When Sarah Cranfield and her partner embarked on a family holiday, they imagined themselves enjoying the Gold Coast’s scenic beaches and not the inside of its hospitals.
Instead, Ms Cranfield was left requiring surgery after her partner jumped too close to her on an inflatable trampoline at The Gold Coast Holiday Park in Helensvale in September 2012.
Following the incident Ms Cranfield lodged a claim with the Brisbane Supreme Court in February this year, alleging the holiday park acted negligently in failing to adequately supervise the trampoline and failing to instruct Cranfield on its safe and proper use.
In documents lodged with the Supreme Court, Ms Cranfield claims she sustained, ‘major and debilitating disabilities’, having fractured her leg and foot in the incident.
The lawsuit claims the ongoing physical and psychological trauma now renders her unable to continue her study to become a registered nurse. Accordingly, she claims for severe impairment to her future earning capacity, the cost of care and for medical expenses.
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The lawsuit comes after a fatality in Toowoomba and a spate from 2015 of other injuries at Queensland trampoline parks. It has prompted concerns over trampoline park safety, with calls for those involved to be held accountable. Whilst the outcome of the case may not be known for at least 12 months, a win for Ms Cranfield may expose further negligence claims over trampoline park injuries.
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