Mired in lawsuits, trampoline park files for bankruptcy

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BELLEVUE, Wash. -- After fighting lawsuits over broken bones and other injuries, a local trampoline park is now fighting creditors in bankruptcy court.

Bellevue's Sky High Sports filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this week. The company says it owns various creditors hundreds of thousands of dollars and is asking the courts for bankruptcy protection to reorganize.

The indoor trampoline park has fought dozens of lawsuits from people who've been injured and claimed the company was negligent.

"Nothing's going to change from a business standpoint. -- great customer service, everything like that. Nothing's going to change with that," said Sky High employee Josh Gallant.

Attorney Sim Osborn represents about 20 families who filed suit against the company.

"You can't offer great customer service with a product that continues to injure small children," Osborn said. "We have people who have broken their legs in eight-to-nine places. We have a broke hip. We have young man who is so very luck to be alive. He broke his neck at C1 and C2."

An X-ray shows the pin doctors inserted in that teenager's neck to repair his broken neck.

"I think a lot of people are not aware of the danger," Osborn said.

A number of those lawsuits have already been settled, and this week's filing does not affect those clients getting paid because Sky High's insurance company paid those claims.

The filing does, however, affect lawsuits that are still pending.

The company's attorney issued a statement saying it's restructuring its finances and insurance requirements. Court documents show the company currently owes more than $250,000 to insurance companies.

"The more important thing is will they will be able to get insurance or will they keep paying their insurance?" Osborn said.