As 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.