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Gymnastics center sued by parents of girl who allegedly fell using parallel bars


By Philip Gonzales | Feb 18, 2019


MEDIA — Parents and their daughter are suing Garnet Valley Gymnastics, a facility operator, citing alleged negligence.

Melanie and Ryan Fillian, individually and as guardians of A.F., a minor, filed a complaint on Feb. 7 in the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas against Garnet Valley Gymnastics, alleging the facility operator breached its duty to keep its invitees safe from harm.

According to the complaint, on Oct. 5, 2018, Melanie Fillian brought her minor daughter, A.F., to defendant's facility for a supervised gymnastics practice. 

Allegedly, A.F. fell while using the parallel bars and she sustained severe and permanent injuries to her arm that required emergency surgery. The plaintiffs hold Garnet Valley Gymnastics responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to hire adequately trained instructors, subjected young children to high-risk training equipment and exercise unsupervised and without a spotter, refused to call 911, and advised Melanie Fillian not to take A.F. to a hospital.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment against defendant for an amount in excess of $50,000, with punitive damages and costs. They are represented by Francis Curran Jr., Ryan Curran and Michael Pileggi of The Curran Firm in Media.

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Delaware County Court of Common PleasGarnet Valley GymnasticsThe Curran Firm PC