Trampolining is a fun activity for children and adults alike, and for all trampoline-lovers, access to their favourite equipment is now easier than ever before. Not so long ago, you had to buy your own equipment and install it in the back garden if you wanted to indulge in this activity. Not anymore. Today you can simply choose to head on over to one of many trampoline parks that have sprung up across the country due to its increasing popularity.
While using a trampoline at a park or at a party may be lots of fun, it is not without its risks. Some injuries are down to the users themselves, while others can be the result of negligence. If you were injured at a trampoline park because of somebody else’s negligence, you should get legal advice to determine whether or not you have grounds for filing a trampoline injury claim for compensation.
Common Causes of Trampoline Accidents
Most trampoline-related injuries are caused by one or more of these factors:
- Colliding with another user. This is more likely to happen when there are too many users at one time on the trampoline.
- Hitting the head on a hard surface that has not been padded for protection or if the padding has worn away leaving a hard surface exposed.
- Sliding under the protective padding and into the springs of the trampoline. With excessive use, the padding can come loose and create a gap that a user can fall through.
- Double bouncing, which can cause fractures anywhere in the body. The most likely area of the body to get affected is the lower extremity.
- Jumping into shallow foam pits.
- Falling onto the trampoline in an awkward position, resulting in injury to the spine.
It’s easy to see that most injuries can be avoided by being a little cautious when using a trampoline and by inspecting the trampoline regularly to ensure that all the padding and other safety features are intact and working the way they should. However, if your injury was due to somebody else’s negligence then you may be able to file a trampoline injury compensation claim.
Duty of Care Related to Trampolines
Any business or service provider in the UK has a duty of care towards their clients. This law applies to anyone who manufactures or hires out trampolines as well as trampoline park owners.
To comply with this legal duty of care, all trampoline manufacturers and hirers must make sure that the equipment is not faulty and meets all relevant safety and quality standards. They must also give users advice regarding safe trampoline usage and potential risks, especially in terms of where and how to set it up, and maximum number of people using the trampoline at the same time.
In addition, trampoline park management and trampoline hirers must also make sure that all equipment is fully inspected and regular maintenance is carried out. Any equipment that does not meet the safety standards must be closed to users until fully updated and safe to use. They must also make sure that the equipment is set up in a safe location and it is used in accordance with all safety guidelines.
Can You Claim If You Signed A Waiver?
This is something that comes up often after a trampoline accident. Trampoline parks might ask users to sign a waiver before using the equipment on their premises. This waiver is meant to protect them from any legal action in case of an accident. If you are injured in a trampoline accident, don’t let that waiver stop you from pursuing a personal injury claim. Although a waiver is a legal document, it does not completely shield the trampoline park manager or owner from liability. The best way to find out whether you can sue a trampoline park is to contact a personal injury solicitor for free advice.
Starting A Trampoline Injury Claim
Getting free advice from a personal injury solicitor about a trampoline accident has never been easier as most now offer a free consultation. This is great as it allows you to get expert legal advice without having to pay anything and without any obligation to start a claim with the solicitor.
During your free consultation, the solicitor or an advisor will ask questions about the trampoline accident such as when, where and how it happened and what injuries you have suffered. They might also ask about any evidence you may have and whether your injuries needed medical treatment. Accordingly the solicitor will weigh the merits of the case. If they decide you don’t have a strong case, the solicitor may advise you not to pursue a trampoline injury claim. If, on the other hand, you have a strong case in your favour, the solicitor is likely to offer you a No Win No Fee agreement to start your trampoline injury claim, which allows you to get legal representation without paying any upfront fees.
How A No Win No Fee Trampoline Injury Claim Works
With our No Win No Fee agreement, your solicitor will build and file your trampoline injury claim without taking any upfront fee from you. They will cover all expenses involved. You only pay after the case is closed and only if your trampoline injury claim is successful and compensation has been awarded. Payment is taken directly from the compensation and is calculated as a percentage which is agreed upon before your claim starts.
Calculating Compensation For A Trampoline Accident Claim
There is no fixed compensation that is awarded for those who are injured in trampoline accidents. The total amount you can expect to get will depend on various factors such as the severity of your injuries, travel expenses related to the accident and your actual financial losses resulting from your injuries. When you have a personal injury solicitor, they will take into account all relevant factors and make sure that you get the maximum amount of compensation due to you. However, to get an idea of the levels of compensation advised for general damages (pain and suffering) please use our compensation calculator below.