Many California children love to spend their summers bouncing on the backyard trampoline. While they can certainly be fun, trampolines can be extremely dangerous. In fact, trampoline injuries result in thousands of emergency room visits every year.
A study from Indiana University found that, from 2002 to 2011, there were more than 288,000 bone fractures associated with trampoline accidents. This resulted in more than $1 billion in emergency room costs. The majority of the children who suffer trampoline injuries are under the age of 16. Further, approximately 95 percent of all trampoline injuries occur at the child's home. While the most common injuries are soft-tissue injuries and fractures, approximately 10 percent of emergency room visits are from head and neck injuries.
One common myth is that adding a net to a trampoline makes that trampoline safer. However, this is not the case. The American Academy of Pediatrics argues that trampolines should not be used at home. The only acceptable places for trampolines should be in gyms or in other settings where children can be supervised. These settings do not include indoor trampoline parks, as children are at risk for suffering from falls and from having parents fall on them while they are trying to supervise them.
In addition to causing injuries to children that live on the property, property owners who have a trampoline in the backyard could be held liable if other children suffer injuries from it, even if the children did not have permission to use it. This is because trampolines can be extremely tempting for children who do not understand trespassing laws. If the property owner fails to block access to the trampoline and a child suffers an injury as a result, an attorney for the child's parents could file a premises liability lawsuit against the owner.