Trampoline parks are popping up throughout Kentucky as a great source of family fun, but with that entertainment comes risk. With the rise of trampoline parks, there has also been a rise in trampoline park-related injuries. Over a four-year period, the number of trampoline park-related injuries nationwide jumped from 580 to approximately 7,000 annually.
Trampoline Park Injuries
Causes of injury could include collision with another jumper, jumping into shallow foam pit, sliding under protective padding, bumping into or landing on hard surface, or double-bouncing.
Common injuries include:
Unfortunately, there aren’t strict safety rules and standards for trampoline parks. A trade organization has been established and developed safety regulations. However, the International Association of Trampoline Parks operates on an honor system. With no way to be sure that these regulations are being followed there’s a risk that some parks may not be safe.
- Exposed dangerous material
- Broken or defective equipment
- Lack of netting
- Incorrect bedding or padding
- Overcrowded facilities
- Understaffed or unsupervised facilities
- Lack of training for staff
Most trampoline parks will require you to sign a waiver before you can use their facility. These waivers generally waive liability on injuries that are from inherent risk of the activity such as minor sprains or bruises. If the owner or operator of the park acted negligently, this would not be covered by the waiver and any injury as a result of that could lead to a personal injury lawsuit.
In order to show negligence in any personal injury case you must prove four things:
- Duty: the entity that you are suing had a duty to provide a safe experience
- Breach of duty: the entity failed to provide the safe experience required
- Causation: it’s not enough that duty was breached, it must also be proven that the injuries were a direct result of the breach
- Damages: lastly, you must prove that the injuries resulted in actual damages
Seeking Compensation with An Experienced Personal Injury Attorney
Injuries are unexpected and often come with heavy burdens, including medical bills and pain. If you or someone you love was injured due to the negligence of a trampoline park, you may be entitled to compensation. Our attorneys at McCoy, Hiestand & Smith are here to make things right.