Most homeowners understand that the addition of a trampoline to their backyard will almost always result in a spike in insurance premiums. This is because trampolines are known to cause injury even when used as intended. Yet many of these same Americans will fail to seriously consider the risk of injury before patronizing a trampoline park. Injuries at trampoline parks are very much on the rise according to the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS). Specifically, NEISS maintains that in 2010 just 581 individuals were injured at trampoline parks, but by 2014 the number had risen dramatically to 6,932.
Injuries Associated With Trampoline Parks
Unlike what is commonly reported following a trampoline accident at home, most injuries arising from a trampoline park accident will involve the lower extremities. Trampoline parks often feature trampolines that allow users to reach higher heights, thereby placing greater strain on the feet, ankles, and knees of those who are bouncing. Additionally, the wall-to-wall trampoline design employed by most trampoline parks may embolden users to undertake maneuvers they would not normally attempt, such as somersaults and flips. An awkward landing while upside down can cause a head or spinal injury.
If a visit to a trampoline park cannot be avoided, there are steps consumers can take to avoid a later trip to the emergency room. Instruct children never to bounce on a trampoline that is overcrowded. Additionally, avoid bouncing on a trampoline with exposed springs and coils, and only bounce in supervised areas. When a serious injury is sustained at a trampoline park, an owner or site supervisor may point to the waiver of liability signed by the injured party prior to entry. However, a failure by a trampoline park to properly maintain their equipment, moderate the number of bouncers, or supervise their facility can nonetheless lead to litigation.
Philadelphia Personal Injury Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Seek Compensation for Victims of Trampoline Park Negligence
Trampoline parks have become an increasingly popular way to celebrate a birthday, exercise, or congregate with friends, with an estimated five to six new trampoline parks opening every month according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. If you or a loved one has been injured at a trampoline park, contact the Philadelphia personal injury lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC. We will aggressively seek justice for you in court. For a free initial consultation, complete our online form or call 215-569-8488 today.