Who Is Liable for Trampoline Injuries?
Trampolines are a common backyard attraction, providing hours of fun for children and adults alike. When you suffer a trampoline injury, however, you may be able to recover compensation for lost wages, medical bills as well as pain and suffering if there was any negligence or error that led to your injury. The property owner, the trampoline manufacturer or someone else using the trampoline at the same time may be held liable for your injury, according to our personal injury attorneys.
Lundy Law has experience litigating and settling trampoline accident cases involving adults and children who have sustained serious injuries in all types of settings including:
- Backyard trampolines
- Trampoline parks
- Athletic facilities
Determining Fault in Trampoline Accidents
When considering a personal injury claim for trampoline injuries, it is important to identify who may be at fault in causing the injury. If the leg on a trampoline breaks, leading to a broken bone or head injury, fault may lie with the trampoline manufacturer if the steel used to build the trampoline was of low quality. If the leg broke due to excessive rust due to years of neglect, the fault may lie with the trampoline owner. If the injury occurred because another jumper pushed you off the trampoline, they may be liable for any injuries you sustained.
Trampoline Accident Lawsuits
There are several types of lawsuits that may apply after a trampoline injury. If the injury was caused by a manufacturing defect, a products liability case may be recommended. A premises liability case covers injuries caused due to neglect by the owner while a negligence action would be filed against an individual who caused the injury.
Assumption of Trampoline Injury Risk
In some states, any trampoline user should be aware that there is some risk associated with using a trampoline. If you are an adult and are injured while using a trampoline, you may not be able to recover damages as you were of an age you should have known you could have been hurt. However, when the person injured is a child, the assumption of risk defense normally does not apply as children are less aware of the risks they take when using a trampoline.
To maximize trampoline safety, the CPSC has this advice for parents and homeowners:
- Allow only one person on the trampoline at a time.
- Do not attempt or allow somersaults.
- Do not use the trampoline without shock absorbing pads that completely cover its springs, hooks, and frame.
- Place the trampoline away from structures, trees, and other play areas.
- No child under six years of age should use a full sized trampoline.
- Do not use a ladder with the trampoline because it provides unsupervised access to small children.
- Always supervise children who use a trampoline.
- Prevent falls off of a trampoline with a trampoline enclosure.
If you or a loved one suffered trampoline injuries, contact the personal injury attorneys at Lundy Law to learn what rights you may have. An attorney will simply fight for your rights and work to get you the compensation you are entitled to under the law. Arrange for your initial consultation by calling 1-800-Lundy Law or complete the easy form online.