Earlier in the week, we talked about a 17-year-old who says he was partially paralyzed after a family outing to a trampoline park. As he slowly recovers, his mother has filed a premises liability lawsuit against the trampoline park, alleging that it was due to the park's failure to put padding along the metal bars and pipes on the edge of the trampoline that her son was injured.
Though it may seem that trampoline parks in the Troy area should be safe to use, many physicians believe that trampoline use is dangerous. In fact, both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons have said that trampolines should never be used at home or in playgrounds. Though neither of these medical associations has weighed in on trampoline parks, the Academy is expected to release an opinion on trampoline parks soon.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that there were over 92,000 trips to the emergency room because of trampoline injuries in 2010. While the Commission did not break down how many of those came from trampoline parks and how many came from home trampoline use, the figure confirms that trampolines can be extremely dangerous.
Even trampoline park owners admit that it is likely they will face a lawsuit while operating a park. One owner said that "the only ones who haven't been sued are the ones who haven't been around for very long." Knowing that their work will inherently come with personal injury and premises liability lawsuits, it is unclear why trampoline park operators haven't worked to make their facilities safer.
New Yorkers know that they shouldn't be injured when going into a business. In fact, many of them know that if they have been injured, they can hold that business liable in an unsafe premises lawsuit. It is only a matter of time before New York trampoline parks will find themselves at the center of a premises liability lawsuit, too.
Source: CNN, "Lawsuits ignite debate over trampoline park safety," Emanuella Grinberg, July 27, 2012
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