By: Darrell Castle
If you’re like me, you walk outside and immediately start breaking into a nasty sweat. That’s because summer weather is here in Memphis and it’s launched a full-fledged assault!
So it’s time to reevaluate how you’re going to keep your children — and other children in your neighborhood — safe from injuries that can ruin their summer — or worse!
I want to talk to you about two types of accidents in particular.
Trampolines have always been popular, especially in the summer. Kids are out of school and looking to play outside. What better way than jumping up and down on a trampoline (besides swimming of course)?
However, accidents do happen quite often, which is why trampoline-related liability is a growing area of personal injury law.
The most serious trampoline injuries happen from children falling off the trampoline. Since the child is in the air from bouncing, the fall can happen from a higher distance than normal. That makes the landing potentially a lot worse. It can cause neck or back injuries. And can sometimes lead to brain damage or paralysis.
Another example is when two children are bouncing at the same time and get too close. The children can collide or land on each other.
The Dangers of Owning a Trampoline
If you own a trampoline and have it in your backyard, you’re liable for injuries on it. Whether the person is in your family or not.
When you own a trampoline, it’s important to let your insurance company know. And if you rent, then you need to let your landlord know you have it. In either case, you’ll probably end up paying more in either insurance or rent respectively because of the added risk of the trampoline just like you would if you had a pool (which I’ll get to below).
A trampoline can be considered an “attractive nuisance.” In other words, it may entice kids from around your neighborhood to come onto your property and use it. Without supervision.
You’re responsible for making sure the backyard stays locked and well-protected from anyone who might want to play on your trampoline.
What to do if you or your child are injured on someone else’s trampoline
If you or your child are injured on someone else’s trampoline, you may not be liable. Home trampolines malfunction sometimes. And if the accident wasn’t your fault, then you should be compensated for medical bills and other damages.
We can help you with that. Call (901) 327-1212 for a free case evaluation.
Pools are also open now! And with that, there are more safety issues to consider.
Just like with trampolines, pool owners can be responsible for injuries that happen on their property. Even if someone sneaks onto your property and uses your pool without your permission, you may be liable for that person’s injury according to the law.
That’s because pools can also be considered an “attractive nuisance” (refer to above).
If you have a pool, make sure to:
- Protect your pool from trespassers by maintaining a fence around the premises and a solid, working lock. Keep doors leading to the pool closed.
- Keep a first-aid kit and automatic defibrillator visible and easily-accessible at all times.
- Always supervise anyone using your pool.
- Attach signs to warn swimmers of water depth and other risks, including the dangers of swimming when there’s no lifeguard on duty.
- Maintain your swimming pool and equipment. Clean up slippery spots around the pool, keep diving boards in good shape, pay attention to chemical levels, etc.
What to do if you or your child are injured in a pool
If you or your child are injured in a pool, you may not be liable. And if the accident wasn’t your fault, then you should be compensated for medical bills and other damages.
Again, we can help. Call (901) 327-1212 for a free case evaluation.
Our Memphis personal injury attorneys are here for you
For over 30 years, we’ve been helping people in Memphis and the Mid-South area through hard times. That includes when people are injured due the negligence of others.
We provide information like this hoping you’ll read it and take preventative measures to keep you and your children safe. It’s not a perfect science though and sometimes accidents will happen.
If you think you have a personal injury case, we want to help you. Our team of attorneys are detailed, informative and will fight to get you the compensation you’re entitled to.
We’re good at what we do. And our clients will tell you that.