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Parents of Brain-Injured Teen File Lawsuit Against Houston Trampoline Park

HOUSTON, TX -- (Marketwired) -- 02/19/14 -- A lawsuit was filed today by the parents of a Houston teenager who suffered seizures and a traumatic brain injury after falling through a torn trampoline canvas at a local trampoline park last June. Mike and Traci Menchaca sued National Trampoline Entertainment Centers and National Trampoline Entertainment Dallas, II, D/B/A "Cosmic Jump" in Harris County District Court, seeking damages to include the teen's past and future medical expenses, as well as his loss of future earning capacity. "Unfortunately, these types of serious injuries at trampoline parks are becoming more common," noted the family's attorney, Charlie Gustin, "an afternoon of fun can lead to a lifelong injury."

Max Menchaca's injuries occurred when he fell into an unprotected area underneath the trampoline platform at the Cosmic Jump located on Jones Road. The parents allege in their lawsuit that Max's injuries were directly caused by Cosmic Jump negligently allowing dangerous conditions to exist on their premises. The lawsuit also alleges that Cosmic Jump either knew or should have known about the dangerous conditions that caused the injuries. "In Max's case, we expect the evidence to show that Cosmic Jump failed to live up to its duty to provide customers with a safe environment," stated Gustin.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 2012 saw over 94,900 hospital emergency room visits for injuries associated with trampolines. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends avoiding recreational trampoline use altogether, noting the relatively high potential for serious injury.

By filing the lawsuit, the family wants to make trampoline parks safer. "Hopefully, this lawsuit will spread awareness of the dangers surrounding trampoline parks and help prevent more children and teens from suffering these types of serious injuries," Gustin said.

Several states, including Arizona, Michigan, Utah, and California have proposed new regulations to promote greater safety and accountability by trampoline parks. Similar measures have not yet been proposed in Texas.

Crosley Law Firm, P.C., is a personal injury law firm with offices in Houston, San Antonio and Edinburg. Learn more about the firm at www.crosleylaw.com.

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