CEO awarded $750k for trampoline foot injury

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A CEO was awarded nearly $750,000 in damages after injuring his foot while trampolining on Christmas Day.

Phill Forostenko, 41, managing director of massage gun manufacturer Beartrap, successfully sued Springfree Trampoline in the Queensland Supreme Court last week after breaking his foot while trampolining in his sister’s garden.

The injury, a fracture of his fifth metatarsal bone, is commonly known as a “dancer’s fracture.”

Mr. Forostenko sought damages of approximately $3.92 million, but the court ruled that he was entitled to compensation of $744,175.

Judge Melanie Hindman ruled that Mr Forostenko suffered his injury due to a “safety defect” that caused him to land on a hard “cleat” under the mat at the edge of the trampoline.

And this despite the trampoline being advertised with slogans such as “No springs” and “Jump safely to the edge”.

“A clear and visible warning at the entrance to the trampoline could have quickly alerted users that the studs on the edge of the mat could increase the risk of twisting an ankle and therefore injury when landing,” Judge Hindman said in her decision.

The court heard that Mr Forostenko – who is also a physiotherapist – was an “experienced and enthusiastic user and owner of trampolines”.

Because of his injury, Mr. Forostenko had to undergo surgery involving the insertion of plates and screws.

The court heard that the father of two was still in pain after the injury and was a “different person”.

“The plaintiff is clearly a man whose identity is strongly tied to his physical performance,” Judge Hindman said in her decision.

“He realizes that his business success also depends on his physical performance.”

On its website, Springfree Trampolines advertises its products as “Australia’s safest high-end trampolines”.

The company did not respond to news.com.au’s request for comment.

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