3 Common Reasons for Trampoline Injury Lawsuits
A Guide to Pursuing Legal Action for Trampoline Injuries in Wisconsin
The backyard trampoline is a common sight all over America. Many parents buy trampolines thinking they will be healthy fun for their children, but trampolines are notoriously dangerous when used carelessly, or when improperly assembled or maintained. So dangerous, in fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends against having a trampoline at home.
Why It’s Important to Have an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney for Trampoline Injury Cases
Trampoline injuries often happen while a child is playing at a friend’s house, at camp or at a trampoline park. Determining who is at fault for a trampoline injury can be complicated. A skilled attorney will consider all the evidence to decide if you have a case and, if so, who should be held responsible for the injury.
Three Common Scenarios in Trampoline Injury Lawsuits
- Businesses with trampolines for children to play on are required to carry liability insurance to cover the medical costs of any injuries incurred while using their equipment. They also have attorneys to handle injury cases. If you want reimbursement for your medical costs, you absolutely need someone who “speaks the language” of personal injury law and will not cave into any lowball settlement offer made by the business’s attorney.
- If the injury occurred at a neighbor’s house, be aware that homeowners' insurance may or may not cover trampoline injuries. In situations like this, it is always advisable to have an experienced personal injury attorney contact the homeowner’s insurance agency, as the details and language used in these policies can seem quite complex to anyone not familiar with this type of legalese.
- If the injury can be attributed to a flaw in the design or manufacture of the trampoline, you should know our Madison personal injury attorneys have extensive experience pursuing product liability lawsuits against the makers of defective and dangerous products.
Whatever the situation surrounding the trampoline injury you or your child has sustained, the Madison personal injury lawyers of Warshafsky Law will stop at nothing to ensure you are fully compensated for the injury. Unlike “sign and settle” law firms that are quick to accept lowball offers of settlement from insurance companies so they can get back to the golf course, Warshafsky Law prepares every case as though it will go to trial, and we don’t back down from fighting the good fight. Just take a look at some of the Society Changing Judgments we have effected for our clients.
Trampoline Injury Statistics
In 2014 alone, there were over 100,000 trampoline-related injuries in the United States—and those are just the ones reported. The most common injuries are fractures and sprains. One of the most common injuries occurs when one child is coming down on the trampoline as another is lifting off. This has resulted in injuries as severe as leg fractures in young children. Even more serious, many children have been paralyzed and there have been at least six trampoline-related deaths since 1990.
Many parents and children underestimate the dangers of jumping on a trampoline. Common trampoline-related injuries include:
- Knee injury
- Neck injury
- Back injury
- Foot, ankle, or leg injury
- Brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
Luckily, these injuries rarely result in death. However, any of these injuries, especially a brain or spinal cord injury, could have life-long repercussions.
Most common causes of trampoline injuries:
- Colliding with someone else on the trampoline
- Failed attempt at gymnastics style flips
- Falling off the trampoline or into the springs or metal frame surrounding the trampoline
- Landing on a trampoline when someone else is bouncing off of it, resulting in an unyielding surface which can cause sprained or broken ankles or legs
If your child has been seriously injured in a trampoline incident, there may well be grounds for filing a personal injury lawsuit to get reimbursement for your medical expenses and for ongoing care. This is where having an experienced Madison personal injury attorney from Warshafsky Law can make all the difference.
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Before you accept any settlement check sent to you by an insurance company, take advantage of a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our Madison personal injury attorneys. We will give you an honest assessment of your case and outline what is involved in pursuing a personal injury lawsuit. You can then decide if you want us to represent you.
For those who have a trampoline at home or are concerned about their children playing at the house of a friend where there is a trampoline, we offer the following safety tips:
Home Trampoline Safety Tips
Following these simple tips can help reduce the chance of a trampoline-related injury:
- Don’t jump on an old trampoline with missing or corroded springs or a flimsy frame
- Don’t use a trampoline without a frame pad that covers the springs and frame on the outer perimeter of the trampoline
- Don’t jump anywhere on the trampoline but in the center
- Don’t let children bounce on the trampoline without adult supervision
- Don’t let more than one person on the trampoline at a time
- Don’t allow children under the age of 6 to use the trampoline
- Don’t go beyond your ability with flips and somersaults unless you are working with a coach to guide you
- Don’t leave your trampoline open so that children in the neighborhood can jump on it without supervision. A fence or other enclosure around it is a good idea, and some homeowner insurance policies actually require a fence around a home trampoline to limit access to it.