Trampoline Injuries & Trampoline Injury Prevention Safety The U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) wants you and your family to be safe when using trampolines.Most trampolines injuries were at private homes. The CPSC estimates that in 2001 there were 91,870 hospital emergency room-treated injuries associated with trampolines. About 93 percent of the victims of trampoline injuries were under 15 years of age, and 11 percent were under 5 years of age. Since 1990, CPSC has received reports of 6 deaths of children under age 15 involving trampolines. Trampolines injuries and deaths were caused by: 1.Colliding with another person on the trampoline. 2.Landing improperly while jumping or doing stunts on the trampoline. 3.Falling or jumping off the trampoline. 4.Falling on the trampoline springs or frame. Here are the steps you can take to help prevent serious trampoline injuries, especially spinal cord injuries, paralysis, fractures, sprains, and bruises: 1.Allow only one person on the trampoline at a time. 2.Never allow a person or child to jump from another place onto trampoline, ( roof, tree, house, fence etc…) 3.Do not attempt or allow somersaults because landing on the head or neck can cause paralysis. 4.Do not use the trampoline without shock-absorbing pads that completely cover its springs, hooks, and frame. Place the trampoline away from structures, houses, carports, garages, trees, and other play areas. 5.Do not allow play ona trampoline during rain, snow, or any non-dry conditions 6.No child under 6 years of age should use a full-size trampoline. 7.Do not use a ladder with the trampoline because it provides unsupervised access by small children. 8.Always supervise children who use a trampoline. FACT: Trampoline enclosures can help prevent trampoline injuries from falls off trampolines. In 2003, the first Canadian report to document trampolining injuries & traumas was published. From January 1996 to October 1997, the Winnipeg Children’s Hospital looked at 80 children who had been injured while using a backyard trampoline. The time period covered about eight months of trampolining weather. In many cases, the injured children had been using the trampoline in what was called an “imaginative” way, in one case jumping onto the trampoline from a roof. The report revealed a number of key findings: 1.Trampolining injuries slightly exceeded cycling-related admissions. 2.A parent was supervising in only eight of the 80 trampoline injury cases. 3.At least one other child was jumping on the mat in two-thirds of the cases. 4.Two-thirds of the trampoline injuries occurred on the mat itself. Half of the trampoline injuries occurred at a neighbour’s home. Three-quarters of trampoline inury accidents involve fractures, mostly to the forearm, humerus and elbow. The most serious case was a spinal cord injury to a eight-year-old boy who was paralyzed. New recommendations on Trampoline safety In fact, the safety study shows 75 percent of the injuries happened when more than one person was on a trampoline. The Consumer Product Safety Commission is asking the industry to put that statistic on its warning labels. “CPSC recommends that kids under the age of 6 should never be allowed on a trampoline, period. We’re also telling the industry they need to make sure that the shock absorbing pads are put on the springs all the way around the trampoline,” says the CPSC’s Russ Rader. The American Society for Testing and Material told CNN it plans to vote on the recommendations soon. But Dr. Smith goes a step further. He says trampolines should not be used for play at all — only for supervised training in gymnastics at schools “My advice to parents is, if you’re considering buying a trampoline: don’t. If you have one, get rid of it.” Trampoline Injury Lawsuits If you or a loved one have suffered a serious spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury while using a trampoline, then call and talk to a Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Lawyer, certified by the Texas` Board of Legal Specialization since 1988. This firm has previously represented a young man that broke his neck on a backyard trampoline. Our firm is very familiar with the manufacturer’s strategy of blaming the user and relying on the products warnings on the trampolines to fend off most lawsuits. Call for a Free Case Evaluation at 1-800-883-9858. Nationwide Assistance Available.
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