Experts Warn Oklahomans Of The Dangers Posed By Trampolines

by Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys

As the weather warms, children across Oklahoma are beginning to play outside again. However, that fun can quickly turn to panic if someone is injured on a piece of home recreational equipment, such as a trampoline.

According to News 9, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimated that in 2010, approximately 92,000 people required a visit to the emergency room after being injured on a trampoline. Many of those injuries were serious and potentially life-altering.

For instance, a professional baseball player recently broke his ankle while jumping on a trampoline at home with his 5-year-old son. The injury required surgery as well as six-weeks in a cast to heal. The ball player will then undergo several weeks of rehabilitation to strengthen the ankle that was hurt in the potentially career-ending injury.

Orthopedic surgeon and spokesperson for the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Dr. John Purvis, stated, “Although trampolines can be fun for both kids and adults, they pose a high risk for injuries, especially when two or more people jump at one time.”

This is why he suggests:

  • Never let a child use a trampoline unsupervised.
  • Spotters should always be present around a trampoline.
  • One jumper at a time.
  • Trampolines should be placed on level ground.
  • Never let a child under 6-years-old use a trampoline.

The Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorneys with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers suggest following these recommendations closely if you are intending to use a trampoline.