At The Champion Firm, P.C., we’ve seen that the number of trampoline-related injury cases has increased quite a bit in recent years. Many people aren’t aware that trampoline park activities can be physically risky. Our legal team is dedicated to providing valuable legal assistance to the residents of Atlanta who have been the victim of a personal injury accidents, including accidents related to trampolines.
Injuries at Trampoline Parks Are On the Rise
Trampolines were once reserved for training athletes, especially gymnasts, under strict supervision and guidance. As one 2012 CNN investigation explained, trampoline parks became popular for recreational use as product designers and manufacturers began producing smaller trampolines at a more affordable price.
Suddenly, private trampoline parks began springing up all over the country. There are several trampoline parks located right here in the Atlanta metro area: from Sky Zone Trampoline Park, which has three locations (Roswell, Kennesaw, and Suwannee) to XDrenaline Trampoline Park (located in Marietta), these facilities are privately-owned and are very accessible to Atlanta residents.
The Causes of Trampoline Park Injuries
There are several different factors at play when an injury occurs at a trampoline park. The most common cause of an injury is that the individual simply didn’t land the proper way on the trampoline while jumping. This might mean that he or she:
- Landed on a spring.
- Landed on the edge of the trampoline.
- Lost balance while landing and fell off the trampoline.
- Put too much body weight on a certain part of the body (e.g., the foot). Other causes of trampoline park injuries may be more related to responsibilities that the park itself neglected:
- 1) Double jumping, the term used to describe when more than one person uses the same trampoline at the same time, increases the risk of injury.
- 2) When adults and children use a trampoline at the same time, the risk of injury increases.
- 3) Poorly maintained equipment is another cause of trampoline injuries, and this is the one primary situation where an injured person may be able to file a lawsuit against the trampoline park itself. If the owner of the park does not properly maintain all of the equipment used, the risk of injury increases. It is the responsibility of the park to make sure that all of the equipment is safe enough for jumpers to use.
- 4) Proper supervision is another responsibility of the park in most cases. The owner of the trampoline park should make sure that there is adequate supervision at all times and that jumpers know how to use the trampolines properly and safely. There should always be medical equipment available for the immediate treatment of injuries.
It is not always possible to sue a trampoline park successfully after an injury occurs because the fault does not always lay with the park owner; in many cases, the injury occurred simply because of an accident. It is important to have an experienced personal injury attorney helping you if you or a loved one has been injured at a trampoline park.
The Severity of Resulting Injuries
Some of the injuries that occur are simple enough to be treated with an icepack and some ibuprofen, but many injuries are very severe—even life-threatening—in some cases. According to data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission during the years of 2002-2011,
- Only 4.4% of trampoline-related fractures occurred in the spine, but many of these injuries were very severe. When vertebrae injuries to the lower spine are C7 and C8 injuries—and this can happen with trampoline injuries—paralysis is a possibility.
- When high-cervical nerves are damaged in upper spine injuries (C1-C4), all four limbs can be damaged and quadriplegia becomes a possibility.
- According to the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, the most common types of upper extremity injuries resulting from trampoline accidents occur in the forearm (37% of injuries) and the elbow (19% of injuries).
- According to this same report, the most common types of lower extremity injuries resulting from trampoline accidents occur in the tibia and fibula (39.5% of injuries) and the ankle (31.5% of injuries).
If you or someone you know was injured in a Georgia trampoline park accident, contact the Atlanta personal injury attorneys at The Champion Firm, P.C., for a free consultation. Click here to read more information about trampoline park liability and if you can sue after having.
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