Trampolines bounced onto the scene over twenty years ago and have become extremely popular in recent years. Along with the popularity of trampolines has come a huge number of injuries, some very serious, related to these backyard staples. What has been perceived as wholesome, healthy fun can actually be quite dangerous. A full-size trampoline can bounce someone up to 20 feet in the air, depending on height and weight. That is as high as a two story building, so imagine the pain and injury that could involved with falling that far.
Landing in an awkward position or falling off the trampoline can lead to fractures, head injuries, dislocations, sprains, and bruises. There have been reported cases of trampoline-related paralysis and even death. According to Dr. Eric Watson of the Orthopedic Institute, fractures most often occur in the arms and elbow, but knees and ankles are susceptible to injuries, also. The most serious injuries often occur when athletes such as divers, gymnasts and cheerleaders are using the trampoline for training or conditioning.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, trampoline injuries nearly tripled in less than a decade from an estimated 37,500 in 1991 to well over 100,000 in 2001. Currently, there are approximately 246,875 medically treated trampoline injuries each year in the United States. The commission has received reports of 11 deaths relating to trampoline use since 1990, and those victims ranged in age from 3 to 43. Six of those victims were between the ages of 12 and 19. Most trips to the ER are the result of colliding with other jumpers, falling on the trampolines springs or frame, falling off the trampoline or attempting somersaults and other dangerous stunts.
If there is a flaw in the design of a trampoline or a defect of some kind, injuries can be very serious.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective product in Mobile or anywhere in Alabama, please contact the experienced defective product attorneys at Long & Long, Attorneys at Law today to schedule your confidential consultation.