Are Trampoline Parks Dangerous?
Trampoline parks can provide hours of fun for families, but they also can be quite dangerous. A recent investigative report from ClickOrlando.com highlights the extent of the problem.
According to the report, injuries from trampoline parks are on the rise. In 2017, almost 18,000 people visited the emergency room because of a trampoline injury, which was a dramatic increase from the 2,500 injuries sustained in the prior 4-year period.
Industry executives claim that the increase in the number of injuries stems from the increased popularity of trampoline parks. They have a point. There were only about 40 parks across the country in 2011, but today there are over 1,200.
Central Florida Trampoline Accidents
Trampoline parks are also popular in this region as well, and many people are injured, such as:
- A middle-aged woman broke her leg and called 911 in July 2017 after trying to jump on the trampoline.
- An 11-year-old child broke his arm and called 911 in February 2018.
- In October 2011, a boy tried to do a backflip but landed on his back. He suffered a cracked neck, which required assistance from the Orlando Fire Department.
- A young girl jumped from a trampoline into a foam pit but ended up hitting her head on the edge of the pit. Trampoline park staff called 911.
Many accidents result in fractures, joint damage, and bruises that require immediate medical attention. In some extreme cases, people even die. An independent report from CBS News found that six people had died in trampoline parks over the past seven years. The state of Florida, however, has not responded. It is one of the few states that does not mandate inspections of its trampoline parks.
Hurdles Before You Can Sue
You might think that if you are injured at a trampoline park you can automatically sue. But there are some hurdles to any legal claim.
For one, jumping on a trampoline carries some inherent risk, which you can easily see. If you choose to try to do a backflip, then you are choosing to engage in a risky activity. Generally, people cannot sue when they assume the risk of injury.
A bigger hurdle are waivers that trampoline parks require their patrons to sign. By signing these waivers, adults are giving up the ability to sue a trampoline park for any injuries caused by its negligence or fault. Trampoline parks then point to these waivers after a lawsuit has been filed.
The public should be aware that not every waiver is valid. Some might not cover the misconduct committed by the trampoline park. Also, these waivers do not prevent a lawsuit if the trampoline itself was defective, which would make the manufacturer and others vulnerable to a lawsuit.
Were You Injured at a Trampoline Park?
The legal liability issues involved in trampoline park injuries are complicated. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury, you should consult with an attorney right away. You might have important legal rights, including the right to compensation to cover medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering.
Please contact Bundza & Rodriguez today. We are experienced Daytona Beach personal injury attorneys that have successfully sued many businesses when customers are injured. Schedule your free consultation today by calling 386-252-5170.