Baltimore Personal Injury Lawyers: Increase in Trampoline InjuriesOctober 10, 2016
Trampoline parks seem to be popping up everywhere, with an average of five to six new parks opening each month. With this surge in popularity comes a new wave of injuries, from 581 in 2010 to 6,932 in 2014—which does not include home trampolines. While the American Academy of Pediatrics advise against the recreational use of trampolines, the popularity continues to grow, as do the related injuries.
According to the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, trampolines are responsible for an estimated 100,000 emergency room visits each year. The majority of the patients that were admitted for treatment were those who were injured at trampoline parks. Wall-to-wall trampolines, with excited, energetic children bouncing around and into one another on them are a recipe for disaster.
Injuries Sustained at Trampoline Parks Are More Severe
Dr. Katherine Leaming-Van Zandt, an emergency medicine physician at Texas Children’s Hospital, knows firsthand just how common these injuries are. And the more indoor trampoline parks that open, she warns, the more children are going to be exposed to injuries. In a study published by the journal Pediatrics, the majority of trampoline park injuries were in the lower extremities, including leg fractures, which accounted for 59 percent of emergency room admissions. Most trampoline injuries that took place at home were to the upper extremities. Elbow fractures accounted for 34 percent of hospital admissions, and 18 percent were forearm fractures.
According to Leaming-Van Zandt, the injuries from trampoline parks tend to be more serious because the trampolines allow the children to jump higher, compared to those used at home. This means that the impact to the extremities when landing is greater. Certain safety precautions, like protective padding and nets will help protect against some injuries. Additionally, parents should closely supervise their children at all times.
Maryland Personal Injury Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Obtain Maximum Compensation for Victims of Trampoline Accidents
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured on a trampoline, the Maryland personal injury lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton will help you fight for the financial compensation you deserve. If your injury occurred in a trampoline park, we will thoroughly investigate the details of your case and hold the responsible parties accountable. For a free case review, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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