With trampolines and bounce houses come an increased risk of injury. As a parent, it is important for you to understand how these toys can be dangerous for your children.
Most Injured Are Under 15
The emergency rooms around the United States will see around 100,000 patients suffering bounce house and trampoline injuries, and the majority of those are children under 15. They have become so common that many pediatricians recommend not having trampolines anywhere for fun, and only in supervised gyms for training.
Between 1995 and 2001 alone, the number of injuries rose by 1,500 percent. Most children are between the ages of six and 12.
Breaks, Bumps, and Bruises
Some injuries that occur are minor. They will just be bruises as children rough-house with each other. Bumps also occur as children fall off trampolines and bounce houses. Depending on how low down the trampolines are and the force that children hit the ground, many will just get right back up again.
Not all injuries are minor. Breaks can happen. A child does not necessarily have to fall off the trampoline or bounce house to get injured. Sometimes material will get bunched up and legs are caught. As the rest of the body goes with the momentum, parts are snapped at wrong angles and break.
Parents Leave Children Alone
One of the reasons for accidents is due to children being left alone. Parents aren't there to watch out for signs of an accident and prevent them. In one case, a child was caught under the matting and a father couldn't even hear his screams. Fortunately, the father was checking on the child regularly. Otherwise, the situation could have been much worse.
Children like to try out flips and tricks. They won't necessarily know the dangers of them going wrong. Even professionals get injured when doing flips and tricks on trampolines.
Insurance May Not Cover Accidents
Due to the placing of these trampolines and bounce houses, not all insurance companies will cover accidents. It can mean claiming through over people's coverage, as those organizing an event may be in the wrong. It is important to find out if your insurance company will cover any potential injuries, whether the bounce houses are in your home or at a third-party event.
Looking after your children is more than just keeping an eye on them. You need to know the risks of certain toys and what to do if there is a problem. For more information, contact a personal injury attorney.
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