Trampolining is one of the most popular leisure activities for both adults and children. The development of more and more trampoline parks has, inevitably, resulted in injuries to people that have used what is, without the implementation of the correct safety measure, a hazardous activity.
When you consider the risk that is associated with trampolines it is not difficult to see the type of injuries that might occur. Unfortunately, by reason of the activity, the injuries that can be sustained in a trampoline accident can be very serious.
Are trampolines dangerous?
Trampolines are definitely dangerous if they are not used properly. Therefore, it is essential that anyone who is operating a trampoline park should take every reasonable measure to ensure that anyone using their trampolines should be able to do so safely. In fact, it is a legal duty to do this. Trampolines that are not properly serviced and maintained are likely to present the greatest risk to users. Regardless of the condition of the equipment, trampolining can also be potentially dangerous if the participants are not adequately tutored on how to use the equipment properly. It is also the responsibility of the owners or managers of a trampoline park to ensure that there is adequate monitoring and supervision of those who are using the trampoline.
It is also the case that if the owners of a trampoline site do not provide the necessary instruction and supervision, trampoline users may injure other users as well as themselves. So, the simple answer to the question is that trampolines are definitely dangerous if they are not used properly and, if you are injured as a result of your improper use or the failure of the owner of the trampoline to adequately instruct, train or monitor you, resulting in a personal injury, you may well be able to make a claim for compensation.
Can you make a claim?
As in all claims for compensation for personal injuries, the essential requirement is to prove that the accident was caused by the negligence or breach of statutory duty of another person. In the case of a trampoline accident, this involves proving that the equipment was faulty or that the person or organization operating the trampoline failed to provide the necessary instruction, supervision or monitoring to protect the welfare of the user.
If you believe that you have suffered personal injuries as a result of a trampoline accident that was not your fault, it is essential that you consult a personal injury lawyer who has a proven record in compensation claims. If you can find a lawyer who has dealt with leisure accident claims you are more likely to be able to make a successful claim. The important thing to remember is that there is a three year limitation period on personal injury claims. For children, the limitation period begins from their 18th birthday and If you do not make a claim within that period your case will be statute barred. Another important fact to keep in mind is that most personal injury lawyers operate on a “no win no fee” basis, meaning that even if your personal injury claim is unsuccessful, you will still not be liable to pay any legal fees.