Trampolines can be a source of enjoyment for children. However, Georgia parents should know that these fun devices can cause injuries serious enough to warrant a visit to an emergency room. According to a study from Indiana University, between the years of 2002 and 2011, approximately 288,876 fractures were caused by the use of trampolines. Over $1 billion worth of emergency room visits resulted from trampoline injuries.
For children under the age of 16, dislocation and fractures were the most common injuries associated with trampolines. The American Academy of Pediatrics reported that the home is the site of 95 percent of trampoline injuries.
Fractures typically occur in the wrists, elbows, forearms, ankles and legs. The most frequently occurring trampoline injuries are bruises, damage to soft tissue and sprains. At least 10 percent of visits to the emergency room are related to neck and head injuries. According to one doctor, trampolines pose a danger even when netting is used. Some propose that trampolines should be used only in certain settings for supervised practice for diving or gymnastics.
While individuals can be harmed at home when using a trampoline, doctors also see patients who sustain significant injuries at indoor trampoline parks. These injuries result not only from a child falling, but also from parents who are actually in the trampoline house to supervise.
A personal injury attorney may pursue financial damages on behalf of clients who sustained injuries on unsafe premises, such as an apartment complex, residential home or shopping center. A lawsuit may be filed under premises liability law against a property owner for hazardous conditions that resulted in broken bones, head injuries or permanent disability. The hazardous conditions may include slippery or wet floors, inadequate security, insufficient lighting or maintenance issues.