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
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.
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.