Many of us have fond childhood memories of hours spent jumping on a trampoline, perhaps at a neighbor’s house or even your own backyard. Now, their increased popularity has fueled a massive recreational industry. While the rise of trampoline parks may seem like a positive response to this demand, the unfortunate reality is a surge of emergency room visits. Trampoline parks have a duty to protect their patrons, and those responsible for any negligence must be taken to task.
According to the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, trampoline injuries requiring emergency care have soared to 100,000 a year, and doctors suggest commercial equipment may be the cause for these disproportionate numbers. Common injuries include broken or fractured bones, spinal injuries, concussions, dislocated joints, and more. Trampoline parks have a duty to protect their patrons, and those responsible for any negligence must be taken to task.
How to Prevent Accidents
As these parks are marketed for a younger audience, children are often the most likely to be injured and always require supervision while on a trampoline. Parents must remember to keep an eye on their children the entire time they are on the trampoline, even if their child isn’t actively jumping.
Another common mistake is allowing more than one person to jump at a time. This can be especially disastrous when there are both adults and children jumping, as the adult may inadvertently hurt the child. It is also important to remember though they can be fun, certain maneuvers such as backflips or somersaults are extremely dangerous.
Trampoline parks are responsible for ensuring the safety of everyone in their establishment, which includes imposing security rules and regulations. Minimum standards of safety include age restrictions, properly trained employees, fully-staffed locations, regular safety inspections, replacing old equipment, providing thorough safety instructions, and continual maintenance.
I’m Injured, Now What?
Following a trampoline accident, don’t leave the trampoline park until you have reported it to management. Take evidence the way you would after any accident, including taking photos and collecting the contact information of all involved. Finally, seek medical attention as soon as possible even if your injuries seem minor. Doing so will create a record of the incident.
Contact Our Experienced South Texas Personal Injury Attorneys Today
If you or a loved one is suffering because of a trampoline accident, you may not know where to turn. Our South Texas personal injury lawyers of Zambrano Law Firm will fight for the financial reimbursement you deserve, including for your medical expenses, loss of work and wages, and even pain and suffering. Don’t face the aftermath of a debilitating and painful accident alone--allow our committed legal team to advocate for your rights.
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