(CHICAGO, IL)– The parents of an 8-year-old boy who was severely injured after jumping from a 24-foot climbing wall have filed suit against the establishment.
According to the report, the family from Grand Rapids, Michigan, took their three children to Navy Pier in July to enjoy the kid-friendly attractions which, including the climbing wall.
When it was the 8-year-old’s turn, the attendant allegedly put the safety harness on the child but reportedly did not attach the harness to the safety rope.
The child then climbed up the wall to the top before jumping down after striking the buzzer.
Because the child was not secured to the safety rope, he fell 24 feet to the concrete below.
The child was rushed to a hospital where he was treated for severe injuries and has since had four surgeries.
According to the family, the child was left in a wheelchair for months and now has to use a cane to walk.
The family has since filed 10 lawsuits against the Navy Pier, Spectrum Sports, and two employees who operated the climbing wall.
The suit alleges that the workers did not properly secure the boy to the climbing wall, nor did they offer immediate assistance when the boy was injured, and that the concrete pavement below the climbing wall is against recommendations from the federal government.
When reporters reached out to the Navy Pier about the lawsuit they were told that they Pier they were unaware of it:
“We have not seen a lawsuit. It is our standard practice not to comment on litigation.“