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Judge says plaintiff who broke leg at trampoline park should be provided site videos in course of discovery

State Court

By Nicholas Malfitano | Aug 8, 2019


PITTSBURGH – A plaintiff who allegedly suffered a broken leg through a “double jump” performed at a local indoor trampoline park has been granted a motion to compel further discovery in support of his case.

Per order of Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Judge Robert Colville on May 17, plaintiff Christopher Hickman’s motion to compel discovery was approved and Altimate Air Trampoline Park was ordered to provide all videos relating to previously produced incident reports and injuries arising from “double jumping” at defendant’s trampoline park within 60 days.

Otherwise, “appropriate sanctions” would be levied, according to Colville.

Hickman, of Wilmerding, first filed suit in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas on Nov. 27, 2017 versus Phoenix Trampoline Park Management, LLC (doing business as “Altimate Air Trampoline Park”), of North Versailles.

Latisha Flowers of Pittsburgh was later added as a defendant.

On Nov. 29, 2015, Hickman allegedly was a customer of the defendant’s trampoline park and claims there were no posted rules or regulations regarding “double jumping," or more than one person jumping on a trampoline at the same time. However, the suit said the establishment prohibits the practice and understands that permitting it creates a hazardous condition.

But due to there being no posted rules or regulations against “double jumping," Hickman, his girlfriend and her daughter entered a trampoline to all jump on it together, with facility staff looking on and not intervening (per relevant surveillance video, the suit said), breaching its duty, creating risk and constituting negligence.

After “double jumping” on the trampoline with his girlfriend and her daughter for a significant period of time, this action caused Hickman to land in a manner that immediately fractured his leg.

For negligence, the plaintiff is seeking damages in excess of $35,000, plus interest and costs, and for such other relief as the Court deems just and proper.

The plaintiff is represented by Timothy P. O’Brien and Alec B. Wright of the Law Offices of Timothy P. O’Brien, in Pittsburgh.

The defendants are represented by Jamie L. Lenzi of Cipriani & Werner, plus Robert B. Marcus, both in Pittsburgh.

Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas case GD-17-016026

From the Pennsylvania Record: Reach Courts Reporter Nicholas Malfitano at nick.malfitano@therecordinc.com

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