Chicago Board of Education Finally Pays Student Made Quadriplegic by Trampoline Accident in 1992


Ryan Murray was an 8th grader at Bryn Mawr School (now the Bouchet Academy) back in 1992, when it became his turn to try a flip on the trampoline. It was all part of a tumbling class put on there at Bryn Mawr by the Chicago Youth Centers organization. But then the accident happened, there on the trampoline while Ryan was doing his flip. Ryan was permanently injured that 1992.

Now, EIGHTEEN years later, the defendants — Chicago Board of Education and the Chicago Youth Centers – have finally given up their legal fight to avoid responsibility for this boy, who remains paralyzed and is now 30 years old.

In this day of public cries for tort reform, let’s remember this case. Does anyone really think that Ryan Murray’s case would have settled now, after all these years of fighting, if those defendants didn’t have the threat of a unencumbered, no-limits jury award in their face?

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