A guide to No Win, No Fee trampoline injury claims
Trampolining has experienced a huge growth in popularity in recent years. According to RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents), more than 200,000 trampolines were purchased in 2014 for use at home and in the last 3 years, 140 trampoline parks have opened across the UK.
However, the increase in numbers of people participating in trampolining has led to higher numbers of people sustaining injuries. Figures obtained by the BBC show there were 315 ambulance call outs to just 30 trampoline parks in the 12 months to April 2016 and one orthopaedic doctor has noted that since 2014, more than 6,000 people have reported injuries caused by trampolines.
What type of injuries might be sustained by trampolining?
Injuries caused by trampolining accidents range in severity and are typically incurred by people landing awkwardly after somersaults or flips. Broken legs are the most common injury, but trampoliners may sustain neck and spine injuries, sprains and strains, abdominal traumas, broken arms and elbows and head injuries. Serious injuries, such as fractured spines, are not uncommon and may be life-changing.
Accidents may also happen where trampoliners collide, or where one trampoliner falls onto another
Can trampoline accidents be avoided?
Using a trampoline has always been recognised as a potentially dangerous activity and improvements to trampoline use and safety have been introduced over a long period of time.
Customers at trampoline parks have a duty of care to themselves and others and must use the equipment within prescribed guidelines and avoid unnecessary risks.
Owners and operators of trampoline parks have a duty to protect customers from injury and must advise them of the correct use of equipment and the health and safety risks of ignoring the instructions. All equipment must be regularly checked and maintained and any potentially defective equipment removed from use.
Anyone who owns a trampoline, including privately owned equipment, must ensure it is safe for use.
Can I make a claim if I signed a waiver at the trampoline park?
Most trampoline parks require customers to sign a waiver upon entry, however this does not prevent you from making a claim if you sustain an injury at the venue. If the operator can be shown to have been negligent you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries.
Examples of operator negligence include:
- Failing to show customers a health and safety video before using the trampolines
- Insufficient supervision of users, allowing too many people on the equipment
- Badly maintained equipment.
What should you do if someone is injured while trampolining?
Accidents at trampoline parks should be reported immediately to the staff. It may be necessary to call an ambulance if someone has fallen from a trampoline. Neck, back and head injuries may be caused by such falls from height and it is recommended that the injured person is not moved.
It is advisable to obtain medical advice even for less serious accidents, particularly when the incident may have been the result of a third party’s negligence. Any medical records may be used as evidence if the injuries sustained mean bringing a claim for compensation at a later date.
Claiming compensation for an injury
If you have been injured on a trampoline in a public place then there could be grounds for claiming compensation. To speak to an expert call 0800 612 0377 and we will let you know exactly what your options are.