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Missouri man gets $45M for paralysis from Knockerball

Court records showed 25-year-old Derek Hart was severely and permanently injured while playing at Knockerball Mid-MO in December 2016. (File)

A central Missouri man has been awarded nearly $45 million after a judge found a recreation business liable for injuries he suffered that left him quadriplegic for life.

Court records showed 25-year-old Derek Hart was severely and permanently injured while playing at Knockerball Mid-MO in December 2016.

The News Tribune reported that Knockerball, also widely known as "bubble soccer," allows players to participate in a high-contact game cushioned by an inflatable plastic bubble surrounding them. The franchise Hart was injured at opened at Capital Mall in November 2016.

A review of damages showed Hart has sustained nearly $20 million due to a fracture and spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed.

Hart has also filed a separate lawsuit regarding his injuries that is still pending in court.

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