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Growing up, jumping on a trampoline was a fun way to spend countless hours with friends and family. These were easy to install and almost every home with a backyard had them. Nowadays, trampoline parks have become the new way to have fun especially during the cold winter months or in states and cities which experience unpredictable weather.
Trampoline parks usually have enclosed trampoline areas which may be clearly demarcated for different ages. At the same time, these parks may include sports within the trampoline area to add an element of excitement. While this may sound like an ingenious way to include lots of people in an activity that's usually fun, having numerous people jumping on a trampoline may lead to serious accidents resulting in injuries such as fractures, dislocation, paralysis and even death.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recently came out to state that trampolines are not safe for children due to the inherent risk associated with them. The association went on to further state that the only time trampolines should be used is for training on certain sports programs under an adult's supervision.
Individuals visiting trampoline parks are required to sign liability waivers, effectively absolving the park owners of any responsibility in the event of an accident. Having said that, a waiver should also protect you as a visitor; you should expect that the park has taken necessary measures to ensure that the trampolines are safe for use. The park owners should ensure that protective covers are secure, the springs between trampolines are covered, and collision risks are minimal. Liability waivers are not as cut and dry as the facility would have you believe. There are many ways that the park can still be on the hook for your injuries. Every case is different, and we ask that you call us at 1-800-ATTORNEY to discuss the facts of your case.
Trampoline parks usually serve children. This makes it hard for the facility to supervise and enforce rules regarding which trampoline area they can use, as well as how they interact with other children. At the same time, some children may be bigger than others which can lead to recoil effects (double-jump) on the trampoline which may affect other children jumping on the same trampoline.
When you visit a trampoline park, you are generally covered by premises liability law which states that the business is responsible to do its duty to keep you safe. Simply signing a waiver does not protect the business from any and all lawsuits in the event of an injury; if there was gross negligence in any way, shape or form, you may be eligible for compensation.
Lastly, some states have ruled that minors cannot sign away their rights, even if their parents were the ones who signed the liability waiver documents. Rasansky Law firm has dealt with many premises liability cases before, and would like to invite you to give us a call for your FREE over-the-phone consultation at 1-800-ATTORNEY. We'd like to discuss with you what your options are, and what kind of compensation you'd get from these types of cases. It's important to get in touch with us right away so we can document evidence and build a strong case. Call now.