When Leaps & Bounds Lead to Broken Bones
June 12, 2017
Trampolines are responsible for causing roughly 100,000 injuries per year. From 2002 to 2011, these summertime toys sent more than 1 million people to hospital emergency rooms. Approximately 95% of trampoline-related injuries occur within private homes. However, this is shifting as the number of trampoline parks rises and now exceeds more than 200 locations nationwide. If you or a family member was seriously injured in an accident, call a Las Vegas personal injury attorney at Cogburn Law Offices today for a free case consultation.
Strains, sprains, concussions, and contusions are the most common injuries. Nearly 40% of these types of personal injuries are caused by falling from the trampoline.
Of the 1 million people who were injured between 2002 and 2011, nearly 300,000 suffered broken bones. Nearly 60% of broken bones occur to the upper extremities, while 36% occur to the lower extremities. The most commonly broken bones are the forearm, elbow, tibia, and ankle.
Approximately 3.5% of broken bones are suffered in the skull, face, or ribs. While falls account for many of the broken bones children suffer, a greater number occur when children bump into each other while jumping on the trampoline.
Roughly 1 in every 200 injuries will cause permanent neurological damage. Broken bones involving the spinal column account for 1% of all injuries.
Children are at Considerable Risk
Children under the age of 6 represent 15% of all patients treated for trampoline-related injuries and nearly 37% of those taken to emergency rooms are under the age of 12.
Of those who suffered fractures between 2002 and 2011, nearly 93% were children under the age of 16.
Pursuing Damages for Trampoline Caused Injuries
When an individual is injured in a trampoline-related accident, they may be able to pursue damages against the owner or operator of the trampoline for their injuries. These entities may be liable for negligence if they do not exercise due care to ensure the safe usage of the trampoline.
For example, the owner of a trampoline or operator of a trampoline park may be liable for not providing proper supervision, improperly maintaining the trampoline or creating a hazard by allowing too many people to use the trampoline at one time. A Las Vegas accident lawyer can help establish the causes and factors that were involved in leading to the injury.
Additionally, a trampoline manufacturer may be held liable for manufacturing a product with a defect that causes subsequent injury such as a mat that tears below the recommended weight limit, or a spring that snaps and causes lacerations, etc.