Many parents purchase trampolines for their children thinking it would provide hours of exercise and outdoor fun for them. Even though trampolines can motivate children to move and become more active, many parents are unaware of the potential dangers they pose. In the year 2006, the Consumer Product Safety Review reported that over 109,522 injuries were caused by trampoline accidents. The American Academy of Pediatrics goes so far as to recommend to parents not to allow their children on trampolines due to the catastrophic injuries they can cause.
The majority of the injuries caused on trampolines are due to two or more bouncers on the trampoline at the same time. What many parents do not realize is that if there is more than one person on the trampoline, it turns the trampoline’s jumping surface from a flexible to inflexible surface that can throw or propel a jumper off of the trampoline. Other injuries are due to children bumping into each other, falling off of the trampoline, falling onto the springs or frame, or landing improperly.
Many of the trampoline injuries that are treated in emergency rooms are lacerations or deep cuts, head trauma, brain injury, broken bones, broken necks or fractured spine, loss of an eye, corneal lacerations or blindness, paraplegia, quadriplegia, skull fractures, cracked or knocked out teeth and even death.
If you have a trampoline or your child is going to go on a trampoline, here are a few helpful tips to help prevent trampoline injuries:
- Only allow one jumper on the trampoline at one time
- Always supervise any one that is using the trampoline
- Do not allow small children, under the age of 6, to use the trampoline
- Do not allow somersaults or back flips that could cause the jumper to land wrong and suffer from a broken neck or broken back
- Do not have a ladder near the trampoline that would allow small children to access the trampoline
- Make sure the trampolines frame, hooks and springs are well padded
- Do not place the trampoline under trees, structures or tents
- Consider purchasing a netted enclosure to prevent falls off of the trampoline and onto the hard grass or ground
Trampolines can be a fun way for children to exercise and have fun but if proper safety precautions are not followed, your child could be seriously injured on a trampoline. Our experienced personal injury lawyers here at the Philadelphia Beasley Law Firm are well aware of all of the potential hidden dangers trampolines have. Our experienced childhood injury team consists of lawyers, doctors and emergency trauma nurses who have actually treated and cared for patients who were injured while using a trampoline. If you or your child was injured while on a trampoline or Moon Bounce while at home, a neighbor’s house, school, camp, party, recreational center or vacation resort, please feel free to contact one of our experienced trampoline injury lawyers, doctors or nurses at 1.888.823.5291 for a strictly confidential and free consultation.