Like your kids, you probably grew up jumping on a trampoline, and you know firsthand just how much fun they can be. You likely also know how dangerous they can be too. So dangerous that the American Academy of Pediatrics, an organization normally on board when it comes to keeping kids active and moving, “strongly discourages” recreational trampoline use altogether, at any age. Trampoline accidents are far from uncommon, and with the advent of trampoline parks and jump gyms, trampoline-related accidents are on the rise. There were more than 100,000 trampoline-related injuries treated in ERs across the country just in 2016 alone.
While sometimes accidents are just accidents, and there is no one to blame but the child jumping or the parents themselves, this is not always the case. If your child has suffered from a trampoline injury due to another parent’s disregard of safety or other negligence or due to the low safety standards at a trampoline park, then you can seek compensation from the responsible party, holding them accountable for medical bills and other damages incurred. Hiden, Rott & Oertle LLP and our Chula Vista trampoline injury attorneys have handled many trampoline injury cases in the past and provide aggressive, knowledgeable representation to our clients.
Growing Danger: Jump Gyms and Trampoline Parks
Despite the more widespread use of safety pads and enclosure nets, backyard trampolines have been a danger for decades. However, a relatively new and present danger has emerged when it comes to trampoline use: jump gyms and trampoline parks where kids pay for admission and jump with dozens of others on specially sized trampolines. The rise of these recreational hotspots has led to a parallel rise in the number of injured kids and adults out for a day of jumping fun. The journal Pediatrics surveyed ERs from all over the country from 2010 to 2014 and found that ER visits from these types of facilities increased ten times over in the four-year study period. There were 580 park-related trampoline injuries in 2010. At the survey’s end, there were nearly 7,000, with one in every 11 injuries so severe that the injured party required hospitalization. Some injuries seen, notes Pediatrics, include skull fractures, open fractures and spinal cord trauma. When someone is injured in an establishment such as a jump gym, then the operators and owners of these establishments are ultimately responsible in most cases.
Who Pays for Trampoline Injury Damages?
Sometimes the jumper is at fault when injured on a trampoline. However, the owner of the trampoline or owner of the property which the trampoline is installed may be to blame if they did not exercise reasonable care in setting up the trampoline, maintaining it, or controlling the actions of those who jump on it. Sometimes liability also falls on the manufacturer of the trampoline due to a default in the design or manufacture of the trampoline itself. Lastly, other people jumping in an unsafe manner or in a way that disregards the safety of others may be to blame.
Consulting With a Chula Vista Trampoline Injury Attorney
While trampolines are meant for fun and exercise, the injuries that they cause are anything but pleasant. Hiden, Rott & Oertle and their Chula Vista trampoline injury attorneys can help you file your trampoline injury claim and hold those responsible accountable. Schedule a no-cost case evaluation now.