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Trampolines pose serious risks for children

As the parent of a young child, you understand that kids often have adventurous and rambunctious temperaments. You may do your best to make sure that your child has fun but also remains safe while doing so. Of course, you cannot account for your child's every action.

Inevitably, your child will receive an invitation to a friend's birthday party or simply for a playdate at another child's home. You may feel comfortable letting your child attend because other parents will provide supervision. Still, while theses outings may have a promise of fun, other people's homes can present dangers you may not have foreseen. In particular, your child may be at risk of suffering injuries if his or her friend has a trampoline.

Alluring but dangerous activity

Trampolines are immensely attractive to children as they let kids bounce and jump and launch into the air. You may have heard giggles from kids around the neighborhood who have taken part in this activity. However, trampolines present a number of dangers, and while some parents may not see the harm in them, your child could wind up suffering serious or even permanent injuries.

The safest scenario when using a trampoline involves having only one person on the trampoline at a time. Of course, children rarely adhere to this rule, as they generally like to have friends able to jump together. Unfortunately, due to the unstable nature of trampolines, multiple children jumping and falling only makes for a recipe for disaster.

Possible injuries

While trampolines are often considered a children's play item, they do come with risks. Some of the common injuries that can result from trampoline use -- especially with more than one person jumping -- include the following:

  • Concussions
  • Neck injuries
  • Sprains
  • Scrapes and cuts
  • Bruises
  • Other head injuries

When it comes to head or neck injuries, the risk of paralysis also rears its head. As a result, what starts out as a fun afternoon with friends could turn into a life-changing event.

Personal injury

If your child suffers serious injuries on a trampoline while at another person's home, you may have reason to seek compensation for those injuries. Speaking with a Georgia attorney could help you understand your legal options and how you can ensure your child receives the care he or she needs to recover from or manage the injuries suffered from a trampoline accident.

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