05 January 2018
Who is at Fault For a Trampoline Accident?
With the rising popularity of trampoline parks in the UK, it is disturbing and perhaps not a surprise that there has been an annual increase of accidents of more than 50 per cent.
The upsurge in openings of trampoline parks in the last few years has inevitably led to people being injured while using these venues. It is, by any measure, a dangerous activity and one that needs to be properly regulated. One of the problems is that in the nature of this kind of activity, if you suffer an injury, it’s probably going to be a serious one.
We have seen a huge number of enquiries from visitors to trampoline parks where participants have suffered serious fractures which can be life changing.
All parks owe users a duty of care to take reasonable steps to keep them safe and the starting point for that is that anyone who visits a trampoline park should be adequately trained in how to use the equipment, that the equipment itself is well maintained and fit for purpose and that the activity is properly monitored and supervised to minimise the risk of participants using the equipment wrongly and putting themselves and other users at risk.
All parks owe users a duty of care to take reasonable steps to keep them safe.
That said, users also assume some risk for themselves and the trampoline park may not be at fault if the user has simply injured themselves while using the equipment in the normal way. Most of the enquiries we receive we turn down because they are simply as a result of an unfortunate accident.
Data provided under Freedom of Information rules to i News has revealed that ambulances were called to 68 trampoline parks from Exeter to Edinburgh on 760 occasions in 2016, in comparison to 489 incidents in 2015.
The public liability lawyers Slater and Gordon Lawyers are also pursuing legal action for one of the people injured on the tower jump at Flip Out in Chester and investigations into that and the other accidents that occurred over a short space of time are continuing.
In March 2017 the Flip Out venue in Chester was investigated by Cheshire West and Chester Council amid safety concerns after stories of other injuries emerged. It closed its Jump Tower section earlier after three people broke their backs in the same day.
If you would like help or advice about an injury you have suffered in a public place call Slater and Gordon on freephone 0800 916 9046 or contact us online.
Michael Hardacre is a principal lawyer, specialising in personal injury at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in Manchester.
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