Family sues indoor trampoline park after 17-year-old suffers serious head injury


by Rekha Muddaraj / KHOU 11 News

Posted on February 17, 2014 at 9:44 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 18 at 1:09 PM

HOUSTON --A family is suing the owners of Cosmic Jump, an indoor trampoline business, after their 17-year-old son suffered a serious injury that has changed his life.

Traci Menchaca says the accident happened last summer at the northwest Harris County facility.

According to the lawsuit, it happened on a trampoline slide.

“Somewhere near the base of this slide, as Max’s body weight came down, a tear or a rip allowed him to fall through,” said Charlie Gustin, the family’s attorney.

Gustin says Max fell around five feet and hit his head on the concrete floor below. He was rushed to the medical center with a traumatic head injury and his brain was bleeding.

“I thought it was a car accident, it never occurred to me that something could happen at a trampoline facility that could cause that kind of an injury,” said Menchaca.

She says the accident has turned her family’s life upside down.

Max has to undergo physical and speech therapy, a major change for this teen who was once an honors student.

“He enjoyed hanging out with his friends, he was on the golf team, an avid fisherman,” Menchaca said.

A representative with Cosmic Jump told KHOU the company couldn’t comment on the lawsuit at this time, but says safety is top priority.

But Menchaca is not convinced.

“The best that they could do couldn’t keep my son out of the Memorial ER that day,” said Menchaca. “Their best failed him.”