According to U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission data, more than 92,000 people found themselves in an emergency room after a trampoline accident in 2010. While some trampoline injuries are minor and heal quickly, serious injuries such as bone fractures, internal injury or head trauma can occur.
Causes of Trampoline Injury
A trampoline jumper can leap several times his or her own height. As you can imagine, this can lead to injuries, usually when the jumper:
- Collides with or lands on another person
- Lands improperly after a jump or stunt
- Lands on the springs or frame of the trampoline
- Falls or jumps off the trampoline
In many cases, proper safety equipment can help reduce the likelihood of accident. Homeowners who choose to have a trampoline should exercise care for the safety of their household and guests. Recommended safety precautions include:
- Use of safety pads that completely cover the springs, hooks and frame
- Use an enclosure to prevent falls off the trampoline
- Place the trampoline at least six feet from structures, fences, trees and other play areas
- Supervise children who use a trampoline
- Allow only one person to use the trampoline at a time
Legal Negligence and Causation of Injury
Homeowners have a legal obligation to maintain safe premises. With a backyard trampoline, this means taking reasonable steps to make sure the equipment is in good condition and that guests use it properly.
In a personal injury case, you’ll need to show that not only was the homeowner negligent, but also that the negligent action (or inaction) actually caused your injuries. The laws are complex, and every case is different. If a trampoline accident injured you or a loved one, it’s a good idea to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer to see if you should pursue legal action to get compensation for your injuries.