Are Trampoline Parks Safe?

Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 7-Aug-2017

A Florida mother’s photo of her son’s trampoline park injury has been shared online by more than 275,000 people. In the photo, the woman’s 3-year-old son is lying down in a body cast that he received after breaking his leg at a trampoline park. The mother is using the photo to warn other parents that trampolines are dangerous for children.

According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, trampolines should never be used by children younger than 6 years old. In addition, the American Academy of Pediatrics maintains that trampolines are dangerous even for young children and adolescents.

While many trampoline accidents happen at home, an increasing number are occurring at trampoline parks. According to a study published in Pediatrics¸ trampoline park injuries have skyrocketed from 580 in 2010 to almost 7,000 in 2014. The rising number of injuries may be attributed to an increase in the number of trampoline parks. In 2011, there were only 40 trampoline parks worldwide. By 2014, there were 280 trampoline parks across the globe.

Can I File a Lawsuit for a Trampoline Park Injury?

Lawsuits have been filed by parents whose children suffered catastrophic injuries at these parks. Adults have also filed lawsuits after suffering injuries. Although many indoor trampoline parks require visitors to sign waivers, injured parkgoers or their family members may still have legal options to recover damages.

In one case, a Texas teenager received an $11.5 million jury verdict after suffering a traumatic brain injury at an indoor trampoline park. In another case, a Minnesota man secured a $3 million settlement after suffering a spinal cord injury at one of these establishments. The lawsuits for both cases were allowed to proceed even though the plaintiffs had signed waivers.

The Washington DC personal injury attorneys at Regan Zambri Long, PLLC can help victims of trampoline park injuries or their families explore whether they have legal options to recover damages. Depending on the circumstances, it may be possible to hold trampoline parks, trampoline manufacturers or other parties accountable for catastrophic injuries or deaths.

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