Jumping on a trampoline is a perennial summertime favorite for kids in New Jersey and across the country. However, the personal injury risks associated with the trampoline are more grave than most parents recognize.
Over the past 10 years, victims injured in trampoline accidents in the United States made more than 1 million visits to emergency rooms nationwide, according to a new study conducted by researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine. The study states that the injury toll between 2002 and 2011 included nearly 289,000 people mostly children and racked up emergency department costs of more than $1 billion, of which $400 million was spent on broken bone injuries.
Some of these victims also suffered serious or lifelong injuries such as spinal cord fractures or traumatic brain injuries. Injuries such as these can be costly and devastating to both the victim and their loved ones. In addition, homeowners could face liability issues if an injury occurs on a trampoline on their property. If a child is injured while jumping, the person who is watching the child, or the owner or occupant of the home, could be held liable for the resulting injuries and damages.
To prevent trampoline injuries, the best method is to avoid them altogether. There are also a number of safety measures parents can take:
The bars in the trampoline should be properly padded; The trampoline should have protective netting; do not allow children under 6 on the trampoline; always supervise the trampoline; do not allow more than one child at a time on the trampoline.
If you or a loved one has been injured on a trampoline, you may be able to file a claim against the homeowner or the trampoline manufacturer. The experienced New Jersey personal injury lawyers at Breslin and Breslin can conduct a free, no-risk case evaluation to determine whether you are eligible for compensation.