Backyard trampolines received a lot of negative press a few years back, but until recently, most people have been willing to look the other way for their larger and potentially more dangerous counterpart: trampoline parks. These parks offer an exciting experience for thrill seekers of all ages. Unfortunately, they’re also incredibly dangerous. Below, we examine some of the biggest threats underlying the recent increase in trampoline park injuries.
Common Trampoline Park Injuries
While both at-home trampolines and trampoline parks can prompt sprains and fractures, research suggests that sprains are more likely to occur at trampoline parks — as are dislocated joints. The type of injury incurred at these parks often depends on the age of the visitor, with adults more likely to suffer sprains and young children more likely to suffer fractures.
According to Weill Cornell Medical College’s Dr. Sean Bandzar, the greatest danger of trampoline parks may involve the presence of other people. With conventional trampolines, space restrictions make it tough for more than one or two people to jump at once. At trampoline parks, however, enthusiastic jumpers are more likely to collide, leading to a variety of severe impact injuries.
By the Numbers: How Common Are Trampoline Park Injuries?
The results of a concerning study suggest that trampoline park injuries are on the rise. In 2014, for example, these parks prompted nearly 7,000 emergency room visits. Researchers point out that recent increases in injuries may stem from the rising prevalence of these parks; a recent report from Today claims that there are now approximately 800 trampoline parks in the United States.
Whether you were hurt at a trampoline park or in some other setting, you may be eligible for damages if negligence was at play. Contact Regan Zambri Long PLLC today to learn more about your legal options.