Law Offices in Houston and Bellaire
Call for a Free Initial Consultation
B. L. Jensen, L.P.B. L. Jensen, L.P.
Local: 832-460-3366
Toll Free: 877-297-7414

Se Habla EspaƱol Email Us

The Hidden Dangers Of Trampoline Parks

More and more families in Texas and throughout the country are visiting trampoline parks to celebrate birthdays, have parties or just spend a day out. According to a recent article from NPR, the rising popularity of trampoline parks comes with an increase in injuries.

Emergency Room Visits On The Rise

These so-called safe, padded rooms covered in trampolines beckon youngsters to come and have a good time. However, according to the data collected from the government injury surveillance system, the amount of injuries back in 2010 was 600 and rose to 6,932 in 2014. To put this into perspective, according to the International Association of Trampoline Parks there were an estimated 50 million visits to the ER in North America in just 2015.

The Use Of Trampolines Is Not Recommended

Despite the fact that the American Academy of Pediatrics discourages children from using trampolines, many people still allow their children to play on a trampoline at home. To top it all off, the amount of annual ER trampoline-related injuries remains steady at around 90,000.

However, Kathryn Kasmir, a fellow in pediatric emergency medicine at the University of Connecticut and the Connecticut Children's Medical Center, states that the concern is that more serious injuries happen at trampoline parks than at home. A staggering 9% of all park injuries had to be hospitalized, whereas only 5% from at home trampoline injuries had to be taken to hospital.

Trampoline Park Injuries Are More Severe

However, injuries sustained at trampoline parks tend to be more severe than those at home. Instead of just sprains and fractures, people were going to the hospital with dislocated limbs, especially in the lower extremities. On the other hand, trampoline injuries at home resulted in more upper extremity and head injuries.

Many parents do not realize the extent or damage that trampoline injuries can cause, or even how frequently they happen, states an emergency medicine physician at Texas Children's Hospital, Katherine Leaming-Van Zandt. Moreover, parents may even have a false sense of security, leaving their children's safety in the hands of park employees.

While it is important for kids to get some exercise and have fun, there is no risk-free activity out there, states Kasmir, make sure you teach your children how to play safe and supervise them yourself. If you decide to join in the fun - be careful - 19% of trampoline park injuries were adults.

Trampoline Park Injury Victims May Pursue Compensation

In some situations, victims of trampoline park injuries may have an avenue of recourse and may be able to pursue compensation with the help of an attorney. At the law offices of B.L. Jensen, we help people pursue compensation through personal injury claims. We offer free consultations.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Get A Free Consultation

How Can We Help?

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Brian Jensen

Representation in the Houston Area with 3 Convenient Locations:

Bellaire Office
Frost Bank Building, 6750 West Loop South, Suite 800
Bellaire, TX 77401

Toll Free: 877-297-7414
Phone: 832-460-3366
Fax: 713-665-6818
Bellaire Law Office Map

Houston Office
By Appointment Only
440 Louisiana Street
Suite 2080
Houston, TX 77002

Toll Free: 877-297-7414
Phone: 832-460-3366
Map & Directions

Houston Office
By Appointment Only
14439 Twisted Oak Lane
Houston, TX 77079

Toll Free: 877-297-7414
Phone: 832-460-3366
Map & Directions

  • Super Lawyers
  • Distinguished AV | Peer review rated | for ethical standards and legal ability | LexisNexis Martindale Hubbell
  • Texas board of legal specialization TBLS 1974
  • Board Certified | Texas board of legal specialization | Personal Injury Trial Law
  • Texas trial lawyers association