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Crosley Law Firm: San Antonio and Texas Trampoline Injury Lawyers
We Fight for Trampoline Injury Victims and Their Families!
Jumping on a trampoline might seem like a fun or even healthy activity, but trampoline parks can cause serious and life-threatening injuries. When you combine the dangers of multiple people bouncing high into the air with neglected equipment and halfhearted supervision by low-paid teenagers, you end up with a recipe for disaster.
At Crosley Law, we represent victims and the families of those who suffer serious trampoline injuries. If you’ve been hurt at a trampoline park or bounce house, you can schedule a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable, experienced attorneys. Fill out a simple contact form or call our offices at 210-LAW-3000 | 210-529-3000. We can help you understand your rights and what your best course of action is moving forward.
Below, we have more information about trampolines, common trampoline park injuries, and injury lawsuits that may be helpful if you have been injured.
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The Menchaca Client Story:
A teenage boy sustained a traumatic brain injury at an indoor trampoline park. It was the first day of summer in Houston and our 16-year-old client looked forward to an afternoon of fun and activity at Cosmic Jump, a local trampoline park. Instead, he fell victim to a traumatic brain injury that changed his life forever.
Trampolines Are Inherently Dangerous and Cause Injuries
Pediatricians and orthopedic surgeons have warned us about trampoline injuries for years. The American Academy of Pediatrics issued its first warning about trampoline use in 1977. While the number of residential trampolines has dropped over the past few years, trampoline parks have exploded in popularity. You might think a commercial park will be better maintained and safer than a backyard trampoline, but this isn’t always true.
In 2015 alone, there were 295,000 medically-treated trampoline injuries. Almost half of these injuries required an emergency room visit, and children are the most common victims. Trampolines cause serious injuries such as:
- Broken bones, especially in the legs, arms, and sternum
- Neck and spine injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Vertebral artery dissection and trauma
Doctors compare serious trampoline park injuries to war injuries and vehicle crash injuries. Physicians at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center are becoming increasingly concerned with the intensity and number of trampoline park injuries. Dr. Adam Phillips called them, “life-altering injuries, the type you would see from high-speed crashes or someone falling off a 30-foot cliff.”
Trampoline Parks and Bounce Houses Aren’t Any Safer Than Trampolines at Home
Trampoline parks and bounce house facilities are one of the fastest growing sectors of the amusement industry. In early 2011, about 35 indoor trampoline parks existed across the country. By April of 2014, there were over 280, including dozens in Texas. Today, there are almost a dozen trampoline and inflatable parks in San Antonio alone.
Texas does not regulate trampoline parks. This means that there aren’t any standard safety protocols or operating procedures to protect your safety at these facilities.
Some bounce house and trampoline park owners are responsible and carefully maintain and operate their businesses, but others are less meticulous. We saw the impact of negligent maintenance firsthand when we handled one of the country’s first and largest trampoline park cases.
Evidence also suggests that trampolines are less reliable today than in the past. According to the International Trampoline Industry Association, trampolines made in 2004 have an average usable life of five years. In 1989, they had double that expected lifespan. Warranties have also decreased in length, especially for the padding that surrounds the springs and frames. In other words, if the business isn’t regularly checking their equipment, things will go wrong.
How Can I Protect My Family From Trampoline Injuries?
Even the “safest” trampoline is dangerous. Studies show that safety measures like netting, perimeter enclosures, and padding have not led to a significant decline in trampoline injuries. And many medical experts are concerned about what — if anything — we can do to make the parks safer.
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While avoiding trampoline parks is your best option to avoid injuries, if you decide to use a park, you should always follow these safety tips:
- Children under the age of six should never use trampolines due to their increased risk of serious injury.
- Only one person should jump on a trampoline at a time.
- Closely supervise your children and loved ones.
- Don’t attempt flips or other tricks.
- Avoid peak hours when parks are busy and your child is more likely to collide with another patron.
- Report safety violations and concerns to the park’s management as soon as you notice them.
If you’re concerned about the safety of a trampoline or bounce house at all, you should not use it.
If the worst should happen and you or a loved one suffer a trampoline injury, seek immediate medical care. This is particularly important if head or neck trauma is involved. A child’s brain is particularly susceptible to trauma, and even non-concussive impacts can damage the brain’s white matter. Once your loved one’s immediate medical needs are addressed, you should contact an experienced trampoline injury lawyer at Crosley Law as soon as possible.
Trampoline Park Injury Changes a Life Forever
Crosley Law: Leaders in Trampoline Injury Claims
Crosley Law has extensive experience with trampoline injury cases and are recognized leaders in the field. In fact, Tom Crosley was named Co-Chair for the American Association for Justice’s Trampoline Injury Practice Group in 2018. We know what to expect from trampoline parks, and we fight for victims.
To learn more about our approach to trampoline injury claims, schedule a free consultation. Simply complete our online form or call us at 210-LAW-3000 | 210-529-3000. We look forward to speaking with you.
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (2017, July 19). Orthopaedic surgeons warn parents and young children about the dangers of trampolines. AAOS. Retrieved from http://newsroom.aaos.org/patient-resources/prevent-injuries-america/trampoline-safety.htm
American Academy of Pediatrics. (2012, September 24). Policy statement: Trampoline safety in childhood and adolescence. Pediatrics: Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Retrieved from http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2012/09/19/peds.2012-2082.full.pdf
Fieldsted, P. (2013, March 10). Doctors concerned about trampoline park injuries. Daily Herald. Retrieved from http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/doctors-concerned-about-trampoline-park-injuries/article_a1bb87cc-4990-5420-aa90-8fb802539173.html
Park, A. (2016, October 24). How one season of football affects a child’s brain. Time. Retrieved from http://time.com/4539398/football-concussion-brain-trauma/
Sarris, T. (2014, April). Indoor trampoline parks are “springing” up everywhere! Play Meter Magazine. Retrieved from http://www.indoortrampolineparks.org/assets/docs/playmeter%20sarris%20article.pdf
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