“Can I Sue for a Trampoline Injury?”
Trampolines are prevalent in backyards across America, and recently entire trampoline parks have popped up in nearly every state. Unfortunately, there are a number of dangers associated with these popular attractions. Thousands of people, the majority of which are children, are injured each year on trampolines.
At Riddle & Brantley, our injury attorneys represent children and their families who have suffered a trampoline injury either at someone’s home or in a trampoline park. If you or your child was hurt while jumping on a trampoline, contact our office at 1-800-525-7111 for a free, no-obligation consultation.
How Often Are People Injured on Trampolines?
As reported by the Cleveland Clinic, nearly 100,000 people are sent to the emergency department with trampoline-related injuries each year.
Their research shows that small children are 14x more likely to get hurt on a trampoline than older children.
Additionally, studies show that 75% of all trampoline-related injuries occur when there are multiple children jumping.
What Causes Trampoline-Related Injuries?
Falls are one of the major causes of trampoline injuries. Safety nets can be used to help prevent catastrophic injuries to children and teens, but many backyard trampolines do not have this feature.
Common causes of trampoline injuries:
- Negligent supervision
- Failing to secure the trampoline
- Falls from the trampoline
- Lack of a safety net
- Multiple people jumping at once (collisions)
- Exceeding weight limit
- Faulty construction (missing or broken parts)
- Attempted stunts (somersaults, flips, etc.)
Tragically, many trampoline injuries are severe, including broken bones and spinal cord injuries.
Depending on the circumstances, a person who suffers harm while jumping on a trampoline or at a trampoline park might be entitled to compensation.
Types of Injuries Suffered on a Trampoline
One of the most common injuries suffered while on a trampoline is a bone fracture. Bone fractures range in severity, but a significant portion of trampoline-related fractures require surgery to treat. The most common fractures caused by trampolines are in the leg and spine.
Types of trampoline injuries:
- Sprains, strains, and contusions
- Broken bones
- Spinal injuries
- Head and neck trauma
- Cuts and lacerations
While rare, some trampoline injuries can cause permanent disabilities, paralysis, or even death. Children and teens are particularly susceptible to trampoline injuries to serious injuries requiring extensive medical care and treatment.
Who Can Be Sued?
Determining liability after a trampoline accident can be difficult. It is always in your best interest to consult with an experienced attorney if your child was injured on a trampoline.
Parties that may be held liable for a trampoline accident:
- Trampoline park business owners and operators
- Trampoline manufacturers
- Adult in charge (negligent supervision)
- Trampoline part manufacturers (defective safety net or trampoline part)
Even if your child suffered a trampoline-related injury while trespassing on another person’s property, you might still be entitled to compensation.
Injured in a Trampoline Accident? Contact Our Office!
If you or your child was injured in a trampoline accident, contact our office at 1-800-525-7111 for a free, no-obligation consultation.
We proudly represent clients throughout North Carolina and will fight to ensure that you receive the maximum compensation available based on your injuries and the circumstances of your case. Call today to get started.