Trampoline Accidents Injury Claims Guide – How Do I Claim Compensation? – Am I Eligible?

In this guide, you will read all about making a compensation claim for injuries caused by a trampoline accident. You will learn about the ways trampoline injuries occur, how they are caused, and how, in certain circumstances, you may be able to claim for them. We also cover the concept of liability, and who you may be able to pursue compensation against.

If you need additional information or have questions that are not answered by the contents of this guide, please talk to one of our claims team on 0161 696 9685. They will be able to give you the help that you need and answer any questions that you have.

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A Guide To Compensation Claims For Trampoline Accidents

Trampoline accident claims guide

Trampoline accident claims guide

This guide to making a personal injury claim for an injury sustained in a trampolining accident discusses, in detail, the process of making a claim.  We’ll begin by going over what a trampoline accident is, and we also present a table detailing typical compensation amounts as well as other financial losses and expenses that can be recovered. Additionally, we also include information on what you could do to prepare for your claim, what duty of care a trampoline park owner owes you, and how signing a waiver affects your ability to make a claim.

The next part of this guide moves on to look at trampolining safety statistics. We show the core data related to accidents both at a trampoline park and at home and also go over some of the key safety considerations for using a trampoline.

We then move on to look at some of the most commonly caused injuries due to a trampoline accident, including:

  • Head and neck injuries.
  • Bone fractures.
  • Back injuries.
  • Knee injuries.

Following information on injuries, we move on to look at causes of trampoline accidents, and this includes gym accidents, accidents at home, injuries to children, and workplace accidents.

The final part of this guide covers specific information about the claims process itself. This includes the time limit you have in which you must begin your claim, as well as detailing ways you can commence a claim. At this stage, we also introduce our national claims service, which provides you with a simple and efficient way to pursue the compensation and justice you deserve while exposing yourself to very little financial risk.

If you have questions about the information included in this guide or would like to begin a  claim, then please speak to one of our friendly advisors by calling the number at the top of this page.

What Is A Trampoline Accident?

Is trampolining actually safe? Yes, as long as adequate safety measures are taken. If safety is lax, then this could lead to an accident, either at home or in a trampoline park. If the accident is even partially the fault of a third party, such as the park operator, then you could be eligible to make a compensation claim for the harm you have suffered.

Calculating Compensation For Trampoline Accidents And Injuries

When a personal injury solicitor is successful in processing your claim, the compensation package you receive may be split into two heads of claim: general damages and special damages. 

The purpose of general damages is to compensate you for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity inflicted by the injury. The amount you receive will depend on the severity of your injury. The compensation calculator table below gives a rough indication of possible compensation payouts. It’s based on the Judicial College Guidelines, a legal publication used by solicitors and the courts to value claims. 

What Injury?How Severe?Typical PaymentNotes
Back injurySevere£85,470 to £151,070Cases of the most severe injury involving damage to the spinal cord and nerve roots, leading to a combination of serious consequences not normally found in cases of back injury. There will be severe pain and disability with a combination of incomplete paralysis and significantly impaired bladder, bowel, and sexual function.
Neck injuryMinorUp to £2,300Recovery within 3 months.
Toe injuryModerate Toe InjuriesUp to £9,010These injuries include relatively straightforward fractures or the exacerbation of a pre-existing degenerative condition or laceration injuries to one or more toes.
Ankle injuryModerate£12,900 to £24,950Fractures, ligamentous tears and the like which give rise to less serious disabilities such as difficulty in walking on uneven ground, difficulty standing or walking for long periods of time, awkwardness on stairs, irritation from metal plates, and residual scarring There may also be a risk of future osteoarthritis.
Foot injuryModestUp to £12,900Simple metatarsal fractures, ruptured ligaments, puncture wounds and the like.
Leg injuryLess Serious £16,860 to £26,050In the case of fracture injuries, the injured person will have made a reasonable recovery but will be left with a metal implant and/or defective gait, a limp, impaired mobility, sensory loss, discomfort or an exacerbation of a pre-existing disability.
Hand injuryModerate£5,260 to £12,460Crush injuries, penetrating wounds, soft tissue type and deep lacerations.
Wrist injuryMinorIn the region of £6,970An uncomplicated Colles' fracture.
Arm injuryMinor£6,190 to £18,020Simple fracture of the forearm.
Finger injuryFracture of Index Finger£8,550 to £11,480This level is appropriate where a fracture has mended quickly but grip has remained impaired, there is pain on heavy use, and osteoarthritis is likely in due course.
Thumb injuryLoss of Thumb£33,330 to £51,460Loss of Thumb

It’s important to bear in mind that these figures are estimates only. The value of any case is very much dependent on the unique facts of the case. We could, however, provide you with a more precise valuation if you contact our team of knowledgeable advisors on the number at the top of this page.

Examples Of Damages You Can Claim For A Trampoline Accident

In the above section, we made reference to special damages. These are designed to compensate you for any financial losses or expenses incurred as a result of the injury. When it comes to recovering such costs, it’s important to keep hold of all receipts, bills, invoices and bank statements. Without evidence, they will be difficult to claim for. Some examples of the losses that you can recover include: 

  • Travel costs (if you had to travel to get treatment).

  • Medical fees (if you had to pay for private treatment).

  • Care costs (if you had to hire a nurse or home help).

  • Loss of income (if you missed work).

  • Lowered future earnings (if you can’t work at the same level anymore).

Someone Has Had A Trampoline Injury, What Should I Do?

If you or one of your children has been harmed in a trampoline accident, the steps below will help you to deal with the situation as best as you can, as well as helping you to prepare for making a claim:

  1. Take photographs of the scene of the accident and its cause.
  2. Gather contact details for any witnesses.
  3. Get proper medical care at a walk-in centre or hospital.
  4. Make sure the accident has been reported to the trampoline park, if applicable.
  5. Begin to record all financial losses you suffer due to the accident.

Trampoline Park Duty Of Care And Accident Prevention

When it comes to preventing trampoline injuries, the operator of a park has a clear duty of care towards all visitors. The park must conform with all relevant health and safety legislation to reduce the risk of injury to the lowest level possible. If there is a failure to comply with their legal duties and an accident occurs as a result, the operator could be liable in the event of a claim.

Can You Claim For A Trampoline Park Accident If You Signed A Waiver?

The answer to the question, “I signed a waiver, can I still sue a trampoline park?” is that in many cases, yes, you can. The fact you have signed a waiver does not exempt the park from complying with health and safety regulations, and in many cases, such a clause in a contract would be deemed unfair under Section 2 of the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977, which prevents firms from limiting their liability when it comes to negligence

Trampoline Park Accident And Injury Statistics

Trampoline accident statistics

Trampoline accident statistics

Looking at the graph above, we can see that trampolining is a safer sport than many others. However, trampoline injury statistics, UK related, are not yet available in a large enough sample size to make any intelligent deductions based upon then. However, in the US, there are around 100,000 people injured each year. For children under the age of 16, 93% of accidents result in a fracture of some kind.

Source

https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/trampolines-are-no-place-kids-docs-warn-f1B6054327

 

Statistics For Trampoline Accidents In The Home

The previous section answered the question, how dangerous are trampolines? Accidents at home are more common than accidents at a park. At home, around 66% of all accidents happen when more than one person is using the trampoline. Additionally, around 15% of accidents happen to children under the age of 6.

Source

https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/trampolines-are-no-place-kids-docs-warn-f1B6054327

Safety Advice For Using Trampolines At Home And At Trampoline Parks

If you have an accident at a trampoline park that was due to lax safety, you could be able to claim. Parks have to provide safety features such as a method for stopping a trampoline (claiming it), no jump borders, and limiting the kind of actions a jumper can take.

At home, safety considerations such as placing it in an area that has enough room, continuous supervision from an adult, fitting a safety net to prevent falls, and making sure it is well-maintained will all reduce the risk of an injury occurring.

What Are The Most Common Trampoline Injuries?

 What are the most common injuries suffered while trampolining? 

  • Broken legs.
  • Neck injuries.
  • Spine injuries.
  • Sprains and strains.
  • Head trauma.
  • Elbow and knee injuries.

Trampoline Head And Neck Injury Claims

If a person lands badly, especially after performing a flip or summersault, they could land on their head. This could result in either a neck injury or a head injury. Either of which could be quite serious. If the accident was the fault of a third party, such as inadequate guidance from staff or supervision of children, you could have valid grounds to make a claim.

Broken And Fractured Bone Trampoline Injuries

Broken bone sand fractures, such as a fractured elbow, or a broken arm, are very common trampoline injuries. When a person lands badly, especially if they miss the trampoline and land in the staging area or on the frame of the trampoline, fractures are often the result.

Back Injuries Caused By Trampolining

One of the most serious kinds of trampoline injuries is a back injury. Even a minor back injury could take many weeks to heal. A more serious one could result in paralysis, which would have a permanent negative effect on the life of the victim.

Knee Injuries Caused By Trampolining

Knee injuries are a common type of trampoline-related injury. When a person is jumping on a trampoline, the higher they jump, the more stress they place on their knees. This is a recipe for soft tissue injuries such as sprains and strains.

What Can Cause An Accident At A Gym Or Trampoline Park?

Similar to the above, the statistics on trampoline injuries show us that the main causes of injuries at home include:

  • No adult supervision.
  • More than one person using the trampoline at a time.
  • Insufficient space around the trampoline.
  • Insufficient maintenance.

What Can Cause A Trampoline Accident At Home?

There are many causes of a trampoline accident at home, but there are some which are more common than others. Statistics on trampoline injuries show us that this includes:

  • No adult supervision.
  • More than one person using the trampoline at a time.
  • Insufficient space around the trampoline.
  • Insufficient maintenance.

Child Trampoline Accident Compensation Claims

Child injured in trampoline accident

Child injured in trampoline accident

If a child is injured using a trampoline, they will be too young to make their own claim. In this case, a parent or other legal guardian could act as a litigation friend if they wished to pursue a claim on their child’s behalf. We can help with this, and explain how the process of acting as a litigation friend for a child works. Alternatively, the child can wait until they turn 18, and from that point onwards they would have until their 21st birthday to issue a claim. We would, however, advise against waiting so long as claims become harder to investigate, and sometimes prove, with the passage of time.

Trampoline Park Accident At Work Claims

If you work at a trampoline park, your employer is legally obligated to provide you with a safe and healthy working environment. This means full compliance with all health and safety legislation, such as the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. If your employer has failed in their duties of care to you and as a result you have experienced an accident and suffered harm, you could have valid grounds to make a claim. You may, however, be concerned about making a claim against your employer in case they dismiss you or take disciplinary action. It may relieve you to know that no employer can fire you for making a claim that was their fault. All employers must have employers’ liability insurance in place to protect both themselves and you in the event of an accident. If an employer does fire you for making a claim, then you can pursue a separate claim against them for unfair dismissal. This is something our specialist panel of solicitors can help you with. Simply call us on the number at the top of the page for more information.

How Long Do I Have To Claim For A Trampoline Accident?

The table below shows the personal injury claims time limit that could apply in your own case. If you are outside of the time limit, there are exceptional circumstances in which the time can be extended. It would be best to speak to one of our advisors about this, so call us on the number at the top of this page.

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Circumstances of Your ClaimTime Limit
For people who were less than 18 years old when the incident took place.3 years from the day they turn 18.
For people who were more than 18 years old when the incident took place.3 years from the day the incident took place.

How Do You Begin A Claim For Trampoline Injuries

Starting a claim for a trampoline injury is very easy. Just call us on the number at the top of this page and speak to one of our claim advisors. They will go over your claim with you, inform you of your legal options, and offer you some free legal advice on how best to proceed with your claim.

Speak to a claims advisor via web chat, email or telephone.The claims advisor will evaluate your claim for you.If you have a valid claim, we can start processing it straight away.

No Win, No Fee Claims For Trampoline Accidents And Injuries

Our panel of solicitors can give you the option of entering into a No Win, No Fee Agreement. This is also known as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). The purpose of the CFA is to offer claimants financial protection and the confidence to pursue justice. If you sign a CFA with a solicitor from our panel, you will not have to pay any fees upfront, nor will you have to pay any fees during your claim either. And if your claim is unsuccessful, you will not have to pay any of the fees your solicitor has incurred in pursuing your case.

If your claim is successful, your solicitor may seek a small contribution towards their costs. This is known as a ‘success fee’ and would be deducted from the compensation awarded at the end of the claim. Don’t worry, the success fee is legally capped and will be set out in clear terms within the CFA.

How Our Team Can Help You

We understand how stressful it is to suffer an accident, particularly one that was not your fault. As such, we strive to ensure that your position is rectified as much as possible. One way in which our panel of solicitors do this is to battle to recover as much compensation as possible. Our panel of solicitors has decades of experience in handling such claims and will guide you through the complexities of the claims process with ease. They will keep you updated every step of the way and if at any time you have a query, they’ll be on hand to take your call.

Contact Us

Have you or one of your children been injured in a trampoline accident? Do you think that you have a valid claim? If so, speak to our claims team today on 0161 696 9685, so that they can help get your claim started right away.

Further Advice And Information

You may find the web pages at the following links to be useful:

First aid for trampoline injuries

Information on trampoline park safety from ROSPA

ROSPA information on trampoline safety at home

 

Guide by CR

Edited by DEG