Backyard Trampolines and Child Injuries in Charlotte
Most people have not been focused on many things other than the COVID-19 pandemic. While this incident has kept most people indoors, these orders are slowly being lifted. As our daily lives start to get back to some semblance of normalcy, it this time to focus on safety. This is particularly true when it comes to our children. Summer is nearly here, and you can be sure that kids will be out looking for fun activities. Often, these fun activities involve trampolines. Unfortunately, trampolines can lead to severe injuries. Do you know what to do if your child is injured on a trampoline on somebody else’s property?
What happens after a child trampoline injury?
According to data available from the Mayo Clinic, trampoline-related injuries sent more than one million people (usually children under the age of 16) during a recent 10-year period. The Mayo Clinic says that nearly one-third of these injuries for long bone fractures in the lower and upper extremities. In most cases, these were radius and ulna fractures resulting from a fall on an outstretched hand. However, other injuries caused by trampolines commonly include lacerations as well as fractures to the spine, ribs, head, and sternum.
If your child sustains an injury on a trampoline on someone else’s property, you may be able to recover compensation for the incident. Often, these incidents are handled through a homeowner’s insurance policy of the property where the injury occurred.
We advise all parents to ask their children whether or not there are trampolines at their friends’ houses. If there are, you should strongly consider keeping your child from engaging in activities on the trampoline.
What if you have a trampoline on your property?
If you have a trampoline on your property, you could be held liable for any injuries that occur to other people who used the trampoline. This could be the case even if someone trespasses on your property to use the trampoline.
Under North Carolina’s attractive nuisance laws, property owners can be held liable for injuries that happened to children on their premises if they are no steps taken to prevent children from having access to objects such as pools, hot tubs, trampolines, playground equipment, or anything else that may entice a child to come onto the property.
Let us get to work on your case
If your child has been injured on another person’s property, you may need to seek legal assistance. At Brown, Moore & Associates, PLLC, we have vast experience handling child injury cases, and we are ready to conduct a thorough investigation into this incident. Our goal is to secure for compensation for what has happened to your child, which can include:
- Compensation for all medical bills
- Lost wages you incur while caring for your child
- Emotional distress damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Possible punitive damages in cases of gross negligence