Preventable Incident? Mattew Lu Tragically Killed in Gastonia, NC Trampoline Park Accident.

12-Year-Old Boy Fatally Injured in Gastonia Rock Wall Climbing Accident.

12-Year-Old Boy Fatally Injured in Gastonia Rock Wall Climbing Accident. (

Did safety negligence contribute to the tragic loss of a young boy and are justice and compensation available to his family?

Gastonia News

A 12-year-old boy has tragically died after falling from a climbing feature at a trampoline park in Gaston County, North Carolina Wednesday night, June 19, 2019, according to is reporting, “[t]he accident occurred…as the child was climbing a rock wall at [a] Trampoline Park located at 3940 E Franklin Blvd. in Gastonia.”  Per the report, “[a]ccording to the 911 call log with Gaston County…the child was breathing abnormally after falling about 15 feet from the wall.”  The boy was rushed to Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, but was sadly unable to revover from his injuries. has identified the young child as “Matthew Lu.”

“There are several states that regulate trampoline parks or have proposed such action, but North Carolina is not one of them,” according to is reporting, “according to the NC Department of Labor, trampoline parks are excluded from the Amusement Device Safety Act and therefore are not regulated by the NCDOL, Elevator and Amusement Device Bureau.”

The investigation is ongoing according to the media outlets.

Our Legal Take

Entertainment complex patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of safety provided on the property and whether this tragedy may have been prevented.

  • Have there been prior injuries on the property?
  • Was the victim secured in a climbing harness and, if so, was it properly secured prior to the accident
  • Was there a sufficiently padded mat at the base of the climbing wall?
  • Was there a medical emergency protocol in place and, if so, was it followed by employees?
  • What inspection protocol does the establishment have for its entertainment features?

Generally, property owners are required to protect all those legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that the business owner or management failed to provide adequate safety and procedures to protect those on its premises, the family of the young Mattew Lu may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for their loss.  

Based upon its prior successful experience in handling safety negligence claims on behalf of victims and their families, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a thorough, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed immediately, before any evidence may be repaired, damaged or destroyed. Given the complexities of pursuing a negligent safety case, it is imperative that the victim’s family retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.


The Murray Law Firm has an extensive and successful record representing victims of safety negligence, including at entertainment complexes that cater to families and young children.  We have obtained over $100 Million in verdicts and settlements for our Clients, including a $29.25 million dollar verdict for a victim of an unsafe property. We offer our legal assistance, if desired.

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