For decades, trampolines have provided many hours of exercise and fun for children and adults. Even so, the gymnastic and backyard trampoline equipment can be extremely dangerous, causing accidents that sometimes lead to emergency room visits, and lifelong medical issues. Every year, a significant number of injuries ranging from broken bones and minor cuts to severe spinal cord injuries have been the result of using a trampoline.
Many doctors and associations discourage the use of recreational trampoline equipment because of its close ties to catastrophic injury. Using the trampoline properly might not result in injury. However, most users are unaware of how to properly use a trampoline, including the crucial fact that only one person should use the equipment at a time. This is because multiple users on the trampoline at the same time add forces generated by heavier individuals. Multiple jumpers cause “double bouncing” or “double jumping” placing extreme pressure on every individual’s spinal cord that can lead to injuries or fracture.
Lack of Supervision
Lack of supervision and improper training often leads to an unsafe environment when children and adults use trampolines. Without proper guidelines, it is easy for any user to become injured, where the trauma is not felt for days after the experience.
In addition, many gyms and other facilities that promote trampoline use for fun and health lack supervision or have improperly trained staff just as unfamiliar with the equipment as the consumer. These facilities often have equipment that is rarely inspected, or were defective trampolines are not replaced, causing an unsafe and uncontrolled environment.
Trampoline manufacturers and retail establishments that sell the equipment have long been held liable for injuries caused to users. Cases involving trampoline injuries mainly focus on the insufficient warnings and inadequate instructions. Typically, recovery from injuries is usually highly dependent on the level of medical care and treatments, which often comes at a high price.
Anytime an injury on a trampoline happens on another’s property, two specific questions must be answered including who was negligent, and did the injured trampoline user assume the risk of being injured?
Many trampoline owners can be found financially liable when they do not have the injured person assume any of the risks involved in using the equipment. A strong claim for financial recompense is usually founded on three basic factors that include:
- Was the trampoline equipment maintained properly?
- Was the trampoline equipment used without proper supervision?
- Was the trampling equipment reasonably protected from any unauthorized use?
Attorneys that file suit against trampoline manufacturers and equipment owners are often successful because they can prove there were inadequate instructions and warnings. In addition, they may be able to prove that the injured party lacked the experience and knowledge of how to use the trampoline properly, finding others responsible for negligence in allowing equipment to be used.
Trampoline safety begins by keeping the equipment in an enclosed area, like a fenced yard. This prevents neighborhood children from unauthorized use of the equipment outside of the homeowner’s knowledge. In addition, tackling supervisory issues can minimize the potential of injury.
This means only allowing one individual to use trampoline equipment at a time. In addition, flips and somersaults should not be allowed due to the potential of developing permit spinal injuries. If the trampling equipment was recently moved, it should be inspected to ensure it is on level ground before being used.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC handle a variety of personal injury cases including trampoline injuries (learn more here). The skilled attorneys can determine the cause of any recreational trampoline accident to determine if negligence or gross negligence is involved. Even in cases where the user signed a waiver of release of liability, it is often possible to challenge its validity in court, to provide financial recompense to the injured party.
When an attorney aggressively attacks unfair or ambiguous waivers of liability release, the injured individual can often obtain enough financial compensation to cover extensive medical bills and past/future lost wages, along with funds for pain, suffering and emotional distress.