injured gymnastics coach awarded $25.5 million

This is the first I’ve heard of this catastrophic injury.

A Jacksonville jury awarded a former gymnastics coach $25.5 million today for injuries he suffered at an Atlantic Boulevard gym that left him a quadriplegic.

The bulk of the award is for medical expenses required by Shane Downey, 32, who was injured on a piece of tumbling equipment in 2000, said his attorney, Mitch Woodlief.

Jurors found North Florida Gymnastics and Cheerleading 100 percent negligent for not supervising Downey on the equipment. Downey, who now lives in Texas, fell and broke his neck.

I’m suspicious of the American legal system. Not knowing any of the details, I’m still wondering how the coach can be 0% responsible. Leave a comment if you know anything of this incident.

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Rick Mc

Career gymnastics coach who loves the outdoors, and the internet.

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