Trampoline injury compensation could potentially be paid in cases where someone is hurt on or by a trampoline, when they were not to blame for the accident. Trampolines have become very popular in recent years, with larger trampolines becoming available to buy and set up at home. You’ve no doubt seen them in gardens near where you live, so it is not always necessary to go out to a sports centre or other venue that has a trampoline you can use.
According to a report from RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents), between 200,000 and 250,000 trampolines were sold in 2014 alone in the UK. This is encouraging in a sense, because trampolining is great exercise. It is also good for both children and adults, but it can also be dangerous if the proper safety rules are not followed. There have been cases where trampoline injury compensation has been the result of accidents that have occurred where safety rules have been lacking.
If you own a trampoline, you must make sure it is safe for use, and that no more than one person at a time uses it. Additionally, if you go to a venue that has trampolining available, you should know it is safe to use and that the owners and operators of the venue have taken every care to protect those who wish to use them.
What injuries might you suffer in a trampolining accident?
Bouncing around on a trampoline is good fun, but the fun can stop abruptly if you are injured in an accident while using one. Among the injuries that can potentially occur (and may lead to trampoline injury compensation) are:
- Injuries occurring when falling from a trampoline – these can affect the head, neck, back, and extremities
- Broken bones
- Sprains and strains
- Cuts and bruises caused in a fall from a trampoline
- Other injuries caused when someone falls from a trampoline onto you
- Similar injuries caused if more than one person is on a trampoline, contrary to guidelines and recommendations, and a collision occurs
Since so many youngsters get involved in trampolining, it’s obvious that accidents are almost certainly going to occur occasionally. One survey found 49% of children between the ages of four and 15 use trampolines, with 23% saying they use them on a regular basis.
What to do if you’re injured in a trampolining accident
Report it immediately to the staff nearby. If someone has fallen from the trampoline, it may be necessary to call an ambulance. Since a fall from a trampoline can occur from quite a height, and the person may not land on their feet, the potential for head, neck, and back injuries can be significant. If any such injury is suspected, or the person has been knocked out and is unresponsive, don’t delay – call an ambulance immediately. You should also refrain from moving them as this can cause further injury.
All suspected injuries must be checked out to ensure no serious damage has been done. Bouncing around on a trampoline is fun, but it is easy to lose your balance, or be thrown off if someone else decides to jump onto it, too. Indeed, one report by Avon NHS discovered a full 80% of people who were injured while using a trampoline were hurt due to multiple users being on the trampoline at the same time. RoSPA guidance indicates 74% of injuries were related to this, so the statistics are reasonably consistent and point to the importance of using the trampoline one at a time.
If you suspect negligence was the reason why the accident occurred, it is a good idea to get medical advice for any injuries sustained in the accident. If you were at a venue that provided trampolines, and you think negligence might have been responsible, your visit to casualty, or a minor injuries unit, or to your GP, will be recorded. This means it can be used as evidence should you later decide to try and claim trampoline injury compensation.
What kinds of injuries might lead to trampoline injury compensation being awarded?
One important thing to note is that the injury you suffer is not the most important element of considering a claim. Instead, it is whether negligence was the cause of that injury. For example, if you failed to take heed of health and safety instructions, you might be at fault for breaking your leg while incorrectly using a trampoline. However, if you suffered a broken finger in a fall, and it turned out the operator of the trampoline was negligent, you could lodge a claim against the third party for your injury. Thus, getting advice about trampoline injury compensation is vital if you wish to know whether you could claim.
Seek trampoline injury advice from our team now
The next step to finding the advice you need is simply to give our team a ring. You have three years in which to lodge a claim if you have enough evidence to prove negligence. This means you have time to recover from your injuries if you do not wish to make a claim straight away. Obviously, getting treatment will be the priority, particularly if you are bleeding heavily from your injury, you suspect a broken bone or sprain, or have a more serious injury such as a head or back injury.
Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 5659 when you do require no-obligation advice about claiming, and ask about trampoline injury compensation. Once we know what happened and how it happened, we can see whether one of our professional personal injury lawyers could help you move ahead with a compensation claim. If so, it will be on a no win no fee basis, so you are never put at any financial risk of losing out. Call now to find out how easy claiming could potentially be.