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Trampoline Accidents

trampoline-accidentsDespite their popularity, pediatricians and safety experts warn that home trampolines are "intrinsically dangerous" and should be strongly discouraged. Children love to jump on trampolines and parents love that they help their kids burn energy and keep them busy but the risks seem to strongly outweigh the benefits. While trampoline parks are growing in popularity, sales of home trampolines peaked several years ago. A 2007 study conducted by researchers at Brown Medical School reported that despite a decline in sales, trampoline injuries this decade have doubled compared to last decade. They found that over half a million kids were treated in emergency rooms for home trampoline-related injuries between 2000 and 2005.

Parents may believe that they are making their trampoline safe by adding safety features like complete netting enclosures and padding over the springs but according to pediatricians they don't actually significantly decrease the risk of injury. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, The Canadian Pediatric Society, and the Canadian Academy of Sports Medicine have all issued similar statements discouraging recreational and playground use of trampolines, citing safety concerns. The American Academy of Pediatrics' statement on trampoline safety published in the journal Pediatrics does acknowledge that trampolines "...have an acceptable role when used as part of a structured athletic training program with appropriate coaching, supervision, and safety measures in place."

Trampoline Accident Statistics

The National Electronic Injury Surveillance report for 2009 estimates that there were 98,000 trampoline-related injuries that year; the injuries resulted in 3,100 hospitalizations. Those numbers are down from 3,300 hospitalizations and 112,000 injuries in 2004.

About 75 percent of trampoline injuries occur when more than one person is jumping on the trampoline.

Kids five and under are usually at greater risk for significant injury in a trampoline accident. Many of these accidents happen under adult supervision.

Although fractures and dislocations make up 48 percent of all trampoline injuries, other common injuries include sprains, strains, and contusions.

Falls from a trampoline caused 27 percent to 39 percent of all injuries; falls can be catastrophic, resulting in head and neck injuries.
Head and neck injuries account for 10 percent to 17 percent of all trampoline accidents.

Common Trampoline Injuries

  • Broken arms and legs
  • Concussions
  • Lacerations
  • Abdominal injuries

Trampoline Safety Tips

  • One jumper at a time
  • No somersaults
  • Adult supervision

Many parents simply do not understand the risks associated with jumping on a trampoline nor the liability that comes with allowing other children to jump on your trampoline. Many home insurance policies exclude coverage for trampoline injuries or mandate that they are within enclosed areas with restricted access.

In their defense, trampoline makers say the pediatricians' statement is based on old data from before safety nets were common and fails to acknowledge the valuable health benefits associated with trampoline use. Today about 85 percent of the approximately 900,000 home trampolines sold are purchased with a safety net. Jumping on a trampoline is a great way to get exercise, which is sorely lacking for too many children in the last decade.

If you or a loved one were injured in an accident, you have enough to deal with. Let an experienced accident attorney fight for the full compensation that you deserve. It is not uncommon to receive a settlement from the insurance company that is two to three times bigger with the help of a lawyer. Call the caring accident attorneys at Tario & Associates, P.S. today for a FREE consultation! You will pay nothing up front and no attorney fees at all unless we recover damages for you!

Amusement Park Accidents

amusement-park-accidentsSummer has long been associated with hot, dusty days spent riding the rides at amusement parks. Children relish the thrill of the roller coaster and the tilt-a-whirl while parents have memories of getting sick on the rides as youngsters. Whether it is a travelling amusement park or a year-round themed park, amusement park accidents are a real threat to the fun. Some rides have caused very serious or life-altering injuries and many times ride operators are unskilled summer workers who are not adequately trained or paid.

 

Amusement Park Accident Statistics

According to the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there were approximately 8,800 people who sought treatment for amusement park injuries in emergency rooms in 2006. It is estimated that 4,400 children are hurt each year on amusement park rides, but only 1.5 percent of those injuries are serious enough to require hospitalization. Between 1990 and 2000, approximately 93,000 children under the age of 18 were treated in emergency rooms for injuries incurred at amusement parks or traveling carnivals.
Children account for about 50 percent of all amusement park injuries, with kids between ten and 14 years old sustaining the most injuries of any age group with 17.9 percent of all reported injuries. Children are also the victims in three quarters of those accidents that involve a rider falling or forcefully ejected from an amusement park ride. Between 1987 and 2000, 51 people were killed on amusement park rides; roller coasters accounted for 16 deaths and whirling rides for 11 deaths.

Amusement Park Ride Injuries

Catastrophic amusement park ride injuries include:

  • traumatic brain injuries
  • neck or spine injuries
  • broken bones
  • internal injuries
  • crush injuries
  • amputations
  • electrocution
  • whiplash
  • brain hemorrhages
  • paraplegia/quadriplegia
  • death

Causes of Amusement Park Accidents

A great personal Injury attorney will understand and evaluate every possible cause of an injury. Common causes of amusement park accidents include everything from operator error, mechanical or design flaw or failure, design defects or limitations, loose, worn, or rusty cables, nuts or bolts, faulty or inadequate safety features, improper height or weight calculations or restrictions, and exposed electrical wires. Environmental factors such as proximity to salt water and high temperatures must also be taken into consideration when evaluating damage to rides that could have caused the accident.

Liability for Damages

In an amusement park accident, you are likely looking at a combination of product liability, negligence, and premises liability law. If you or a loved one has suffered a catastrophic injury in an amusement park ride accident or carnival accident you should seek the help of an experienced amusement park accident attorney who will investigate the cause of the accident and fight for damages on your behalf.
Like many businesses, most amusement parks and carnival operators will not settle a claim unless they are sued. Never agree to settle a claim without the help of an accident lawyer who will help you settle in your favor.

If you or a loved one were injured in an accident, you have enough to deal with. Let an experienced accident attorney fight for the full compensation that you deserve. It is not uncommon to receive a settlement from the insurance company that is two to three times bigger with the help of a lawyer. Call the caring accident attorneys at Tario & Associates, P.S. today for a FREE consultation! You will pay nothing up front and no attorney fees at all unless we recover damages for you!

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