(FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.) — A civil lawsuit filed against Fort Lauderdale, Florida claims that one of the three children injured in the Memorial Day beach bounce house incident suffered physical and mental trauma due to the city’s negligence.
Brian Greenwald, the attorney representing the injured 5-year-old, claims when she fell out of the bounce house, she hurt her wrist and suffered emotional distress, according to ABC News affiliate WPLG-TV.
Greenwald’s notice says the city acted with gross negligence by allowing the girl to enter the bounce house, according to WPLG.
Greenwald did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.
After a waterspout came ashore on the Florida beach on Monday, it hit an inflated bouncy castle, tossing it into the air and injuring three children.
Video provided to ABC News by Brandon Burchett shows the swirling column of wind and ocean water head straight towards the amusement ride. The bouncy castle then got caught in the wind and flipped over repeatedly before it was swept even further up in the air.
The Fort Lauderdale Police Department said three children were injured. One was held overnight for observation and two were treated for minor fractures and released, police said.
Fort Lauderdale Mayor John Seiler called the incident “a freak act of nature that no one could have prepared for or predicted.”
Seiler said in a statement: “The change in weather was sudden and severe. An intense waterspout came ashore rapidly and without warning, bringing forceful winds that meteorologists have estimated were between 65 and 85 miles per hour. Its powerful unpredictable path knocked down street lights and destroyed a cement basketball support structure.”
The city said it has already put the bounce house vendor, All Star Events, on notice of their responsibility as “we continue to investigate the incident.”
All Star Events may also face legal action on behalf of an 11-year-old boy injured in the bounce house. According to WPLG, a notice sent Tuesday from the law firm of Cohen and Cohen said the city and the event company acted in a negligent manner.
The city and the event company are expected to respond within 30 days or face legal action, WPLG reports.
All Star Events said in a statement: “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families affected by this freak occurrence. We are glad to learn that there were no serious injuries and that the three children affected have already been released from the hospital. We were as surprised as anyone by the events occurring yesterday during Memorial Day festivities on Ft. Lauderdale Beach. It still seems difficult to comprehend how merely yards away blankets and tables were left undisturbed. With safety as our top priority we are cooperating with the City and law enforcement to see what, if anything, might be done to prevent such an incident in the future.”
Cohen and Cohen did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.
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