Any parent considering taking their children somewhere new for the first time will understandably be concerned about the safety of that place. This is why parents want to know about the potential dangers of trampoline parks before letting their kids loose inside one. The good news is that a well-organised trampoline park is not a particularly dangerous place for children to be, but likewise, a poorly-organised park certainly presents the potential for injuries.
What can go wrong at a trampoline park?
First of all, young children, older children and teenagers should be kept separate from one another to reduce the risk of collisions and associated injuries. A teenager will usually weigh a lot more than a young child, which means if there is a collision there is a good chance the younger child will sustain an injury. That injury could be concussion, a whiplash-type neck injury, broken or fractured bones, or a laceration to the head or face.
Similar injuries can also be sustained by falling from a trampoline onto the floor. This is certainly one of the more prevalent dangers of trampoline parks, and is why it is so necessary to have soft flooring surrounding all of the trampolines. Some trampoline parks also have lower-level trampolines especially for very young children, so that there is no significant drop should they fall off.
Other dangers of trampoline parks
A trampoline is a piece of equipment which must be put together properly for it to be as safe as possible. Should a section of a trampoline become loose or damaged, this could cause an injury. It is for this reason that proper maintenance must be carried out by the management, and each and every trampoline should be checked on a regular basis.
This same level of maintenance should be conducted throughout the whole facility, including the reception, eating and drinking areas, toilets, and even the area around the building the trampoline park is in.
Is a compensation claim possible?
If your child was hurt at a trampoline park because of the suspected negligence of the people running it, a compensation claim is certainly possible. You can find out more by calling Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. We have expert staff standing by to listen to what happened to you, and let you know what your options are as far as making a no-win, no-fee* compensation claim is concerned.
Date Published: February 15, 2017
Author: Rob Steen
Category: Accident in a public place