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Spinal cord injuries lead to doctor seeking ban of trampolines

A doctor in another province seeks a total ban on recreational trampoline use. As a pediatric emergency room physician, she has noticed a significant increase in children needing treatment after suffering trampoline injuries over the past four years. Along with head injuries, fractured bones and strokes, spinal cord injuries -- often leading to months of rehabilitation and, in some cases, permanent disability -- were prevalent.

The doctor believes free access to trampolines in businesses and parks across the country, including in British Columbia, is part of the reason for the number of trampoline injuries. On July 7, an 8-year-old girl had to be rushed to a hospital after she suffered serious injuries on a trampoline. After spending the night in intensive care, she was airlifted to a different hospital. There, the pediatrician now seeking the ban diagnosed neck and spinal cord damage.

Reportedly, the girl will be wearing a neck brace and remain in the hospital for at least 12 weeks. According to the doctor, most injuries occur while kids are jumping and not -- as is commonly believed – when they fall off the trampoline. For this reason, the safety nets sometimes placed around trampolines provide no protection against serious injuries that happen on the mat. The doctor also notes that the injury risk increases when more than one jumper is on the trampoline at the same time.

British Columbia parents of children who suffer harm such as spinal cord injuries at public facilities like trampoline parks or private homes where there may be evidence of negligence can pursue claims for damages. The services of an experienced personal injury lawyer can be utilized for guidance and support throughout the legal proceedings. The lawyer can help formally document negligence as well as the specific claims for financial relief. A successful presentation in a civil court may lead to a monetary judgment to cover financial, physical and emotional damages.

Source: CBC News Newfoundland & Labrador, "Ban backyard trampolines, doctor says after N.L. girl suffers neck, spinal injuries", July 13, 2017

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