Dangers of Trampoline Parks
Over the past several years, the number of trampoline parks across the United States and particularly in Arkansas has significantly increased. While these can be very fun for children they also present a risk. As the number of these parks increase, the number of injuries sustained at these facilities has skyrocketed. According to a recent study by CBS News’ Ashley Welch conducted between 2010 and 2014, the number of ER visits from injuries suffered at trampoline parks has risen from 581 to 6,932 nationwide.
Injuries suffered at trampoline parks range from ankle and leg injuries typically suffered on a trampolines to collisions between patrons jumping in a crowded area. Unfortunately, many people have also been injured due to poor maintenance of the trampolines due to an owner’s negligence. While you may want to seek legal assistance for any injury suffered at one of these parks, when it is obvious that the owner did not maintain the area where a person was injured, it is particularly important to get legal advice on how you can recover for your injuries or that of your children.
Trampoline parks likely require each patron to execute a release or waiver of liability before a person is allowed to enjoy the facility. Even though these releases can be valid in Arkansas, a release may not bar all types of claims an injured person may bring against a negligent park owner. It is important to have a lawyer review the release carefully to ensure that all of the formalities have been met by the trampoline park, and to investigate if there are other ways to recover for an injury you have suffered. Also, because most parks have cameras with footage that may help prove your case, you will want to have the lawyer intervene soon after the injury to make sure that footage is not lost.
Because these parks are rather new, they are not well regulated across each state for safety. However, there is a list of safety standards that trampoline parks should and are encouraged to follow. If you or your family member is hurt in a trampoline park, even if you signed a waiver before playing in the park, call Rainwater, Holt & Sexton to enlist the help of a personal injury lawyer and make sure your right to recover for your injury is being protected.