Survivors of Tasmania’s bouncy castle tragedy hire law firm to prepare compensation case


At the time of the tragedy, Tasmania Police said they would investigate whether the bouncy castle was attached when the gust of wind hit.

The Tasmanian Magistrates’ Court Coronary Division said in a statement this month that Coroner Olivia McTaggart had received evidence from the police inquest, while the court was due to receive evidence from a WorkSafe inquest.

The tribunal will then also consider retaining competent experts in the meteorological, technical and scientific fields, according to the press release.

McTaggart said she prioritizes planning for the investigation as soon as reasonably possible.


“It is hoped that all evidence, including all necessary expert opinions, will be received in the coming months,” the court said.

“Unfortunately, it is very difficult to provide specific timelines for the completion of the investigation.”

Goudkamp said questions remained about whether the bouncy castle was attached and whether schoolchildren should have been allowed to use the zorb balls. He is preparing the case now because he said the claim for damages could be long, but does not plan to pursue it until the coroner makes his findings.

“We anticipate there will be a case depending on what the coroner finds,” he said.

“Then it’s a matter of will, or to what extent should children and family members who have lost children be compensated under the common law for pain and suffering.”

The law firm is reaching out to interview witnesses, including workers who were on the roof of the school at the time, and have engaged the Tasmanian Department of Education.

Goudkamp said he had also been in contact with the insurance company acting for Launceston-based bouncy castle operator Taz-Zorb. age has contacted Taz-Zorb for comment.

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