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Two Trampoline Centers Facing Personal Injury Lawsuits

A youth bouncing on a trampoline

One of the things that many children love to do is to jump on a trampoline. However, accidents and injuries can occur on trampolines.

Two trampoline centers are facing personal injury lawsuits because of injuries that have taken place to children. Two families have filed personal injury lawsuits against two separate trampoline centers in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois.

One of the trampoline centers that is being sued is Xtreme Trampoline, which is located at 485 Mission Street in Carol Stream, Illinois. The other trampoline center that is being sued is Sky High Sports, which is located at 6424 Howard Street in Niles, Illinois.

Report by local television station

In 2011, Xtreme Trampoline was highlighted in a report by a local CBS television broadcast. The report showed that between November, 2010 and May, 2011, sixteen calls were made to the 911 center. These calls were asking for an ambulance to come to the trampoline center because of injuries that had taken place there.

One of these calls came from a mother. She told the 911 operator, “my daughter…she fell directly on her neck, tingling in her arms, severe pain and she’s having trouble breathing.”

The owner of Xtreme Trampoline, Erik Beck responded by saying, “We’ve had 100,000 kids come through here so there are going to be injuries. I wish I could stop every one of them but there’s an inherent risk to jumping on trampolines.”

Required to watch safety video

Beck went on to add that each customer is required to watch a safety video. The video contains house rules against sitting on a trampoline, more than one person on a trampoline, and “no double jumping.”

However, when two investigators went to Xtreme Trampoline on a Saturday afternoon, an undercover camera showed customers who were violating the rules being ignored by Xtreme Trampoline staff. The undercover camera showed kids that were double jumping on a trampoline right in front of a staff member. In addition, the camera showed kids jumping on a trampoline while one kid was sitting on it.

Customers were also permitted to jump into foam-filled pits. Experts say that this is not safe to do.

Children had legs broke

The two families that are suing the trampoline centers say the same thing. Both families said that their children got their legs broke because the two trampoline centers were not following proper safety rules.

Attorneys for the two families filing personal injury lawsuits said that the trampoline centers were not supposed to permit more than one child to be able to jump on a trampoline at the same time. The attorneys allege that the children were hurt because that rule was violated by both trampoline centers.

The attorneys for the two families went on to add in a news release that trampolines can be dangerous. The attorneys said that gymnasts and acrobats were capable of doing back flips, handsprings and other tricks, but children face the risk of being seriously hurt if they try to emulate them.

The personal injury lawsuits went on to say that even simple trampoline moves can be hazardous in unsafe settings.
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