The recent increase in the number of trampoline parks has raised the concerns of the medical professionals. Many doctors are cautioning parents about the risk of a spinal cord injury when their child is using a trampoline. Even though there has not been any reported back injuries in Texas facilities, there have been severe injuries to children at other similar parks.
One such park has had a customer die after jumping and then landing on his neck. Doctors are openly warning about the potential danger that is closely associated with these activities. Many children have already suffered various broken bones when visiting these indoor parks. Parents, too, have expressed a desire for better safety precautions.
In the past few years, a particular company that operates several parks in Texas has requested emergency responders a total of 30 times at several of their facilities. That company, which is headquartered in another state, did not wish to make public comments concerning the safety standards of their parks. In contrast, the parks that are run by the city, have had much fewer instances of customer injuries. No matter what precautions may be taken, however, many pediatricians are calling for parents to boycott these types of recreation due to the high risk of serious injury to children.
Parents are required to sign liability releases when they bring their children to trampoline parks. However, that has not prevented parents from being able to hold these companies responsible in the event of a serious injury, including a spinal cord injury. Texas families that have had a child or other loved one suffer injury while participating in these types of activities may seek information concerning the process of filing a personal injury claim. Such a claim could possibly allow others to avoid becoming victims by having the responsible parties ensure or enhance additional safety measures.
Source: khou.com, Parents, doctors question safety at trampoline parks, Steve Stoler, Aug. 27, 2013