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NHTSA Issues Call for Vehicle to Vehicle Communication to Increase Safety

183568617More than 35,000 people were killed in car accidents across the U.S. in 2015. The car crash–related figures are even more startling for serious injuries requiring medical intervention. In just the first six months of 2015, 2.3 million people received this level of injury from vehicle accidents.

NHTSA calls for mandated communication between cars

A recent proposal by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) would mandate installation of vehicle-to-vehicle communication capabilities by car manufacturers. With these capabilities, surrounding cars receive data on a vehicle’s location, direction, speed, and other data. The available data are transmitted to surrounding vehicles approximately 10 times a second.

The NHTSA believes that the ability of cars to communicate, termed vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication, has the potential to make the nation’s roads much safer by either preventing accidents altogether or reducing the severity of each accident.

This may be especially true for accidents caused by distracted drivers and drowsy drivers. Distracted drivers were responsible for 10% of fatalities in 2015. Drowsy drivers caused 72,000 crashes in the 2009-2013 period.

V2V-equipped vehicles can both identify dangers and warn other cars about accidents once they occur. They can identify situations such as passing on a two-lane road in a manner that will prevent head-on crashes. It can issue a warning to drivers when objects or people in the road are several hundred yards distant.

More vehicle technology, more lives saved

V2V is not the only technology expected to save lives in vehicle accidents.

The U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is currently developing a plan for vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) technology. V2I is analogous to V2V; in V2I the vehicles communicate with infrastructure like stop signs, work zones, and traffic lights.

The NHSTA noted that both V2V and V2I, used in conjunction with additional automated safety features like Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), could prevent thousands of collisions each year.

If you need to speak to an attorney about an car accident

Edelman, Krasin & Jaye supports all road safety measures. We are pleased to see technology being used to save lives and prevent injuries.

Yet we also believe that even one life lost in a preventable vehicle crash is too many. One visit to the hospital in the aftermath of a vehicle crash is one visit too many.

If you or a loved one have been hurt or lost a life in a vehicle accident, we are here to help. We can answer any questions you have about how liability is determined and what rights you have. We are experienced in New York State insurance regulations.

An experienced car accident attorney will be happy to discuss your case in a complimentary private consultation. Call 1-800-469-7429 for a free consultation with an experienced NYC & Long Island car accident lawyer today.

FDA Holds Public Workshop to Address E Cig Battery Safety Concerns

close up portrait of a man smoking an e-cigarette

Third degree burns, vision loss, fractured teeth and broken bones are just some of the horrendous injuries caused by e-cigarette battery explosions. By all accounts, “vaping” is supposed to be safer than smoking tobacco cigarettes. But over the past six years, the FDA has logged nearly 140 reports of debilitating injuries, house fires and property damage caused by overheating and exploding e-cigs, prompting federal authorities to start regulating the devices and their components in 2016.

On January 4, 2017, the FDA Center for Tobacco Products announced a public workshop designed to gather crucial information on dangers and risks associated with the use of lithium ion batteries in electronic cigarettes. In addition to the workshop, regulators are also establishing a public docket that will enable staff to hear from tobacco product manufacturers, researchers, investigators, and the public about safety concerns regarding electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).

Public workshop to address e-cig safety concerns

According to a report issued by the FDA, the public workshop will be held April 19 and 20, 2017 at the agency’s White Oak Campus conference center in Silver Spring, Maryland. The registration deadline for individuals and businesses interested in participating is March 17, 2017.

The two-day ENDS conference – the first of its kind – will include panel discussions and presentations about battery safety risks such as overheating, fires, malfunction and explosion, and will also address how consumers and the public are made aware of these potential dangers. All interested parties are encouraged to submit relevant research, data and commentary on a confidential or public basis.

CTP regulators are anticipating input at the workshop from a wide range of parties including state and local government entities, electronic cigarette importers, distributors and retailers, companies that make ENDS batteries, medical experts, academic researchers, concerned consumers and public health organizations.

The probe comes at a critical time, as some 66 e-cig explosions and fires were confirmed by the AP in 2015/early 2016 alone. Until now, manufacturers of ENDS have been able to market their products without complying with FDA standards that would ensure vaping devices are safe and free of defects.

Legal recourse available to electronic cigarette victims

As anecdotal evidence shows, electronic cigarette explosions and fires can occur without warning—sometimes when the devices are charging or while being used. In dozens of cases, victims were not told about battery dangers, or the need to use brand name charging cables. Some of the most shocking incidents resulting in serious harm have prompted the filing of personal injury lawsuits, with plaintiffs demanding compensation for facial injuries, deep burns, broken bones and the catastrophic medical expenses and diminished quality of life that followed suit.

Edelman Krasin & Jaye is an award-winning, full-service personal injury firm with headquarters in Long Island, NY.  If you or someone you love were injured from a vape pen or ENDS device, you may be eligible for legal compensation. To speak with a skilled e-cigarette explosion lawyer about your case, we invite you to call today for a free consultation.

Additional e-cig explosion resources

  1. Federal Register, Battery Safety Concerns in Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems; Public Workshop; Establishment of a Public Docket; Request for Comments https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/01/04/2016-31857/battery-safety-concerns-in-electronic-nicotine-delivery-systems-public-workshop-establishment-of-a
  2. NBC News, What’s Causing Some E-Cigarette Batteries to Explode? http://www.nbcnews.com/business/consumer/what-s-causing-some-e-cigarette-batteries-explode-n533516

Over 100 Injured in Long Island Rail Road Crash

RR crossing freight trainAt least 103 people suffered injuries this morning when a Long Island Rail Road train suddenly derailed at the busy Brooklyn Atlantic Terminal. The train accident happened at approximately 8:30 this morning – during peak rush hour—when the six-car commuter train grazed a bumping block on track six, say authorities. According to MTA Chairman Tom Prendergast, the impact of the strike knocked one of the axles of the L.I.R.R.’s cars off the track, causing the train to come to an abrupt halt. Prendergast told both the New York Times and NBC news that the operator was supposed to stop the train short of the bumping block.

Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board and The Federal Railroad Administration are headed to Brooklyn to begin an investigation.

L.I.R.R. train derails, injuring 100+

Commuters on the Long Island train described the frightening incident as an “extremely hard jolt” that catapulted bodies everywhere. The Atlantic Terminal filled with smoke, rendering some passengers unable to see. While fire department officials say the derailment could have caused far more damage and serious injuries, those who were on the train departed visibly panicked and shaken. Many worried that a bomb had gone off, as the crash created a loud boom followed by passenger screams.

Wounded passengers were escorted off the train—some wearing neck braces and others on stretchers. Police confirm that at least 106 passengers were transported to New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, Brooklyn Hospital Center and Kings County Hospital Center for medical attention. Media reports indicate that most injuries were categorized as non-life-threatening, and one passenger may have suffered a broken leg.

Investigations underway

The L.I.R.R. is the country’s busiest commuter railroad, transporting more than 300,000 weekday passengers from Long Island into Manhattan.  At this point, authorities have not confirmed the condition of the train operator, who will be questioned along with the brakeman by transportation officials.

Today’s crash is eerily reminiscent of another derailment that happened just four months earlier, when a New Jersey transit train ran over a bumper at the Hoboken station, injuring more than 100 people and killing one woman. Authorities later determined that the train’s engineer, who had suddenly and inexplicably accelerated before arriving at the platform, had undiagnosed sleep apnea and claimed he had no recollection of the acceleration.

As veteran railroad accident attorneys in Long Island, Edelman, Krasin & Jaye continues to follow investigations into the Brooklyn L.I.R.R. derailment. To learn more about our legal services or schedule a free case evaluation, please call 1-800-469-7429.

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Federal Government Boosts Spending For Technology To Stop Drunk Drinking

car after head on collisionLast year, 259 lives were lost to drunk driving accidents over the Christmas and New Years holidays. More than 10,000 preventable deaths are attributed to inebriated drivers annually. Mothers Against Drunk Driving dramatically reduced the number of deaths since the 1980s with their public awareness campaigns. We are on the verge of the next great frontier with technology to dramatically lower the number of drunk driving tragedies, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign is aimed at educating the public to make the right choice this holiday season.

Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS)

The Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS) is a partnership between the government and private-sector automakers that passively detects a driver’s blood alcohol concentration and prevents the car from starting when the level is .08 or higher. The technology has been in development for nearly a decade, but federal officials have announced a $5.1 million funding initiative to help deploy DADSS technology on a broader scale.

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Law enforcement agencies nationwide will be increasing patrols and sobriety checkpoints throughout the holiday season. The NHTSA has also launched a virtual bar experience called “Last Call 360”, accessible through mobile phone or computer. Gamers can interact with bar patrons, play games, watch videos, order virtual alcoholic drinks, and see the consequences of drinking and driving. Another app, NHTSA’s SaferRide, allows users to easily connect with a friend or a cab for a ride home after having a few drinks.

Drunk driving isn’t worth it, speaker says

Special guest Christine Alexander joined the campaign kickoff to share her personal story. Alexander made a fateful decision to drive, despite having a BAC twice the legal limit, one night in 2004. She didn’t see her friend stopped at a red light on his motorcycle until it was too late. “I didn’t have time to slow down or stop,” she recalls. “I hit him from behind… and he flew 65 feet into the air, bounced off my windshield and landed in the intersection.” He died at the hospital. Alexander did her time in jail — but, 12 years later, she still struggles with guilt. She tried killing herself seven times. “Every waking moment, you live with it and you can’t take it back,” she has said.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a drunk driving accident, don’t hesitate to contact the car accident attorneys at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye to ensure that people are held accountable for their poor decisions and negligent behavior. Investigating your legal options cannot undo the damage, but it can be a transformative step toward healing.

Additional DUI resources

  1. NHTSA – Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over https://www.nhtsa.gov/press-releases/us-dot-urges-public-%E2%80%98drive-sober-or-get-pulled-over%E2%80%99-and-announces-funding-innovative
  2. WUSA 9 News – Deadly Drunk Driver Offers Timely Holiday Warning http://www.wusa9.com/news/local/deadly-drunk-driver-offers-timely-holiday-warning/370188237
  3. CBS News – 2016 May Go Down As One Of The Worst Years For Drunk Driving http://www.cbsnews.com/news/2016-may-go-down-as-one-of-the-worst-years-for-drunk-driving-deaths/

New York Nursing Home Cited for Multiple Counts of Neglect

older patient with nurseWhen family sends an elderly member to a nursing home for care, they expect their loved one to be treated with respect and the highest level of care available. Unfortunately, this is not the reality for many admitted to nursing homes across the country. One facility in Western New York highlights the need for better oversight and legal recourse when residents are not treated appropriately.

WKBW reports that the Niagara Rehabilitation and Nursing in Niagara Falls featured some of the poorest conditions witnessed at nursing homes in the Western New York area. After moving her relatives from some of the most troubling facilities in the state, including Emerald South and Humboldt House, Jackie Murray-White placed her mother in Niagara Rehabilitation and Nursing in Niagara Falls.

Sadly, the nursing home chosen was considered a “modern day poor house and nursing home of last resort,” according to a report by the local Buffalo station WKBW. In fact, complaints by a resident resulted in a two-month long investigation by WKBW into the facility and the results were troubling, to say the least. In taking care of her own loved one, Murray-White noted some serious concerns for the residents at the facility.

Limited bathroom assistance

Murray-White notes soon after her mother was admitted to the facility that assistance to bathroom appeared to be painfully limited, In fact, the woman told WKBW that she stopped bringing her new baby to the center because of the overpowering stench of urine in the facility. She told WKBW that she and her sister had to make special arrangements to ensure their mother got to the bathroom.

“My sister and I would have to leave our homes because no one would come to take her to the bathroom,” Miller-White told WKBW. “There was a time where [our mother] sat for two or three hours in her own pee because no one would clean her up – they would yell at her for calling.”

Nursing home violations

Tragically, Miller-White’s account is not the only one to reveal the alleged negligence at Niagara Rehabilitation and Nursing. This facility has earned one of the worst ratings in Western New York in recent years, despite the change of ownership in 2012. In fact, the federal government ranks this nursing home with one out of five stars, with 23 violations that lead the state in averages for nursing homes.

Violations at this nursing home include “severe, systemic deficiencies,” which fail to provide the necessary care and services to its residents. Some of the violations include bed sores for some patients, which can lead to serious skin infections. Neglect to provide residents with antibiotics is another charge, which could lead to worsening of a resident’s condition.

One incident of nursing home neglect led to the death of a resident there, according to state documents. A man that was sent to the facility on January 20 began complaining of abdominal pain around 2:00 a.m. For two-and-one-half hours, no one on the staff monitored the patient’s vital signs or called for a physician to assess the man’s condition. The patient died a few hours later, resulting in a $10,000 fine for the facility.

Filing a nursing home abuse lawsuit

If you feel that you have a case against a particular nursing home, it is essential that you document all proceedings to show negligence on the part of the facility. The more documentation you have, the more weight you carry when you seek legal action against the nursing home facility. If the nursing home violates the state or federal laws involving the maintenance of nursing home, they may be liable for reimbursing their residents the monetary amount that they have lost in trusting those facilities to provide them with the proper care.

Edelman, Krasin & Jaye has experience working with cases of nursing home neglect and can help you protect your loved one from actions that might be detrimental to their health or mental well-being. If you would like a free case evaluation or answers to your legal questions, contact our NY personal injury lawyers at 1-800-469-7429.

Long Island Neurosurgeon Sued for Malpractice

Surgeon A prominent Long Island neurosurgeon, Dr. Paolo Bolognese, is facing three separate medical malpractice lawsuits alleging botched spinal surgeries. According to a report in NY Daily News, all three plaintiffs allege that Bolognese either performed unnecessary operations or botched their treatment so badly that their health is now worse than before they first sought medical help.

Fifty-five year-old Lori White, once an avid equestrian, is one of the plaintiffs. Bolognese performed her spinal surgery nearly two years ago, and she is still living in chronic pain. White, like the other claimants, sought treatment for Chiari malformation – a rare congenital defect in which brain tissue grows into the spine. She sought treatment at the North Shore University Hospital’s Chiari Institute, which was co-founded by Bolognese. White’s lawsuit contends gross surgical negligence that has left her with practically zero mobility in her neck and head due to misplaced hardware.

“I can barely function since my surgery and I don’t know that I will ever fully recover,” White told NY Daily News, adding, “Dr. Bolognese promised to make me better. He promised so many things, and nothing came to fruition. I now have no quality of life.”

Surgery leaves woman bedridden

The two other claimants who are suing Bolognese are 29-year-old Crystal Hensley Hall, and Jennifer Lake, a young student from New Mexico. Both had spinal operations based on advice from Bolognese, and both were left with catastrophic injuries, says their attorney.

According to their legal counsel, the surgeries have negatively impacted the lives of both. Lake has trouble swallowing and experiences tachycardia, impaired bladder function and leg pain, and Hall is practically bedridden most of the time.

Bolognese sued at least 20 times

Dr. Bolognese has not responded to recent allegations raised by the three women, and while he is considered one of the world’s top experts on Chiari malformations, he is no stranger to malpractice litigation. The Daily News reports that he has been sued at least 20 times for alleged misconduct, and was even was suspended in 2010 by the hospital for purportedly showing up late for a surgery while the patient was anesthetized.

Bolognese was investigated for his medical conduct in 2010, but New York’s Office of Professional Medical Conduct did not hand down any sanctions or disciplinary actions.

Surgical errors & legal recourse

Edelman, Krasin & Jaye has procured substantial verdicts and settlements for victims of malpractice and surgical negligence. When life-altering injuries result from a physician’s errors, incompetence or lack of training, victims are entitled to their day in court.

A successful medical malpractice lawsuit can recoup compensation for:

  • Hospital and medical expenses
  • Loss of income
  • Loss of future earnings
  • Permanent disfigurement
  • Permanent disability
  • Loss of spousal consortium
  • Emotional distress

When a routine surgery or procedure harms more than it helps, it pays to enlist the services of an experienced attorney who can investigate the facts, review medical records and determine if standards of care were upheld.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a hospital setting, we encourage you to reach out for a free case review with a Long Island personal injury lawyer at Edelman, Krasin and Jaye. You can reach our offices toll-free at the number above.

Viral Video Shows E-Cig Battery Explosion

close up portrait of a man smoking an e-cigarette

Horrifying footage that has now gone viral shows a French nightclub owner being engulfed by flames after his electronic cigarette battery exploded in his pocket. The disturbing incident, which unfortunately is not that uncommon, highlights the dangers posed by defective lithium batteries installed in many of today’s vape pens. In the video, published early this month, Toulouse club manager Amine Britel is seen desperately trying to shed his jacket after his e-cigarette device catches on fire. Two of the nightclub’s workers rush to his aid, and are able to put out the flames.

“I heard what sounded like a firecracker but ten times louder,” Britel told French reporters after the incident. “After the shock of the explosion, I realized I had caught on fire.” While the injury could have been much worse, Britel still suffered second-degree burns on his hand, midsection and hip.

The Toulouse incident marks the latest in a string of vape pen explosions in the last few years. According to FEMA statistics, 25 separate incidents of explosion and fire involving e-cig batteries were reported in the U.S. between 2009 and 2014. At least a dozen more e-cig injuries have been reported in the past 16 months.

E-cig fire and explosion: key takeaways

Millions of people across the globe have taken up “vaping” as a safer and healthier alternative to tobacco cigarettes. In the U.S., an estimated 2.5 million people use e-cigs, which is now a billion dollar industry. However, malfunctioning batteries have been linked to an alarming number of injury reports, and at least one death. According to FEMA data, at least 80 percent of e-cigarette explosions happen while the units are charging. Officials believe that most fires occur when the devices are connected to charging cables that were not sold with the battery.

At present, federal officials have yet to create a database that tracks all injuries and fires associated with electronic cigarettes, leaving hospital and media reports our most accurate source. A recent report from health care providers at the University of Washington Medical Center show an upward trend in serious injuries from e-cig battery explosions. The hospital treated 15 different patients from October 2015 to June 2016. Many of the victims suffered second and third-degree burns requiring skin graft surgery. Others suffered significant blast injuries, soft tissue loss, dental damage and chemical burns from battery fluid.

Lawsuits being filed against e-cig manufacturers

It comes as no surprise that multiple legal complaints have been filed against the manufacturers of electronic cigarettes, alleging the lithium ion battery units suffer design and manufacturing defects. Victims have brought e-cigarette explosion lawsuits in Florida, California, New York and several other states, in the hopes of recovering fair compensation for their injuries and losses.

Here at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye, it is our conviction that manufacturers should be held accountable for placing profits over consumer safety. Our personal injury lawyers understand the physical, emotional and financial burdens placed on those who suffer serious harm. If you or a loved one suffered burns or injury from an exploding e-cigarette, you may have a claim for damages.  Call us today to arrange a free consultation.

NHTSA: Traffic Fatalities Significantly Increased During 2016

police officer next to carThere has been a sharp rise in the number of people dying from car crashes, bicycle accidents, and pedestrian accidents during the first half of 2016, according to the October issue of Traffic Safety Facts –a publication of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Compared to the same time period in 2015, there was a 10 percent increase in traffic deaths in the first half of this year. NHTSA places the estimate at almost 18,000 traffic deaths from January to June. During that same time period in 2015, there were almost 16,000 fatalities on the nation’s roadways.

Here at the law firm of Edelman, Krasin & Jaye, we’re deeply troubled by this new data. Even one wrongful death is one too many. That’s why our personal injury lawyers have made it their life’s work to provide effective legal advocacy for injured survivors and bereaved family members.

The crash data

It’s important to note that so far, the crash data have not been finalized. The NHTSA expects that the final data for 2015 and the annual file for 2016 won’t be available for review until the fall of 2017. It is entirely possible that the final statistics will be recalculated; however, it’s still likely that the first half of 2016 will represent a troubling upward climb in traffic fatalities. The NHTSA noted that so far, 2016 hasn’t necessarily seen a drastic increase in the number of car accident fatalities. Rather, the increase in deaths is primarily attributed to the rise in the number of deaths from motorcycle, pedestrian, and cyclist accidents.

In 2015, there were over 5,300 pedestrian accident deaths, which represented a 9.5 percent increase. Also in 2015, there were 818 bicyclist deaths, which represented a 12.2 percent increase. Both of those fatality totals were the highest they had been for those respective groups for the past two decades.

Possible reasons for the rising trend

Of course, traffic accidents are usually preventable simply by improving driver behaviors (including curbing drunk and distracted driving) and by providing clear traffic signs and markers. However, there may be a few driving forces behind these troubling statistics.

From 2005 to 2013, there was a significant increase in the number of people who walked and cycled to work. In fact, one million more people chose non-motorized transportation in 2013 than in 2005. Yet, preliminary data show that Americans have also driven 50.5 billion miles more on the roadways during the first half of 2016 compared to the same time period in 2015. The increased demand for transportation is almost certainly playing a role in the increase in traffic fatalities.

Legal representation for New Yorkers

Edelman, Krasin & Jaye is a Long-Island based personal injury firm that offers complimentary consultations for individuals who have been harmed in vehicle accidents. If you’ve been affected by negligent or reckless driving, call us today at 800.469.7429.

We accept cases on a contingency basis, which means we don’t collect legal fees unless we recover compensation on your behalf.

E-Cigarette Explosions & Burns an Increasing Concern, Reports Medical Journal

close up portrait of a man smoking an e-cigarette

Increasing numbers of Americans are giving up tobacco cigarettes in favor of vaporizers, e-cigarettes, e-pipes and other Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS). In 2015, more than 3 million middle and high school students admitted to using vape pens or e-cigarettes, which were linked to dozens of fires that same year. Spontaneous e-cigarette explosions can – and do — happen while the devices are being used or carried, often causing serious facial burns, damage to teeth, facial and neck fractures, lost digits, and third-degree bodily burns.

An editorial report published last month in the BMJ medical journal spotlights this emerging safety concern. The authors say that burns and other serious injuries from overheated e-cigarettes and vaporizers need a clinical, public health and regulatory response. They also call for more stringent federal regulation to ensure that ENDS are manufactured, distributed and marketed “according to standards that reduce harm and promote health.”

193 reports involving E-cig injuries

The editorial underscores an unreliable and inconsistent tracking system for reporting e-cigarette explosions, burns and injuries. The FDA encourages consumers, manufacturers and retailers to report any adverse events regarding ENDS to its “Safety Reporting Portal for Tobacco Products.”

Potential safety concerns or adverse events could include:

  • Fire, burns or other personal injuries
  • Products that are damaged or defective
  • Devices that appear contaminated
  • Poisonings
  • Allergic reactions
  • And products that taste or smell wrong

It has become evident, however, that the lion’s share of vape injuries is gleaned from media reports rather than a federal database. According to the American Burn Association, several hundred e-cigarette-related burns were reported in 2015—a stark contrast to the low figures provided by the U.S. National Fire Protection Association.

One independent website has identified at least 193 reports of e-cigarette explosions caused by incompatible charging ports or damaged or defective lithium-ion batteries. These incidents were mined from global media coverage, though they note that e-cig explosions are seriously under-reported.

Call for increased regulatory oversight

On August 8, 2016, the FDA finalized plans to regulate all tobacco products in the U.S., including e-cigarettes and other ENDS. With better manufacturing guidelines and safety measures in place, along with improved education for the public about e-cigarette risks, health regulators hope to improve consumer safety and lower risk of injury.

At this time, several personal injury lawsuits have already been filed against the manufacturers and distributers of electronic cigarettes, claiming negligence in the marketing and sale of the devices. Plaintiffs are suing for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and permanent disfigurement after being severely burned by malfunctioning vaporizers.

E-cigarette injury attorney

If you or a loved have been harmed while using, charging or carrying an e-cigarette, contact Edelman, Krasin & Jaye for a free case evaluation right away. Our veteran product liability attorneys vow to protect your rights, and fight for maximum compensation. Call 800.469.7429 to set up a confidential consultation today.

Trampoline Park Accidents on the Rise

emergency room signAs more trampoline parks continue to pop up across the country, reports of serious injuries at these facilities have also increased. A new study published in the journal Pediatrics found an alarming rise in trampoline park injuries between 2011 and 2014 as the indoor trampoline craze continues to explode.

Unfortunately, some people that head to these parks for an afternoon of fun come out with significant injuries that can affect their quality of life permanently.

More parks, more ER visits

The new study found an exponential rise in emergency room visits as a result of trampoline park injuries. In 2010, 581 patients sought treatment in emergency rooms due to trampoline-related injuries. By 2014, that number had climbed to nearly 7,000. Patients were likely to be children or teenagers, presenting with injuries like sprains and fractures. However, there was also a concerning number of spinal cord injuries and skull fractures in those emergency room visits as well.

The increase in injuries had a direct correlation to the growth in the trampoline park industry during that same time frame. There were just 35 trampoline parks nationwide in 2011, according to the International Association of Trampoline Parks. By 2014, more than 280 parks had appeared, with around five to six new parks opening up every month. The IATP also estimates that as many as 50 million people visit these trampoline parks every year.

Reasons for injuries

Some of the common reasons why trampoline park injuries occur:

  • Jumpers landing wrong
  • Colliding with other jumpers
  • Getting injured while performing flips
  • Landing on trampoline springs or frames
  • Falling off the trampolines

In addition, injuries caused by trampoline sports at the parks, such as trampoline dodgeball or volleyball were also reported.

The researchers in this study compiled data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System between 2010 and 2014. Findings were based on samples from 100 emergency rooms across the nation. The lead researcher in the study, Dr. Kathryn Kasmire, told the Chicago Tribune that parents need to be aware of the risks at these parks, as well as the fact that safety rules can vary significantly from facility to facility.

Liability in trampoline park accidents

Most trampoline parks have participants sign a waiver before they are allowed onto the trampolines. Unfortunately, this leaves some injured victims with the mistaken assumption they cannot seek legal action against the park for their injuries. However, that is not always the case.

Waivers do not protect a trampoline park against negligence in the upkeep of the trampolines or in monitoring jumpers for safe behavior. Jumpers have a right to assume that the facility will take all necessary steps to ensure the safety of participants with full-time monitoring of the trampolines and the institution and enforcement of appropriate safety rules. If the facility does not do their part to keep guests and premises safe, legal action may indeed be an option.

If you are injured at a trampoline park, it is important to seek competent legal representation as soon as possible. An investigation will be necessary to evaluate the safety of the park, interview possible witnesses and assess the language of the waiver to determine how clear and broad it is. An experienced premises liability attorney will know precisely how to ensure your rights are protected, and just compensation is secured.

If you or someone you love is injured at a trampoline park, contact the Long Island law firm of Edelman, Krasin & Jaye as soon as possible to receive a free case evaluation. Our number is 1-800-469-7429 and we will be happy to discuss your legal options with you and answer all of your questions.