Trampolining has long been a popular form of exercise and fun, but the rise in trampoline park numbers has seen an increase in the number of personal injuries. What happens if you hurt yourself in a trampolining accident – can you claim for compensation?
“The answer to whether you can make a claim for compensation for a trampoline injury really depends on if the trampoline park is at fault for your accident,” explains Trevor Morris, Solicitor and Director at Bartletts Solicitors.
“There are a couple of trampoline parks in the local area and we have seen a big increase recently in the number of people contacting us to see if they can sue the trampoline park where they were injured.
“In each and every case, we quickly establish the particular circumstances of the accident, and asses how likely it is the trampoline park is responsible for the injury, and then advise accordingly on whether or not that person has a claim and how best to proceed.”
The Cause Of The Trampoline Injury
The circumstances of the accident are key to determining if the trampoline park is at fault.
Trampolining is an activity that comes with a certain degree of physical risk – and the courts accept this. However, if health and safety procedures are shown to have been inadequate at the trampoline park or the park failed to take reasonable measures to prevent an accident from happening, then it may be possible to sue.
As a guide, common causes of trampoline injuries where the park is liable, include:
- Faulty equipment
- Poor safety gear
- Lack of padding
- Insufficient supervision
- Inadequate safety information
Trampoline Injury Types
The range of trampoline injuries varies from a minor personal injury through to serious life-changing injuries.
The most common trampoline park injuries include:
- Broken legs or arms
- Knee damage
- Spinal injuries
- Leg or arm injuries
Depending on the nature of the injury, a person may need long-term medical treatment and suffer a loss of earnings due to the accident.
Was The Trampoline Park Negligent?
“If the trampoline park failed to take reasonable steps to prevent your injury arising, it’s likely you can pursue a claim for compensation,” adds Trevor Morris.
Examples of negligence include:
- Lack of safety signs, videos and staff instructions
- Poor staff training
- Badly maintained equipment
- Allowing younger children to jump alongside older kids and adults
- Insufficient supervision or awareness by staff
How We Can Help With Your Trampoline Injury Compensation Claim
If you’ve been injured whilst jumping at a trampoline park and want to make a claim for compensation, our personal injury specialist solicitors will advise you on whether you have a case and how best to proceed if you do.
It may help your case if you report your accident to a member of staff at the trampoline park at the time. Don’t worry if you signed a waiver before trampolining – this is standard procedure at trampoline parks and won’t stop you from suing the trampoline park if it has been negligent.