Accidents on backyard trampolines resulted in nearly 289,000 emergency room visits for broken bones between 2002 and 2011, according to a study published in the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics.
When you count all trampoline accidents — not just the ones that caused bone fractures — the number of resulting ER visits comes to more than 1 million during that time.
Moreover, since 1999 the American Academy of Pediatrics has advised against home trampoline use, and many homeowners insurance policies prohibit backyard trampolines or contain a specific exclusion of trampoline injuries.
The Importance Of Rules, Supervision And Maintenance
As with virtually anything involving a child at play, supervision is necessary to protect against injury. Trampoline use is no exception. A trampoline injury can happen in a split-second, and owners of trampolines have an obligation to supervise their own children and the children of others. Trampoline parks, where customers are allowed to use trampolines for recreation, also have a duty to ensure that the trampolines and the business premises are reasonably safe.
In any case, rules, supervision and proper maintenance are needed to prevent trampoline injuries.
Common Causes Of Trampoline Accidents
Other than not purchasing a trampoline at all, there are simple precautions people can take to prevent serious accidents. Depending on the facts of the case, failing to take these precautions could constitute negligence on the part of the trampoline owner. Common factors contributing to trampoline accidents include:
- Failure to monitor children
- Failure to establish clear rules for trampoline use
- Lack of a net enclosure designed for trampoline safety
- Decayed trampoline mats and springs
- Placement of the trampoline on an uneven surface
Unfortunately, property owner negligence involving a trampoline can result in injuries that permanently alter a child’s life, and victims and their loved ones deserve compensation.
Obtaining Compensation For Trampoline Accident Victims
At The Levine Law Firm in Austin, we help accident victims in Central Texas obtain the compensation they need and deserve. If you or a loved one has been injured in a trampoline accident on someone else’s property, you could be entitled to compensation for medical bills and other costs resulting from the accident. Call 512-476-9800 orcontact our office today through our online form.