Thursday, August 26, 2010
A lawsuit filed Thursday in Sedgwick County district court claims Pure Entertainment and their operators are at fault for the death of a 5-year-old boy.
Just as Pure Entertainment, a west Wichita amusement business, is gearing up to reopen next Wednesday on September 1st, a lawsuit is filed by the family of Matthew Branham. Branham was killed while playing on an inflatable at the business in March.
The inflatable, King of the Hill, was one of several in use at the company when Branham was playing there with his family and friends. The play turned deadly for him.
Todd Shadid, the attorney representing the boy's mother, claims in the lawsuit that the operators of Pure Entertainment were using the inflatable in a way that it was not designed to be used. Shadid says the ride was meant for children 8-years-old or older, not for a five-year-old. He says that although there are cushions on the inflatable to catch children sliding down the sides, those are not far enough out to catch someone flying off the ride by the force of velocity.
The city closed the business for several months saying the inflatables had not been properly inspected, but the owner denied that. His son, Jesse Zogleman says Pure Entertainment is not yet prepared to respond to the suit until their lawyer has had a chance to review the filing.
The suit seeks damages for wrongful death, reimbursement for expenses, pain and suffering, as well as civil penalties under the Kansas Consumer Protection Act.