How To Claim Compensation For A Trampoline Accident?

There is no denying that trampoline parks have become popular in the UK in recent years. More and more people, children and adults alike, are enjoying this activity. However, as is the case with any sort of sport or physical activity, there is the risk of injury. If you have been involved in a trampoline accident and it was not your fault, there is a high chance that you will be entitled to compensation. Here at Accident Claims UK, we have helped many people to get the compensation they deserve for such accidents. Our helpline is available 24 hours per day, and you can reach us on 0800 073 8801 for free legal advice. However, before you do so, please read on to find out everything you need to know regarding trampoline accident claims. This includes information on trampoline park safety statistics, how to claim for bad trampoline accidents, and much more.

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A guide to claiming compensation for a trampoline accident

In recent years, there has been a massive surge in popularity for trampolining. In 2014, there were more than 200,000 trampolines purchased for home use according to RoSPA. Not only this, but 140 trampoline parks have opened in the last three years in the United Kingdom. However, this has naturally led to more accidents as a consequence. While some accidents happen due to sheer clumsiness, there are a number of incidents that have occurred due to negligence. This could be because there was a fault with the trampoline you purchased for your home, or it could be because of negligence that happened at the trampoline park you were visiting. Either way, you will be able to claim if the incident was not your fault.

Trampoline accident claim

Trampoline accident claim

In this guide, you will find out everything you need to know about trampoline accident claims. This includes details on claiming for specific injuries, for example, trampoline broken leg claims and trampoline broken art claims. You will also find information on trampoline park safety UK-wide, including trampoline accidents statistics, as well as how much compensation you may be able to receive if you were to go forward with such a case. If you still have queries by the time you have finished reading this post, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us for more information. You will find out contact details, including our phone number and email address, at the end of the guide.

Trampoline accident and injury statistics

As mentioned in the introduction, the popularity of trampolining in recent years has, unfortunately, led to more trampoline injuries UK-wide. So, let’s take a look at trampoline injuries statistics in further detail. According to a BBC show, in the 12 months leading up to April 2016, there were 315 ambulance callouts to just 30 trampoline parks. This has since got much worse, with 1,181 ambulances being called to trampoline parks across England in 2017. This equates to more than three per day. Not only this, but over 6,000 individuals have been injured on trampolines since 2014. And, of course, it is worth pointing out that there will have been plenty of injuries that have gone unreported too. For information regarding trampoline park safety statistics and how to stay safe while using a trampoline, head to RoSPA. Interestingly, RoSPA have also noted that for injuries relating to individuals under the age of 14-years-old in the home, which have caused hospital admission, as many as half of these have been caused due to trampolines.

Common injuries people suffer when trampolining

There are lots of different types of injuries that can be caused when using a trampoline, as any part of the body can end up with damage depending on the way you land and how the incident has happened. Some of the most common consequences of a trampoline accident are as follows:

  • Trampoline broken neck injury
  • Trampoline broken back
  • Trampoline broken ankle
  • Trampoline injuries of the cervical spine
  • Muscle strains and ligament damage injuries
  • Trampoline knee injuries
  • Trampoline back injuries
  • … and much more!

In terms of claiming, it does not necessarily matter what type of injury you have sustained, so long as it occurred through no fault of your own. You need to prove that someone else is to blame for what happened to you.

Injuries from trampoline accidents at home

If you or someone you love has been injured due to an accident on a trampoline that happened while at home, you may be able to make a claim. Despite advice from the RoSPA, more than 60 per cent of home trampoline injuries happen because more than one person has used a trampoline at the same time. It is important to stress that if the manufacturer has stated the trampoline should only be used by one person, and you have gone against these instructions, then you are held responsible for what has happened, and so it can be difficult to claim. You need to show that you were not at fault for the accident. For example, there may have been a problem with the trampoline’s construction, or the instructions provided by the manufacturer may be to blame. If you are unsure whether you have a claim, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us for more information and we can advise you.

Accidents and injuries in gyms and trampoline parks

While some trampoline accidents occur at home, there are also many incidents that happen at gyms and trampoline parks. If you have been injured in such an incident, you may have grounds to claim if the trampoline park or gym are deemed negligent. All businesses in the UK have a legal responsibility to follow stringent health and safety guidelines to ensure their employees and members of the public are safe. If they have failed in this responsibility, for example, if they did not have enough staff watching over people or if they failed to carry out a risk assessment, you can make a claim for compensation.

Parts of the body commonly injured on a trampoline

As mentioned earlier, there are numerous parts of the body that can get injured while trampolining because it all depends on the nature of the accident and how you land. However, below we will go over some of the most common types of claims for injuries to the body when trampolining.

Back injuries from a trampoline

There is no denying that back injuries are a common outcome when it comes to trampoline accidents. They can also be some of the most serious, especially if the person has suffered a broken neck or back. According to the Spinal Injuries Association in the United Kingdom, around four to six people per year sustain spinal cord injuries that have been sustained while using a trampoline. These injuries can impact an individual for the rest of their life.

Knee injuries from a trampoline

It is not uncommon for people to suffer knee injuries when they have been involved in a trampoline accident because they land awkwardly and their knee jolts out of place. These injuries can differ substantially in terms of severity, with some injuries leading to a quick recovery within a matter of weeks and others causing lifelong effects. No matter what has happened, you will be able to claim if you have experienced any type of knee injury.

Broken legs suffered on a trampoline

A broken leg is also a common outcome of a trampoline injury. The leg can break in various areas, from the lower leg to the thigh, and even the foot. Such incidents can be severe and they can have a long-term impact on the person. The individual may need to use a wheelchair for a considerable period of time, and this can result in them being unable to go to work. If this has happened to you, it is vital to stress that you can claim for loss of income, as well as any psychological impact your leg injury has had on you.

What steps should you take after a trampoline injury?

If you have been involved in a trampoline accident and it was not your fault, there are a number of steps you need to take to ensure you get the medical assistance you need while also giving yourself a good basis for a compensation claim. These are as follows…

  1. See a medical professional. There is only one place to begin, and this is with getting the medical assistance you require for the accident you have been involved in. Of course, this is critical for your health, but it also serves as an official record of what has happened.
  2. Take photographs of the scene. If there is any damage to the scene, take some photos on your smartphone.
  3. Get the contact information of anyone that witnessed the incident so that they can make a witness statement.
  4. Report the accident to the manufacturer or the trampoline park. Again, this acts as another official record of what has happened, which will strengthen your case.
  5. Keep proof of any expenses you have encountered as a direct consequence of what happened. You will be able to claim for everything from travel costs to loss of income, but you do need proof.
  6. Contact Accident Claims UK and we will ensure you are provided with a solicitor that has specialist experience in such claims and up to 30 years of working in the industry.

What duty of care are users to trampoline parks owed in the UK?

Anyone who has purchased, rented, or hired a trampoline for personal use, a public place, an occasion, or an event, is owed a duty of care. If you have purchased a trampoline for your home, the manufacturer owes you a duty of care. If you have paid for a day at a trampoline park or a gym, you are owed a duty of care by the company in question. This means that you are owed the following:

  • The use of a safety net
  • A first-aider on standby
  • The trampoline to be set-up in a location that is suitable and safe
  • Adequate observation for anyone using the trampoline
  • Appropriate and safe training methods
  • The assurance that you are prepared appropriately and in the right mental and physical condition

If this duty of care has not been provided and you have been injured, you have the right to claim.

What happens if you have signed a waiver?

Many gyms, exercise classes or businesses such as a trampoline park will make participants sign a waiver. Does this stop a person from making a personal injury claim? The short answer to this is no. Although waivers are a legal document, this does not mean that event organisers and business owners are completed shielded from any responsibility. As per the Unfair Contract Terms Act, liability for death or injury that has been caused due to negligence cannot be restricted or excluded because of a waiver, so do make sure you proceed with your claim.

Trampoline accident compensation claim calculator

If you have had the misfortune of being involved in a trampoline accident, it is only natural that you would want to know how much compensation you may get if you do decide to pursue with a claim. What it is important to stress is that every claim is handled on a case-by-case basis. This is because all injuries and incidents differ. You may have sustained a back injury, and so may someone else, but the severity and the impact the injury has had on your life could be completely different to the other person. Therefore, it is only fair that each case is properly evaluated so that the right compensation amount is awarded. Because of this, though, providing an accurate quotation for any type of claim is very difficult. If any solicitor promises you a certain amount of money, please do not pin your hopes on this. No professional should state you will get ‘x’ amount because no one knows until the compensation is awarded. However, what we can do is use data from past trampoline accident claims to give you an understanding of the average payout for different injuries relating to trampoline accidents. That is exactly what you will find in the table below.

What sort of injury have you sustained?The level of severityFurther notesTypical payout awarded
Fractured tibiaModerateA fractured tibia will make it either impossible or extremely difficult for the individual to walk.£21,750 - £104,100
Fractured feetMinorYou may need to use a wheelchair because your foot will not able to support your weight.£5,300 - £11,050
Fractured elbowsModerateSuch incidents can cause reduced function as well as damage to the arm as a whole.£11,400 - £23,900
Fractured elbowsMinorThis injury can cause weakness and stiffness in the arm.£3,100 - £9,750
Fractured ankleModerate – severeYou will not be able to support your weight if you have a fractured ankle. There could also be some swelling.£10,300 - £53,100
Knee injuryModerateThis injuries involve wasting or weakness in the joint. You may also experience dislocation, instability, and some stiffness.£11,275 - £19,900
Knee injurySevereThis injuries can be serious and result in a sufficient amount of loss of function and pain. It is not uncommon for osteooarhtirits to develop, as well as gross damage and lengthy treatment.£53,000 - £73,125
Back injurySevereParalysis and loss of motor function are common for the most severe back injuries.£30,750 - £123,300
Back injuryModerateThis payout is for back damage that causes on-going pain and long-term symptoms.£8,750 - £30,750
Back injuryMinorThis type of back injury only results in temporary damage. The claimant may experience pain but it will be on a short-term basis.£350 - £9,850

Hopefully, you now have a better understanding regarding the different payout levels for injuries relating to trampoline accidents. Nevertheless, if you cannot find the injury you have sustained in the table above, please do not hesitate to give us a call for further information and we will happily shed some light on this.

No win no fee compensation claims for trampoline accidents

One of the main features of our service at Accident Claims UK is that we only offer No Win, No Fee claims. This means that you will have nothing to pay if your case is not a success. This protects you from any potential monetary risk. You know that you are never going to be in a situation with no compensation yet a huge legal bill. It also means that anyone can make a claim, no matter their financial situation.

Why make your claim with Accident Claims UK

From trampoline broken leg accident claims to claims for trampoline broken bones, there are a number of different reasons why you should choose Accident Claims UK over the competition. This includes the following:

  • We have many years of experience in the industry.
  • Our team is made up of specialist solicitors with up to 30 years of experience.
  • We provide free legal advice on our personal claims line.
  • Our service is 100 per cent No Win, No Fee. There is nothing to pay if you lose.
  • We have an excellent track record for securing the highest payout amounts.
  • We have received great feedback from our customers and we have an excellent reputation in the sector.
  • We always put our customers first.

Talk to us today

Hopefully, you now have all of the information you need regarding how to make a claim for an accident at a trampoline park. If you have any questions or you would like to continue and get the claim process started, please do not hesitate to get in touch. What was the worst trampoline accident ever? How many trampoline park injuries UK wide have resulted in compensation? How do you claim for trampoline accidents with a net? Fire any question at us, and we will do our best to help. We have a live chat feature on our website, as well as a 24-hour personal injury line, which you can reach on 0800 073 8801. This line is open every day of the week, including Saturdays and Sundays. If you would prefer, fill out the request a call back box on our home page and we will ring you. You can also send an email to office@accidentclaims.co.uk and we will aim to get back to you within three hours if you have called on a weekday.

Useful links

Broken Legs Information

This link takes you to the NHS website, where you will find information on treatment for a broken leg.

Sports injuries – NHS

Head to this link for information on different sporting injuries. This includes the likes of back injuries, head injuries, hamstring injuries, bone injuries and much more.