When you were a kid, you might have had a home trampoline. Whether you traveled to your backyard to bounce or visited the local park with friends, many of us have jumped on a trampoline before. In Connecticut and the tri-state area, trampoline parks are growing in popularity – but injuries are also on the rise. What should parents and families know about the dangers these parks pose?
Local Trampoline Accidents
As NBC Connecticut recently reported, hundreds of student accidents have occurred at trampoline parks across our state. For instance, Flight Fit N Fun in New Britain, CT had 389 reported injuries in 2017.
One 13-year-old girl attempted to do a flip but dove into the trampoline. As a result, she broke her arm and will be missing her upcoming sports seasons.
At Sky Zone in New Jersey, multiple adolescent and adult customers experienced ankle injuries, despite the safety video Sky Zone developed for its clientele.
Trampolines Come with Risks
Across the tri-state region, there have been 1,000 reported trampoline park injuries since 2013. A study conducted by the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center identified a shocking rise in emergency room visits for trampoline injuries: 1,190 percent from 2010 to 2014. Unfortunately, the trampolining industry is largely unregulated.
“Right now, there really are no standards, and that’s why it’s really important to be a member of IATP. They’re a wealth of information for you,” says Flight Fit N Fun owner Ralph Park.
However, the International Association of Trampoline Parks he refers to is not a regulatory body. Park owners can follow their advice for safety rules and tips for monitoring, but nothing can be strictly enforced.
Trampoline parks can be fun for the whole family – when enjoyed safely. At Trantolo & Trantolo, we believe parks that lack safety measures should be held responsible for customer injuries. If you’ve been hurt at a trampoline park, contact our personal injury attorneys today.