With technology around every corner, you certainly want your children to have the ability to enjoy activities outdoors and away from screens. Of course, rather than letting them run wild, you undoubtedly take the time to ensure that their activities will remain both beneficial and safe. Unfortunately, you cannot always keep your eyes on your kids, especially when they play at someone else’s home.
Children commonly frequent their friends’ homes for playdates, sleepovers, birthday parties and other activities. Because you know the parents, you may feel comfortable dropping your child off for a few hours with a friend so they can enjoy time together. However, if a friend has a trampoline at his or her home, you may want to think twice before leaving your child.
Trampolines = injuries
Though trampolines can seem like fun, they are actually substantially dangerous for recreational use. Still, most people have seen young children — often more than one at a time — jumping away on these objects that many people mistakenly consider toys. Even with the proper safety measures in place, like screens and padding, children can still suffer serious injuries while using a trampoline.
Why injuries occur
The risk of injury increases when more than one person uses a trampoline at a time. With multiple people jumping around, even children, they can land on top of, collide with or hit each other. If one person uses the trampoline at a time, that individual could still land incorrectly after jumping or flipping, which could lead to neck or head injuries. Your child could even fall off the trampoline entirely, landing on the hard ground below.
Additionally, if the owner has not properly maintained the trampoline or has placed it on slanted ground or in another dangerous location, the risk of injuries may increase. Trampolines can easily flip over when on uneven ground and with uneven weight distributions.
If your child suffers serious injuries after using a trampoline on someone else’s property, you may feel the need to file a lawsuit in order to pursue compensation for medical expenses and other damages. A premises liability suit may fit the situation if the property owner did not properly maintain the trampoline or otherwise contributed to its unsafe nature. In order to better understand your options in such a case, you may want to speak with an attorney.