Trampolines are meant to be a way for children and adults to have fun while also getting some exercise, and over the years, trampoline parks have been increasing in popularity throughout the country. Also commonly known as jump parks, these indoor parks are particularly popular during the winter months, especially for children looking to expend some energy when weather conditions make it difficult to play outdoors. When taking proper precautions, using a trampoline can be a fun way to stay active, but unfortunately, there are a plethora of things that can (and that do) go wrong at trampoline parks. People of all ages have gotten injured at trampoline parks for various reasons, which can be a direct result of a lack of regulations in this quickly growing (and hazardous) industry.
The CPSC reports that approximately 100,000 people have been treated in hospital emergency rooms for trampoline injuries, and that number has almost tripled since 1991. Almost two-thirds of these injuries involve children ages 6 to 14, with 15 percent of injured individuals being children younger than 6-years-old. Approximately four percent of the individuals being treated in hospital emergency rooms due to trampoline injuries have required hospital admission.
At trampoline parks, common injuries typically result from the following:
- Jumping or falling off the trampoline
- Attempting to do a trick or stunt that goes wrong
- Falling on the trampoline frame
- Falling on the trampoline springs
- Colliding into other trampoline jumpers
Even when someone is following all safety protocols at a trampoline park, another jumper may be reckless and cause injury to another individual. These injuries can be serious and painful and may take years to recover from. In some cases, injuries from trampolines can even be fatal. It has been reported that leg and foot injuries are among the most common when it comes to trampoline injuries, followed by arm and hand injuries, head/face/and neck injuries, and shoulder/trunk injuries. In the cases of fatal trampoline accidents, falls from trampolines were the most common cause of death, followed by landing on the neck while attempting somersaults.
It is extremely unfortunate when what was just meant to be a fun day out can change someone’s life forever. Trampoline parks are typically set up to ensure the safety of visitors by enforcing strict guidelines, but all too often, these guidelines are not followed. Staff members should ensure that jumpers are being safe and not violating rules that can put themselves (and others) at risk. Other times, faulty and/or poorly maintained trampoline equipment at a trampoline park may possibly cause injury. When it’s the carelessness of another individual or a facility that resulted in your injury, you may qualify for monetary compensation in a personal injury lawsuit. If you are already working with an attorney, you may already have a good idea as to how the overall process works.
Alas, the whole process of a personal injury lawsuit from start to finish can seem like a daunting one, and many families are left wondering how they are going to pay for various expenses. Some of these expenses typically include medical bills and other day-to-day expenses that have been accumulating. Many accident victims are unable to return to work and as a result, bills and other daily expenditures can easily pile up. In cases where the accidents are fatal, families are often left struggling to pay for unexpected funeral costs, which can be substantial. At USClaims, we can help get you money now through a process known as pre-settlement funding. Contact us today to learn more and to get started.