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There are more than 1 million trampolines in use in homes and recreational facilities across America. Unfortunately, compared with other types of children’s toys, the rate of trampoline-related injury is significantly higher when evaluated on a time-use basis.
The most dangerous part of the home?
The number of children sustaining an injury on a trampoline has been increasing every year over the past decade. In 2009, trampoline-related injuries accounted for almost 100,000 trips to the emergency room. Children under 15 years old made up the largest contingent, accounting for 82% of the injuries.
Many trampoline injuries are attributable to:
- Too many people using a trampoline at one time and colliding into one another
- Improperly assembled trampolines
- Missing protective devices
- Falling from the trampoline platform
- Lack of instruction or supervision
Fractures accounted for almost 50% of the injures on trampolines. Most concerning is the fact that 12% of the injuries were related to the spinal cord, where a person who sustains a disabling injury may permanently lose complete or partial use of their arms or legs (quadriplegia or paraplegia).
Tips To Improve Trampoline Safety
In order to minimize the chance of injury, experts suggest the following:
- Use only with adult supervision.
- Only allow one person on the trampoline at a time.
- Never allow children under 6 years old to use the trampoline.
- Jump in the center of the trampoline — only.
- Only use the trampoline for jumps — don’t do any flips, splits or somersaults.
- Keep a fence around the trampoline to prevent children from accessing the trampoline without adult supervision.
- Repair or discard the trampoline when parts become corroded or are missing.
Legal claims for injuries sustained on trampolines
Many trampoline injuries occur at a friend’s home, camp or recreational facility covered under a liability insurance policy to cover related medical expenses and resulting disability.
Should your child sustain an injury on a trampoline, you likely will have questions about the responsibility of the property owner. Talk with Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers before you discuss the incident with any representative from an insurance company to ensure that your legal rights aren’t compromised.
What type of damages can a person recover for a trampoline injury?
When a trampoline park or homeowner’s negligence is responsible for causing an injury on a trampoline or other recreational equipment, the injured party may present a claim against the insurer or file a lawsuit in court for both their (or their child’s) economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages would be any monetary expense related to their medical care or lost wages. Non-econcomic damages refers to intangible losses such as pain, disfigurement and the inability to do particular enjoyable tasks. An accident lawyer with experience litigating injuries related to trampoline accidents can make sure your case is presented in a way to maximize the value of the case.
Trampoline Accident Lawyers
Selecting an attorney to represent you in a personal injury case is an important decision that it likely to have a direct impact on the outcome of your case. Before you hire an attorney– for any type of personal injury case– ask about their experience handling cases similar to yours!
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers has experience litigating and settling trampoline accident cases involving adults and children who have sustained serious injuries in all types of settings including:
- Backyard trampolines
- Trampoline parks
- Athletic facilities