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The dangers of trampolines

Some New York parents may be unaware that a number of children younger than 16 are injured on trampolines each year. According to one study, between 2002 and 2011, playing on trampolines resulted in more than 288,000 fractures. The total cost in emergency room visits as a result of trampoline-related injuries was estimated to be around $1 billion.

The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that trampoline injuries include fractured legs, ankles, wrists, forearms and elbows along with injuries to soft tissue, bruises and sprains. Children also may suffer head and neck injuries.

While many of these injuries occur on trampolines people have at home, injuries also occur at indoor trampoline parks. In some of these injuries, adults who are on the trampoline to supervise children may cause the injury by falling on the child. The AAP recommends that trampolines only be used during supervised diving or gymnastics training.

If a child or adult is injured on a trampoline that is on another party's property, whether it is private property or a trampoline park, the owner of the property may be liable in the injury. This means that the owner might be financially responsible for medical bills and other expenses. If a person is injured while training for gymnastics or other sports, the organization in charge of the training might also have some liability. A person injured on a trampoline might want to speak to an attorney about the situation. While it may be a fairly straightforward case in which the insurance company of the responsible person or entity pays for the costs, in other cases, there could be a dispute. Furthermore, people who hit their heads, even if the injury does not seem serious at first, should be aware that symptoms could be delayed if a more serious brain injury has occurred.

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