National Trial Lawyers member Christopher L. Marlowe, of The Haggard Law Firm in Coral Gables, Florida, has secured a $1.8 million settlement in a personal injury lawsuit against an undisclosed Miami organization on behalf of a minor whose skull was fractured while playing in an outdoor inflatable device in 2016.
Marlowe reports that the minor, whose father filed suit, suffered a depressed skull fracture. The traumatic brain injury required an emergency craniotomy and left the minor with permanent cognitive and behavioral defects.
Marlowe says the child was playing inside an inflatable device that had been rented for an event at the home of one of the defendant organization’s members. An older, larger child attempted to do an acrobatic maneuver inside the inflatable, hitting the victim in the head with the heel of the foot. The minor suffered a depressed skull fracture, a traumatic brain injury that required an emergency craniotomy. The traumatic brain injury left the minor with permanent cognitive and behavioral deficits.
The device had been delivered by the organization without instructions or warnings about the proper use of the inflatable. The case was settled in the 11th Judicial Circuit of Miami-Dade County in 2017.