The safety of trampoline parks has become a growing concern as their popularity has increased over the last few years. Following several incidents involving serious injuries, there have been a flood of lawsuits against trampoline parks alleging that they are inherently dangerous.
Trampoline park injuries can result in costly medical bills, physical pain, mental anguish, and other devastating losses. If you or a loved one experienced injury at a trampoline park, contact the Houston personal injury lawyers with The Krist Law Firm, P.C. at (281) 283-8500 today to find out if your injuries can be compensated.
Trampoline Park Injuries
Earlier this year, a teenager from Houston was awarded $11,500,000 for injuries he sustained at an indoor trampoline park in 2013. The teenager fractured his skull on concrete when he fell through a torn trampoline at Cosmic Jump. A jury in Harris County found Cosmic Jump grossly negligent and awarded the teenager nearly $5,500,000 in compensatory damages and $6,000,000 in punitive damages, making it the largest verdict against a commercial trampoline park in the United States.
According to the International Association of Trampoline Parks (IATP), there were 345 trampoline parks in North America as of 2014, and another 115 were expected to open by the end of 2015. Between 2002 and 2011, more than 1 million people visited the emergency room due to trampoline related injuries. Additionally, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) found that 22 deaths occurred between 2000 and 2009 due to trampolines. One-third of all trampoline injuries involve broken bones, according to the Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics. Recently, the number of trampoline-related injuries appears to be on the rise. In 2014 alone, there were nearly 286,000 medically treated trampoline injuries.
Safety Standards for Trampolines
The high risk of injury associated with trampolines has led the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) to conclude that trampolines should not be used in home environments or outdoor parks. As of now, the CPSC has not issued safety regulations for commercial trampoline parks, and only two states have laws on the books that address safety standards. The IATP does not have safety standards in place so individual parks are left to establish their own rules and regulations.
The CPSC has found that most injuries and deaths are caused by individuals colliding with one another on a trampoline, landing improperly while jumping or performing stunts, falling or jumping off a trampoline, and falling on trampoline springs or frames. The AAOS found that attempting somersaults and flips on a trampoline is one of the most common causes of permanent and devastating cervical spine injuries. Given that three-fourths of injuries involve two or more children using a trampoline at the same time, commercial trampoline parks can pose a unique risk due to a lack of safety standards, poorly maintained or faulty equipment, inadequate supervision, and insufficient training for staff.
Contact an Experienced Houston Personal Injury Lawyer
If you or your loved one has been in an accident and suffered trampoline park injuries, contact the experienced Houston personal injury lawyers at The Krist Law Firm, P.C. for help. We have over four decades of experience successfully handling virtually every type of personal injury case and we’ll fight to get you the maximum possible compensation for your injuries. Our skilled Houston personal injury lawyers will make sure that you understand all of your options and are informed through every step of your case.
Call us for a free consultation today at (281) 283-8500 to see how we can put our significant experience to work for you.