Paralyzed youth football coach in Fulton County files lawsuit

A youth football coach has filed a lawsuit against a Peachtree City “adventure” company over a trampoline accident that left him paralyzed.

Jonathan Magwood, 28, broke his neck three weeks before Christmas at Rockbridge Adventures after doing a flip from a trampoline into a foam pit.

“He doesn’t have any movement in the lower part of his body,” the coach’s mom, Mallory Magwood, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Wednesday. “There is no movement below his shoulders.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Fayette Superior Court contends the company improperly installed the foam pit, allowing Magwood to hit the ground.

“His neck actually made contact with the ground,” said Chris Stewart, Magwood’s lawyer. “Trampoline parks and foam fits have no regulations or rules in Georgia or nationally. “They have nonenforceable industry standards but if you are the owner of a trampoline park you don’t have to follow that if you don’t want too.”

Attempts to reach Charles Cofer, Rockbridge owner or company manager, Mark Phillips Ayers, for comment were unsuccessful.

Magwood, of College Park, had brought his youth football team, the Union City Eagles, to Rockbridge Adventures Dec. 3 to celebrate the end of their season. Magwood, who worked in inter-modal services at CSX railroad, was passionate about coaching the 10-year-old players, his family said.

Magwood has been undergoing rehabilitation at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, but he will be going home soon, Stewart said. He will need his house remodeled and family vehicles reconfigured to accommodate his special needs, Stewart said.

The lawsuit asks for his unspecified lifetime of earnings, future medical and attorney fees and other other associated costs such as pain, suffering and mental anguish.

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