We Fight for Trampoline Injury Victims and Their Families!
The concept of a trampoline park sounds thrilling: bounce and play on wall-to-wall trampolines, doing flips, navigating obstacle courses, and (most importantly for parents) burning off excess energy.
However, the reality of trampoline park safety is grim. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported more than 300,000 medically treated trampoline injuries in 2018, and 110,000 required an emergency room visit. More than 90% of these injuries involved children.
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 jump park, 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.
Keep reading to learn more about trampolines, common trampoline-related injuries, and our law firm’s approach to these complicated injury claims.
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Trampolines Parks and Indoor Playgrounds Cause Catastrophic Injuries
Pediatricians and orthopedic surgeons have warned the public about trampoline injuries for years. The American Academy of Pediatrics issued its first warning about trampoline use in 1977. Trampolines cause serious injuries such as:
- Broken bones, especially in the legs, arms, and sternum
- Neck and spine injuries
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and concussions
- Vertebral artery dissection and trauma
- Sprains, strains, and other soft tissue injuries
Sometimes, trampoline-related injuries are fatal.
The number of residential trampolines has dropped in recent years, but at the same time, trampoline parks, indoor playgrounds, and inflatable 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.
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Trampoline park injuries are often more severe than injuries that occur on home trampolines. According to a 2019 study, while fractures and dislocations make up 44% of home trampoline injuries, 55% of trampoline park injuries involve a broken bone or dislocation. Statistically, children suffer significantly higher rates of lower extremity fractures at the parks than at home.
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 comprise 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 more than a dozen trampoline and inflatable parks in San Antonio alone, and the nationwide totals are growing at a rate of about six new parks a month.
Neither the State of Texas nor the federal government regulates trampoline parks, so there aren’t any standard safety protocols or operating procedures to protect your safety at these parks. You can only hope that the owners and their (often poorly paid) employees are properly maintaining the facilities and prioritizing safety over profits.
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. Our client, a teenage boy, suffered life-threatening injuries after falling through a badly ripped trampoline and struck the concrete floor below.
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.
How Can I Protect My Family After a Trampoline Injury?
All trampolines are dangerous, even those with so-called safety features. 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.
If the worst should happen and you or a loved one suffers a trampoline injury, seek immediate medical care. This is particularly important if head or neck trauma is involved. A child’s brain is highly 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.
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Complicated Trampoline Cases Require Expertise and Experience
Trampoline park owners want to hide behind liability waivers and legal defenses, trying to avoid responsibility for victims’ injuries. At Crosley Law, we’ve been at the forefront of trampoline injury law for years, helping victims get the compensation and answers they deserve. Tom Crosley was a founding co-chair of the American Association for Justice’s Trampoline Injury Litigation Group, and he routinely educates other lawyers about the complexities of trampoline injury claims. We know what to expect from trampoline parks, and we know how to fight for victims.
Our trampoline park injury attorneys take a cutting-edge and client-centered approach to personal injury claims, preserving evidence, connecting with the right experts, and educating our clients about all of their legal options. We prepare every case as if it’s going to trial, and we’re not afraid to present our clients’ claims to a jury. If you’d like to learn more about our team and tactics, schedule a free, no-risk consultation. We’ll listen to your story and give you practical advice.
Crosley Law: Leaders in Trampoline Injury Law
If a trampoline park’s negligence caused injuries to you or a loved one, we’re here to help. The trampoline injury lawyers at Crosley Law are nationally recognized leaders in the field, and we can help you get the answers and accountability you deserve.
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 Pe diatrics. Retrieved from http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2012/09/19/peds.2012-2082.full.pdf
Doty, J., Voskuil, R., Davis, C., Swafford, R., Gardner, W., 2nd, Kiner, D., & Nowotarski, P. (2019). Trampoline-Related Injuries: A Comparison of Injuries Sustained at Commercial Jump Parks Versus Domestic Home Trampolines. The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 27(1), 23–31. https://doi.org/10.5435/JAAOS-D-17-00470
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
Kasmire, K., Rogers, S., & Sturm, J. (2016, August). Trampoline park and home trampoline injuries. Pediatrics. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2016-1236
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