The past ten to twenty years have seen a sharp rise in the popularity of trampolines. At first the exercise and entertainment products began popping up in backyards across the country. However, our Chicago injury attorneys have observed that the fitness and entertainment product is taking a more organized turn with the creation of spaces known as “trampoline parks.” These are large warehouse-like facilities where trampolines are lined up like a checkerboard.
According to the Chicago Tribune, these trampoline parks first gained popularity on the West Coast, but locations are now being built throughout Illinois. Many safety advocates are concerned about the increased risk of participants suffering a Chicago personal injury due to the activity. For example, since it opened in November, ambulances have been called to one Chicago area trampoline park 16 times to help an injured participant. In one incident, a 13-year old girl fell on her head and reported tingling in her arms and difficulty breathing, suffering a fracture in her neck.
Experts explain that 11 people have been killed because of trampoline accidents in the last decade. Nationwide nearly 100,000 trampoline injuries are reported each year. Area hospitals like Central DuPage Hospital report that they have seen a noticeable increase in traumatic injuries since the nearby park opened, including broken legs, arms, and even one head injury.
These parks are currently not regulated by Illinois state agencies like other amusement parks. The Department of Labor explains how only those parks that have moving apparatus are under the regulatory guidelines of the state. Therefore the regulation of these spaces is often done by local governments which frequently have little oversight of the process.
Our Chicago personal injury lawyers at Levin & Perconti know that many activities pose particularly dangerous risks for participants. For example, we have reported frequently on children who have been severely injured and killed at area amusement parks. It is vital that these facilities do all in their power to ensure the safety of all participants.
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