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Trampoline parks: Jumping toward danger

In an era where obesity is one of the nation's number one health concerns for both adults and children, many entrepreneurs have been busy finding ways to make exercise fun. One of the new trends sprouting up in Ohio and elsewhere has been indoor trampoline parks. However, with the advent of new recreational and exercise crazes there has been an increase in personal injuries associated with the parks.

Many of the trampoline parks require bouncers (or their parents) to sign a waiver before allowing an individual to jump at their facility. This leads many who have been injured while jumping to think that they have no legal recourse if they are injured at the location. However, this is not necessarily the case. It is always best to consult with an attorney who has experience with premise liability and personal injury claims in order to determine whether or not you or your loved one may be eligible for some form of compensation.

One Washington chain is now facing 18 lawsuits. All of the suits purport that the locations lack proper supervision and fail to enforce the posted rules; primarily, permitting more than one jumper on a trampoline at one time.

For one mother, what should have been a day of fun with her family, quickly changed to a nightmare when she watched her 17-year-old son hit his head on an exposed metal bar. The young man is now partially paralyzed. He is trying to learn how to function independently without assistance from others. He is hoping to be able to "hold a pen and write" by the time school starts next month.

Despite the facility's claims of thorough training for new employees, injuries are still occurring. One attorney representing one of the families stated, "It's not a question of if someone's going to get hurt, it's when someone is going to get hurt."

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

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