By Fern Easton. Last Updated 26th February 2021. Welcome to our guide on claiming 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
- Trampoline accident and injury statistics
- Common injuries people suffer when trampolining
- Injuries from trampoline accidents at home
- Accidents and injuries in gyms and trampoline parks
- Parts of the body commonly injured on a trampoline
- Back injuries from a trampoline
- Knee injuries from a trampoline
- Broken legs suffered on a trampoline
- What steps should you take after a trampoline injury?
- What duty of care are users to trampoline parks owed in the UK?
- What happens if you have signed a waiver?
- Trampoline accident compensation claim calculator
- No win no fee compensation claims for trampoline accidents
- Why make your claim with Accident Claims UK
- Talk to us today
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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.
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 our contact details, including our phone number and email address, at the end of the guide.
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.
A report by RoSPA working alongside the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, which looked at a selection of data, revealed that 20,883 children between the ages of 0 and 19 were treated for injuries in A&E between January 2012 and March 2014. 1.8% of thee injuries involved trampolining. It’s estimated that across England, 13,000 trampolining accidents are treated in A&E each year at the cost of £1.5 million to the NHS.
The majority of trampolining accidents for younger children occurred at home. But as children get older, although the number of injuries sustained is reduced, the proportion of injuries sustained in school and leisure trampolining accidents grows, as the graph below displays.
Interestingly, RoSPA has 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 a 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.
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.
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.
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…
- 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.
- Take photographs of the scene. If there is any damage to the scene, take some photos on your smartphone.
- Get the contact information of anyone that witnessed the incident so that they can make a witness statement.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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 a claim. 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 from 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 a specific 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 severity||Further notes||Typical payout awarded|
|Fractured tibia||Minor- Moderate||A fractured tibia will make it either impossible or extremely difficult for the individual to walk.||Up to £127,530|
|Fractured feet||Minor||You may need to use a wheelchair because your foot will not able to support your weight.||£6,580 to £12,900
|Fractured elbows||Moderate||Such incidents can cause reduced function as well as damage to the arm as a whole.||£14,690 to £30,050
|Fractured elbows||Minor||This injury can cause weakness and stiffness in the arm.||Up to £11,820
|Fractured ankle||Moderate – severe||You will not be able to support your weight if you have a fractured ankle. There could also be some swelling.||£12,900 to £65,420|
|Knee injury||Moderate||This injuries involve wasting or weakness in the joint. You may also experience dislocation, instability, and some stiffness.||Up to £24,580|
|Knee injury||Severe||This 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.||£24,580 to £90,290|
|Back injury||Severe||Paralysis and loss of motor function are common for the most severe back injuries.||£36,390 to £151,070|
|Back injury||Moderate||This payout is for back damage that causes on-going pain and long-term symptoms.||£11,730 to £36,390|
|Back injury||Minor||This type of back injury only results in temporary damage. The claimant may experience pain but it will be on a short-term basis.||Up to £11,730|
Hopefully, you now have a better understanding of 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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will aim to get back to you within three hours if you have called on a weekday.
Trampoline accident compensation- FAQs
What is the most common injury on a trampoline?
The previously mentioned report by RoSPA has revealed that there’s some disagreement over the most common kinds of injuries sustained in trampoline accidents. Some research suggests that arm and leg fractures are the most common, while others suggest that you’re more likely to suffer a soft tissue injury like bruising or a sprain. The study undertaken by the Royal College of Emergency Medicine showed that the most common severe trampoline injuries were fractures to the upper limb and collarbone.
Can you claim against a trampoline park in the UK?
If you or your child were injured on a trampoline in a trampoline park, and the accident was caused by the park’s negligence, then you might be able to make a claim for compensation. This is the case even if you have signed a liability waiver with the park. The Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977 means that any terms in a contract that limit liability for personal injury through negligence are ineffective. So if you’ve been injured at a trampoline park through no fault of your own, even if you have signed a waiver, get in touch with us today to get the claims process started.
This link takes you to the NHS website, where you will find information on treatment for a broken leg.
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.
Water and leisure safety- A RoSPA guide to keeping safe during leisure activities including camping and snow sports.
Serious injury claims- Our guide to making a claim following a serious injury.
Theme park accident claims- If you or a loved one have been injured in a theme park, this guide could help you claim.
Sprained ankle injury claims– A guide to making a claim following a sprained ankle injury.
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