A Guide to Claiming Trampoline Injury Compensation

If your life, or the life of a loved one, has been affected by a trampoline injury we can help.

The purpose of this guide is to help anyone who has suffered a trampoline injury and is considering a legal claim for compensation. If you are looking for medical advice, please see the NHS website.

Introduction

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.

Do I have a trampoline injury claim?

It should be possible to make a trampoline injury claim if you were injured:

  • within the last three years and,
  • another person was to blame.

If these two points don't apply to you, you may still be able to make a claim.

It costs nothing to find out - you can speak to a legal expert on 0800 612 7456.

A short call will tell you exactly where you stand. We will not put you under pressure to make a compensation claim.

Alternatively you can try our Online Claim Checker.

What if a child was injured?

The 3 year rule does not apply to minors.

A claim can be pursued for anyone under the age of 18 by a parent, guardian or litigation friend. The injured child has up to the age of 21 to start a trampoline injury claim on their own behalf.

Read more about claiming injury compensation on behalf of a child.

Can I make a trampoline injury claim right up to the three-year limit?

Technically, yes. However, in practice, not always. Many solicitors will not take on a trampoline injury claim that only has a few months (sometimes even a year) left before the time limit expires. Our panel of solicitors will take a claim on as late as possible where it is felt that the claim could be successful.

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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.

How much compensation can I claim for a trampoline injury?

The amount of money you could claim for your trampoline injury will depend on:

  • the extent of your injury, and
  • any financial losses or costs you have incurred.

At the start of your claim, your solicitor will consider the many ways your trampoline injury has affected your life. Your solicitor will take all of these effects into account to calculate the correct compensation award for you.

This calculation will factor in 'general damages' and 'special damages'.

General damages

General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA).

Awards for general damages are set by the Judicial College and published in their guidelines for personal injury awards.

Special damages

Special damages are for financial losses and expenses you have incurred as a result of the accident.

What can I claim for after a trampoline injury? (see list)

Examples of special damages (losses you can claim for) include:

  • Lost earnings (including future earnings)
  • Medical treatment costs
  • Physiotherapy
  • Travel costs
  • Costs of care
  • Costs of adapting your home or car

How is compensation calculated if I have multiple trampoline injury injuries?

If you have sustained multiple injuries, the compensation amounts are not simply added together.

The upper bracket of the most serious injury may be considered as a starting point, with a reduced amount applied for the other less severe injuries.

For example:

General damages for a serious head injury can be £30,000

For a less severe leg injury, in isolation, you would typically receive £7,200.

However, if you have a serious head injury and a less severe leg injury, you would typically receive £30,000 + a reduced percentage of £7,200.

Special damages, such as loss of earnings are not usually increased if you have multiple injuries.

What is the average injury compensation for a trampoline injury claim?

The Judicial College injury tables give a approximate idea of the ranges awarded for different injuries.

However, the money you would receive following a trampoline injury will depend entirely on your specific circumstances.

Your trampoline injury compensation will be calculated based on the unique impact your injuries have had on your life, your ability to work, and the actual financial losses you have incurred as a result of your injuries.

See the injury table above for some examples.

Find out what your trampoline injury claim could be worth now

Assessing a claim's value at the outset can be complicated, particularly if you have multiple injuries.

If you would like a FREE claim estimate with no obligation to start a claim, call 0800 612 7456.

Alternatively, our compensation calculator will give you an instant estimate of what your claim is worth.

Can I get an interim payment?

Interim payments are effectively an advance on a probable compensation award. An interim payment may be awarded if the claimant is in immediate financial hardship.

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How long do I have to make a trampoline injury claim?

In general, you have a time limit of up to 3 years from the date of the trampoline injury to make an injury claim.

The last date you can make a claim is known as the claim limitation date - after which your trampoline injury claim becomes 'statute barred'.

Can I claim for a trampoline injury after 3 years?

For adults, the general rule is no, you cannot start a claim more than three years after a trampoline injury.

However, if you were injured as a child, you do have up until your 21st birthday to make a claim.

In reality, there are a number of factors that can affect whether a trampoline injury claim will be taken on by a solicitor.

Will I still be able to claim for a trampoline injury after the law changes in April 2020?

The law relating to personal injury claims is changing in April 2020.

You will no longer be able to claim no win, no fee compensation using a solicitor for lower value claims (under £5,000).

In addition, compensation for whiplash and other soft-tissue injuries will be reduced.

Caring and sensitive support

Your solicitor will handle your trampoline injury claim from the initial consultation through to the financial settlement. In addition, your solicitor will work with other specialists to help you with:

  • Financial support: interim payments while you are unable to work.
  • Advice: on personal injury trusts, tax and welfare benefits.
  • Coordination: with rehabilitation providers and therapists.
  • Access: to treatment and therapies not always available on the NHS.

How did your injury occur?

The claims process that your solicitor follows will vary, depending on how the injury occurred:

In a public place (e.g. supermarket, pavement)

If you have been injured in a public place, there are some key points you need to be aware of:

Public Place Claims - What you need to know

At work

If you are thinking of making a work accident or injury claim, there are some key points to be aware of:

Work Accident Claims - What you need to know

Other claim types

Find details on another type of claim:

See list of other claims

No win, no fee - the facts

No win, no fee removes the risk from making a trampoline injury claim. If your claim is unsuccessful, you won't have to pay your solicitor any legal fees.

Our no win, no fee guarantee

If you have been injured through no fault of your own, our no win, no fee guarantee takes the risk out of making a trampoline injury compensation claim.

What do I pay if I win my trampoline injury claim?

Your injury solicitor will receive a success fee which is deducted from your compensation, once your claim is settled. The solicitor's success fee can be up to 25%. You and your solicitor can agree the success fee before you start your claim.

What do I pay if I do not win my trampoline injury claim?

If your trampoline injury claim is not successful then you won't have to pay your solicitor any fees.

Read more about making a No win, no fee claim

Please note, under a No Win, No Fee Agreement (CFA), fees may apply if a claimant refuses to cooperate, or abandons their claim after the legal work has started, or if the claim is fraudulent.

How can Quittance help?

Our highly experienced panel of solicitors have an excellent track record of winning injury claims. Your solicitor will fight for the best possible compensation settlement for you.

If you have any questions, or would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, we are open 8am to 9pm weekdays, 9am to 6pm on Saturday, and 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday.

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Trampoline Injury FAQ's

Can I claim for someone else?

Yes. In certain circumstances, it is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.

If an injured person is either too young or vulnerable, too injured or otherwise unable to claim on their own behalf, their litigation friend can handle the claim process on behalf of the injured person.

The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.

Read more about claiming on behalf of another person.

Can I claim if I was partly responsible for an accident?

You may still be able to claim compensation even if you contributed to your accident or to your injuries.

However, if you were partly to blame (known as contributory negligence), your compensation may be reduced and it may be more difficult to prove liability.

Read more about claiming compensation if you were partly responsible for an accident.

How long will my claim take?

The length of time needed to secure compensation can vary considerably.

For example, straightforward car accident claims can settle in a matter of weeks, whereas complex medical negligence cases can take years.

Injury claims can also take longer if it is not clear who is responsible for your injury, or if liability is denied by the defendant.

Taken from average case times, this table sets out approximately how long personal injury claims take to settle:

Personal injury claim type

Estimated claim duration*

Road accident claims

4 to 9 months

Work accident claims

6 to 9 months

Medical negligence claims

12 to 36 months

Industrial disease claims

12 to 18 months

Public place or occupiers’ liability claims

6 to 9 months

MIB claims (uninsured drivers)

3 to 4 months**

CICA claims (criminal assault)

12 to 18 months**

*RTA and other claims processed through the Ministry of Justice portal can settle faster.
**Official Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) Government agency and Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) figures.

Read more about how long personal injury claims take.

Will I have to go to court?

Highly unlikely. The vast majority of claims that are settled by Quittance’s solicitor panel are settled out of court.

Only a very small percentage (approx. 5%) of personal injury claims go to court. Generally, only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved, end up in court.

Cases that do ultimately go to court are held in front of a judge, not a jury.

Read more: Will my injury claim go to court and what if it does?

Will I have to go to a solicitor's office?

No. You will not need visit a solicitor's office. As with most professional services, it is no longer necessary to meet face to face with your solicitor. Personal injury claims are dealt with via email, post and telephone.

Should you need to have a medical, this will be arranged at a medical centre near you or at your GP's surgery.

Read more: Will I have to visit a solicitor's office?

Can I get an early compensation payment?

If you suffer financial hardship as a result of an injury, you may be able to claim an interim compensation payment.

An interim payment is a partial settlement of your claim which is paid before your claim is concluded. The amount you receive in interim payments would then be deducted from your final compensation settlement or award.

Read more about interim compensation payments.

Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Howard qualified as a solicitor in 1984 and has specialised in personal injury for over 25 years. He is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and is a recognised Law Society Personal Injury Panel expert.

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