Trampolines are a popular source of entertainment and exercise for many Texans. In fact, trampoline parks are often the selected location for play dates and birthday parties, allowing kids to burn off some energy while their parents look on.
However, trampolines can be quite dangerous—even deadly. If you or a loved one has been injured at a trampoline park, you need an experienced Texas personal injury attorney to represent your interests.
Liability for Trampoline Park Accidents
Liability for trampoline-related injuries can be a tricky issue. There are a number of players involved, such as:
- The owner of the trampoline
- The manufacturer of the trampoline
- Another individual who was using the trampoline at the time of the accident
Trampoline park owners may be liable for trampoline injuries if they have not properly maintained the trampoline. For example, perhaps the trampoline had a rip in the jumping mat, or one of the springs had begun to rust.
If the owner knew—or should have known—about these safety hazards, and did not warn others about them, the trampoline park owner may face liability for a trampoline accident.
Manufacturers may also be held liable for product defects. There are three primary types of product defects:
- Design defects
- Manufacturing defects
- Marketing defects
With a design defect, the way the product was designed is the issue. For example, perhaps a trampoline was designed with a weak type of metal that could not support the weight of jumpers.
With manufacturing defects, the issue occurs as the product is being made. The wrong type of material may be used to make a part, for example.
Marketing defects occur when companies fail to give proper warnings or instructions with a product. An example of a trampoline’s marketing defect would be listing an incorrect weight limit on the trampoline. If the weight limit is too low, the trampoline may break if too many people jump on it.
Others who were using the trampoline at the time of the accident may also be held liable. For example, someone may have intentionally pushed the victim or otherwise caused the victim to fall and get hurt. Individuals who fail to follow the safety instructions at trampoline parks may face liability if they cause injury to others.
Experienced Texas injury attorneys are able to identify all responsible parties in a trampoline park injury case and pursue a claim against them.
Waivers and Filing Deadlines in Claims Involving Minors
Before entering a trampoline park with your children, the trampoline park requests that a waiver be signed on their behalf. However, in Texas, these waivers do not apply to children. Therefore, you may be able to pursue a claim if your child was injured in a trampoline park, even if a waiver was signed.
Additionally, when a minor is injured in Texas, the statute of limitations for an injury claim does not begin until the child turns 18. The statute of limitations for injury claims is two years. Therefore, injured children have until they are 20 years old to file an injury claim for their trampoline park-related injuries, so long as they were under 18 years of age at the time of the incident.
Examples of Trampoline Park Accident Injuries
There is a range of injuries that may occur on a trampoline. These include:
- Broken bones, especially in the radius and ulna. These types of breaks are usually caused by falling on one’s hands.
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Cuts and lacerations
By taking a few safety measures, the risk of trampoline injuries may be reduced.
- For example, only one individual should jump on the trampoline at a time. This reduces the chances of jumpers stumbling over each other and falling as they jump.
- Jumpers should not try to flip or do somersaults on the trampoline.
- Nets or other types of enclosures should be installed around the trampoline to prevent jumpers from falling onto the ground.
- Ladders should not be installed on trampolines so that children are not able to get onto the trampoline without adult supervision.
- Children must always be supervised on a trampoline.
- The springs on a trampoline should always have soft padding over them.
Trampoline parks that fail to implement and enforce safety guidelines may be held liable for injuries that occur.
Damages in a Trampoline Injury Claim
Those injured in trampoline park accidents may be able to seek several different types of damages in their claims, such as:
- Medical expenses, including the cost of future medical care
- Lost wages
- Loss of employment benefits
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
Your Texas injury attorney will make sure that all available types of damages are pursued in your claim to maximize the amount of compensation you receive.
Call Patterson Law Group Today to Schedule a Free Consultation
If you or a loved one has been injured in a trampoline accident, you should speak with an attorney as soon as possible to understand your legal options. To schedule a free consultation with our legal team, contact us at 817-784-2000.