Premises Liability: Tips to Avoid Trampoline Injuries

Oklahoma City premises liability lawyers represent individuals injured in an accident on public property or someone else's private property.  The specific types of negligence and accidents leading to a premises liability claim are virtually endless.  Slip and fall accidents, criminal acts, and backyard accidents can all cause serious injury and bring about a personal injury claim supported by the theory of premises liability--an owner's responsibility to maintain a safe environment for visitors to the property.  With spring and summer just around the corner, more and more kids will be spending time outdoors and playing in the yards of friends and neighbors.  It is important that property owners take precautions to ensure the safety of their yards to avoid injury to their young guests.  If you are a trampoline owner, keep in mind that trampoline injuries can be quite severe.  Protect your family and your guests from injury (and protect yourself from a premises liability lawsuit) by implementing safety measures to reduce the risk of trampoline injury. The risk of serious injury from using a trampoline is so great that the American Association of Pediatrics (AAP) says that trampolines should never be used at home or on outdoor playgrounds.  The AAP further asserts that trampolines should have only limited use in strictly supervised indoor programs, such as diving or gymnastics.  Despite the AAP's warnings, approximately three million homes in the United States have a trampoline.  These trampolines are responsible for nearly 250,000 medically treated trampoline injuries each year, according to the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS).  Based on Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommendations, Oklahoma City premises liability attorneys offer these suggestions to help prevent trampoline injury:

  • Do not allow more than one person at a time on the trampoline
  • Do not attempt somersaults or allow trampoline users to attempt somersaults, because of the increased risk of head or neck injury leading to paralysis
  • Use shock absorbing pads to completely cover the trampoline's springs, hooks, and frame
  • Position the trampoline away from trees, structures, and other play areas
  • Do not allow any child under the age of 6 to use a trampoline
  • Do not use ladders with trampolines to avoid unsupervised access by small children
  • Do not allow children to use a trampoline without supervision
  • Use a trampoline enclosure to prevent falls from trampolines
  • Place the trampoline in a pit so the jumping surface is at ground level
The Foundation for Spinal Cord Injury Prevention, Care, and Cure (FSCIP) devotes an entire page of its website to trampoline injuries.  The FSCIP informs readers of the appropriate steps to take if trampoline injuries occur:
  • Consult a lawyer (our Oklahoma City personal injury lawyers can be reached by calling 405-418-8888).
  • Get immediate medical care.  Broken bones may be treated at the emergency room, but if a victim suffers neck or back injury, do not move him--call 911 for emergency medical care.
  • Report the injury to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
  • Document all serious injury and death:  how, when, and where the accident occurred; the manufacturer and serial number of the trampoline; the names of responding emergency medical personnel; the name of the hospital; treating physician, etc.
Personal injury litigation following a trampoline injury not only provides financial compensation for injuries and losses sustained in a premises liability accident, it also increases awareness of potential safety risks and helps strengthen guidelines for safe manufacture and ownership of trampolines.  The FSCIP says, "Responsible litigation of trampoline cases as well as adequate reporting to the CPSC has led to improved safety and standards in regard to trampoline usage and marketing.  Responsible litigation also has frequently resulted in providing adequate economic recovery to provide both life care and lifetime medical expenses for those seriously injured from trampoline accidents." If you or someone you love has been injured in a trampoline accident, find a personal injury lawyer in Oklahoma City for a free consultation of your premises liability or products liability case.

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