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Trampoline park injuries spark lawsuits

Activities and sports using trampolines are gaining popularity, but many families who have relatives that have sustained injuries are filling lawsuits against trampoline park facilities.

Originally, the trampoline was used for training purposes, exercise, balance development and more. Now, the item is popular for fun and sports. However, severe injuries can be sustained by users even when they are careful, especially in a recent case involving a 17-year-old boy.

The teen is working on putting his life back together after a trampoline accident left him with severe injuries to his spinal cord. The accident occurred on the premises of a trampoline center in another state. The boy’s mother is claiming the facility is responsible for the injuries. Her lawsuit is one of 18 that are seeking or have sought damages against the center.

Now, the teen must once again learn to do simple tasks without the assistance of his mother. The accident also caused him to lose his fine motor skills, including how to write using a pen.

The center has settled a number of the lawsuits and some are currently pending, yet more are on they way, according to media reports. Claims from families accuse the trampoline facility of being a safety hazard because of the dangerous way they are supervised, designed and maintained.

However, lawsuits are common for most trampoline centers that are not brand new. Some park owners have argued that people are more likely to be injured playing football. Still, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended in 2006 that trampolines never be used in the home, in school classes or on playgrounds.

Source: CNN, “Lawsuits ignite debate over trampoline park safety,” Emanuella Grinberg, July 27, 2012

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