Jumping on a trampoline is almost as much a rite of passage for kids as summer camp, and if you’ve ever jumped on one yourself, you know it can be quite a thrill. Yes, it’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt. And kids are getting hurt in record numbers on backyard trampolines and at so-called trampoline parks. Data from the Consumer Product Safety Commission shows that there were more than 103,000 trampoline-related visits to emergency rooms across the country in 2016 alone.
Sometimes accidents are just that—accidents, and no one is to blame. However, if someone caused you or your child to become injured on a trampoline, you may have a trampoline injury claim. Hiden, Rott & Oertle LLP and our Palm Springs trampoline injury attorneys are adept at getting injured parties the compensation to which they are entitled. We have represented clients in the past with product liability, premises liability and negligence claims related to trampoline injuries.
Who’s Liable for Trampoline Injuries?
Sometimes a trampoline injury is the jumper’s fault. But that’s not always the case. For example, the owner of the trampoline should take all care possible to secure the trampoline properly, use safety nets and safety pads to prevent jumpers from falling, and supervise the jumpers to ensure they are safe. Absent due diligence, the owner might be held liable for jumpers’ injuries. If the trampoline injury results from a defect in the manufacture or design of the trampoline, then it can be held accountable. Other users who knowingly endanger jumpers may also be held liable.
Seriousness of Trampoline Injuries
In an age when kids get too much screen time and health experts make repeated pleas to parents for their children to get active and exercise, it’s a bit telling when the American Academy of Pediatrics comes out and says it “strongly discourages” the use of recreational trampolines at all ages. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons doesn’t go as far, but it still agrees that children under age six should never be allowed to jump on a trampoline.
Trampoline Injury at Jump Gyms and Trampoline Parks
Trampolines have been a known danger for as long as they’ve existed, and while they may be slightly safer with the influx of trampoline owners using safety enclosures, their danger is still all too real. However, the increase in the number of jump gyms and trampoline parks has largely fueled an increase in the number of people injured by trampolines each year. A 2016 study published in the journal Pediatrics found that from the four-year period running from 2010 to 2014, the number of ER visits in the United States due to injuries at these types of facilities increased tenfold. Data shows that park-related trampoline injuries jumped from 580 in 2010 to close to 7,000 just four years later in 2014. One in 11 injuries from parks resulted in hospitalization, with serious skull fractures, spinal cord injuries and open fractures sometimes seen. Operators of parks and gyms that offer trampolines for customer use are ultimately responsible when someone is injured.
Consulting With a Palm Springs Trampoline Injury Attorney
Each trampoline accident is unique and the circumstances surrounding your injury are likewise unique to your situation. Hiden, Rott & Oertle and its Palm Springs trampoline injury attorney provide no-cost case reviews to determine the merits of your claim. Schedule your consultation now to find out how our legal team can help.