Universal Studios, Busch Gardens or elsewhere in the nation. Our firm successfully handled a large injury claim against the Miami-Dade County Youth Fair and the owner of the Gravitron ride that caused the injury when it failed. To learn more about our past cases against amusement parks, please visit the Notable Cases section of our website.

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If you or a loved one have suffered a serious injury as a result of an accident at an amusement park, you should immediately contact a law firm experienced in handling these cases. The Miami Dade County Amusement Park Injury Law Offices of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano have throughout the years represented many clients involved in serious theme park injuries, including traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries. Visit our website to learn more about our firm and contact us today for a free consultation.