High-flying trampoline parks and the dangers they posses, part I
The people of Albany may have noticed an increasing number of trampoline parks in New York and thought about checking them out. People may assume that because there is a business that is designed around trampolines and jumping on trampolines that it must be relatively safe. After all, if it wasn't a safe activity, how could businesses succeed? Unfortunately, there are a significant number of people who have been injured at trampoline parks across the country.
New Yorkers can expect that they will be safe and won't be injured by a business. Whether it is walking into a store to go shopping or high flying at a trampoline park, customers should feel safe in a business. When they are injured, however, they may be able to file a premises liability lawsuit because of unsafe premises.
That is what the mother of a 17-year-old boy recently did. Her son had been at a trampoline park with his family for his sister's birthday when he hit his head and neck on the edge of a trampoline. The boy was left partially paralyzed and has been slowly relearning many of the basic things that he previously could do without much thought. One of his goals is to be able to hold a pen and write by the time school starts in September.
This recovery only comes after a three-week hospitalization. The teenager had to miss two months of school and had a battery of doctor's appointments following his discharge. He needed considerable therapy to repair some of the damage to his central nervous system and may need even more in the months and years to come. It remains to be seen what effect his spinal cord injuries will have on his long-term health.
Later in the week, we will look at just what some of the people in the medical and consumer safety fields are saying about trampoline parks and their safety.
Source: CNN, "Lawsuits ignite debate over trampoline park safety," Emanuella Grinberg, July 27, 2012
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