When it comes to your child’s safety, you can never be too careful. As a parent, it can be stressful and scary to let your children experience the world. No matter what you do, there will still be times when accidents happen. Trampoline accidents, for example, are unfortunately rather common and often involve children. Continue reading to learn some trampoline safety tips and more about the legal liability surrounding trampoline accidents.
How Often Do Trampoline Accidents Occur?
There are about 100,000 trampoline accidents that occur annually and unfortunately children are the most at risk. Trampolines land tons of people in the emergency room and are a cause for many medical bills. If you or your child has been involved in a trampoline accident, you may be entitled to compensation. We at LeBaron and Jensen employ several experienced and knowledgeable personal injury attorneys who would be happy to help you in the event of a trampoline accident.
There are many cases in which children visit their neighbors’ and suffer a severe injury as a result of jumping on the trampoline. The parents of the child end up suing their neighbors and a huge mess begins. Make sure that if you allow your neighbor’s children to jump on the trampoline that they have supervision. It may also be helpful to have certain rules about the trampoline, including no backflips, and to revoke a child’s jumping privileges if they do not follow the rules. Also be sure to have a safety net and to discourage multiple people jumping on the trampoline.
Who Is Liable In A Trampoline Accident?
There are usually three different individuals who may be liable in a trampoline accident. The first person who could be liable would be the trampoline manufacturer. If the accident was caused by the trampoline itself, such as a spring breaking or the mesh ripping, it will most likely be the manufacturer at fault.
However in some cases, it will be the owner of the trampoline who will be considered at fault. The only time where the manufacturer may not be liable is if the owner did not properly take care of the trampoline. For example, if the spring broke or the mesh ripped because the trampoline was very old or was not properly taken care of, then it may be the owners the problem and they would be held responsible.
The last potential person that could be liable in a trampoline accident would be the other person jumping on the trampoline. Each person has a responsibility to jump carefully and considerately around other individuals on a trampoline. So, if someone was injured because they got knocked off a trampoline, the other person will likely be liable for their injuries. If you or your child was injured due to another person’s negligence, then you may be entitled to compensation.
What To Do If You Are In A Trampoline Accident
If you or your child is injured in a trampoline accident, then it would be important she get in contact with a personal injury attorney. The first thing that one should do when an injury has occurred is to make sure that individual gets proper medical treatment. Once the injured individual is in a safe state, it is time to contact the authorities.
Document the scene and the injuries for your attorney and for the insurance companies. Once the police have arrived, get their contact information, as well as information of the other people involved in the incident. Getting the police involved is crucial, because it makes sure that there is an official record of the accident. It helps create a record for the insurance companies and for any potential lawsuits.
Do You Need Legal Representation?
Trampoline accidents are no joke. While trampolines are for fun and good times, they can unfortunately cause different problems if not used properly. If you or your child has been injured in a trampoline accident, then it may be advisable to consider getting legal representation. Not only can getting in contact with a personal injury lawyer make it possible to potentially get medical bills paid for, but it may also be helpful in protecting your future. Reach out to us at LeBaron & Jensen to get your individual trampoline accident case reviewed.