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Bouncing back after a trampoline park injury

One of the fastest growing industries in the country is indoor parks including trampoline parks. A far cry from the germ-infested play rooms parents used to find at fast food restaurants, these sprawling facilities offer a variety of equipment where children can run, play and jump in supposed safety under the watchful eyes of trained staff.

If you are a Washington parent, you may eagerly put your spirited children into the car and drive them to the nearest trampoline park on a rainy day so they can burn off some energy. Maybe you even booked an indoor park for your child's birthday party. While these facilities provide a seemingly healthy outlet for your children, you may have been unprepared for the dangers they also harbor.

Lack of oversight

You may feel indoor trampoline parks are an ideal industry. They allow your children room to play and relieve you of having to buy and insure a trampoline of your own. Now, you can visit establishments where your kids can jump in a safe, controlled environment. However, the existing standards for safety and reducing the risk of injury at trampoline parks are merely suggestions, not federal or state law. Accidents with serious injuries may result from any of the following circumstances:

  • Lack of supervision
  • Staff that is untrained to handle emergencies
  • Staff that does not enforce safety rules
  • Inadequate safety training and warnings for patrons
  • Poorly designed equipment
  • Poorly maintained equipment
  • Overcrowded trampolines

As more trampoline parks open across the country, emergency room visits are also on the rise. In 2014, more than 7,000 people visited emergency rooms for injuries suffered at trampoline parks, most of these were children. Many of the injuries involved legs, ankles and feet, but a significant number included head trauma and spinal injuries. If your child suffered such injuries, it likely occurred when numerous people were jumping at once or attempting to perform unsupervised tricks while jumping.

Watching a child suffer the pain of a preventable injury is difficult for a parent. In addition to the emotional toll, you may be dealing with financial burdens from the medical bills. You may feel that because you signed a waiver before utilizing the trampoline park that you have no recourse to seeking compensation. However, consulting with an attorney may help you learn of the options available for your situation.

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