The family of a Brainerd father paralyzed in an accident at a trampoline park is suing so it doesn't happen again.
Anthony Seitz, 39, was out with his 11-year-old son Logan at the Airmaxx Trampoline Park in St. Cloud last August when he jumped from a trampoline into a foam pit.
According to his GoFundMe page, Seitz struck the ground beneath the pit, landing on his neck that led to him being paralyzed from the neck down. He now requires ongoing medical care.
WCCO reports the Seitz family is now suing the trampoline park, filing a suit in Stearns County this week which contends the foam pit was not deep enough and as a result Airmaxx did not do enough to protect Seitz.
"It’s not safe, it’s not deep enough, it’s not regulated and they’re making money off of it," attorney L. Chris Stewart told the TV station.
The family is represented by Atlanta-based Stewart, Seay & Felton, which has represented a handful of other clients across the country who have experienced similar injuries in trampoline parks, WCCO says.
Seitz's son told FOX 9 he witnessed the accident, saying: "We were waiting for minutes and he didn't come up. We started digging in the foam, we found him and he was saying he couldn't move."
In a statement given to the TV station, Airmaxx extended "condolences" to Seitz, but says he signed a waiver of liability before entering the trampoline park. It also contends the facility is "well run and safe" and says users are "instructed not to exceed their capabilities."
According to the St. Cloud Times, Seitz's attorneys say the Minnesota legislature has passed laws that lead to people unknowingly waiving their legal rights.