Trampoline Park Accident
Can You Sue A Trampoline Park?
Trampolining is a fun activity for people of all ages. However, with all sports and boisterous activities, there is always the possibility that something can go wrong. If you have been injured in a trampolining accident, you may be wondering whether you can sue a trampoline park for your injuries. Depending upon the specific circumstances of the incident, you may be able to claim compensation if you have been injured in an accident at a trampoline park.
The Responsibility Of The Trampoline Park Owners
As with any business, it is the responsibility of the trampoline park owners to protect their customers and employees from harm. They have a duty of care towards your health and safety. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) carefully outlines how commercial trampoline parks and their managers should ensure safety. You can sue a trampoline park if the park failed to follow these regulations. The guidelines outlined by RoSPA include:
- There should be safety briefings given by staff members to all customers. These safety procedures should include certain details, such as telling the customers that certain dangerous manoeuvres (like backflips) are not permitted. These safety briefings should clearly outline any risks inherent to the park and rules that are specific to that park/any general rules and regulations that are relevant to their position as a customer at a trampoline park. If this is not done by the staff or if you as a staff member have not been trained on how to give these briefings, that is a clear violation of health and safety regulations.
- First aid training – at least one staff member on every shift should be first aid trained so that if an accident does occur there can be immediate relief at the scene of the incident.
- Limiting the number of jumpers on a trampoline – the trampoline park should clearly outline how many jumpers are allowed to be on a trampoline at a time.
- Barriers or crash matts should be placed around the trampoline area to reduce the likelihood of an injury occurring if someone falls off the trampoline.
With the exception of children, there is a three-year time limit on making a personal injury claim. This time limit begins from the date that the accident initially occurred.
Before a child turns eighteen years old it is possible to make a claim on their behalf at any time. The law stipulates that after the age of eighteen they only have three years in which to make a claim. If your child sustained an injury as a minor (under the age of 18), the claim must be submitted within 3 years of their 18th birthday.
If you are involved in an accident whilst at a trampoline park then it is important that you report the accident to a member of staff and ensure that this is recorded in the accident report book. It is a legal requirement for every business in the UK to have an accident report book. You must also check the report that is filed in the accident report book to ensure that it is recorded accurately. If you disagree with the version of events that has been written in the accident book, you must make a written record of your objections and you should not sign the report. You should seek medical attention from your GP or the local Accident and Emergency Department as soon as possible.
Independent witnesses would also help to support your claim. Therefore, you should obtain the names and contact details of anyone who witnesses the accident as this can help to ensure that your claim is successful.
Suing A Trampoline Park For Compensation
All personal injury cases are unique and so the amount of compensation that is awarded in each case is also unique. The amount of compensation that is awarded is determined by looking at two specific factors – general damages and special damages.
The pain and suffering that your injuries have caused is the main factor that is used to determine how much compensation you are owed. This will usually be determined by undergoing a medical examination, from which a report is created that outlines the length of time the injuries will take to heal as well as their severity.
Our compensation calculator gives an indication of how much you might be entitled to based upon your injuries. Jefferies Solicitors will take these different details relating to your injury into account when calculating how much compensation you should be awarded, which will then be put forward to the opposing side and the judge.
However, compensation also takes into account any financial losses that you might have suffered as a result of your injuries, such as a loss of earnings due to being unable to return to work. If you have had to pay for treatment or travel to treatment, compensation may also be able to cover this as well. Therefore, you should keep any receipts or other documents that help to outline the extent of your financial losses, as caused by your accident/injuries.TRY THE ONLINE ELIGIBILITY CHECKER
Contact Jefferies Solicitors Today
Our experts at Jefferies Solicitors are well experienced in dealing with a range of different case types. We understand how traumatic sustaining an injury can be and so we want to make the process of claiming compensation as stress-free as possible. No matter exactly where you are located throughout England and Wales, we can help process your case.
At first, we will need some initial details about the specifics of your injuries and how this has impacted upon your life. Please contact us today on 0800 342 3206 or through our online form to get started. A member of our team will quickly be in touch to discuss your case, confidentiality is ensured with all our clients.