Nadrich & Cohen represents those who are injured by residential trampolines. If you or your child have suffered trampoline injuries, we can help you recover financial compensation for medical bills, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, pain, suffering and more by filing a trampoline lawsuit on your behalf.
Recent years have seen many lawsuits filed over trampoline park injuries, but trampoline accidents don’t just occur at trampoline parks, and trampoline injury statistics show that the United States sees over 100,000 trampoline injuries per year. Backyard trampolines can cause injuries such as broken bones, soft tissue injuries or traumatic brain injuries, and lawsuits can result when, for example, a trampoline is defective, or a premises liability claim arises from a dangerous condition that a property owner should have fixed.
We represent those with trampoline-related injuries on a contingency fee basis, meaning we won’t charge you any fee until and unless we recover compensation for you. This means you won’t owe us any upfront fees or out of pocket fees for us to handle your case against a trampoline owner, trampoline manufacturer or another party. The only fee you’ll owe us is a percentage of whatever compensation we recover in your trampoline injury case.
If you can’t afford to have your trampoline injuries treated, we can get you or your child to a doctor who will treat you on a lien, meaning no fees will be charged until your case is over. Doctors do this for our trampoline injury clients because they know our clients get great results.
We have been representing trampoline injury victims and other injury victims since 1990. We have recovered over $400,000,000 for clients who have been injured. We have the experience and expertise to recover the maximum possible compensation for your trampoline injuries.
Call us today for a free consultation if you or a loved one was injured in a trampoline accident, text us from this page or fill out the free case evaluation form on this page. Let us fight to recover the justice and compensation you deserve for your trampoline injuries.
Who Is Responsible for Trampoline Injuries?
While many trampoline injuries are the fault of the user of the trampoline, others can be someone else’s responsibility. Parties who can be held legally liable for trampoline injuries include:
- Trampoline manufacturers
- Trampoline owners
- Other individuals or trampoline users
In California, product manufacturers are strictly liable for any injuries which are caused by defective products.
Strict liability means that negligence, or the failure to be reasonably careful to prevent harm, doesn’t need to have to be proven – the manufacturer is liable if their product is defective, whether or not that defect was the result of negligence.
A defective product is a product which is unreasonably dangerous when used correctly or in a reasonably foreseeable manner.
There are three types of product defects which lawsuits can be filed over in California:
- Manufacturing defects
- Design defects
- Failure to warn defects
Manufacturing defects occur because something went wrong during the manufacturing process. An example would be a batch of trampolines was made with the wrong part, compromising its safety.
Design defects are when products are defective by design – they are defective even when manufactured correctly and used correctly.
Failure to warn defects involve products that are sold without adequate warnings about safety risks associated with them, or without adequate instructions containing reasonable safety precautions such as trampoline safety tips.
Call us today for a free consultation if you or a loved one was injured by a defective trampoline.
Property owners must keep visitors, including trampoline users, reasonably safe on their properties. Trampoline owners have a duty to:
Keep their trampolines properly maintained: owners of trampolines need to ensure their trampolines are in good condition. Trampolines, especially ones left outdoors and exposed to the elements, can deteriorate over time. Property owners who let others jump on old, deteriorating trampolines can be held liable for injuries. Trampoline location is also an issue – trampolines should not be located in unsafe areas such as by low power lines or on concrete patios.
Properly supervise trampoline usage: Trampoline owners need to properly supervise those who use trampolines. It is especially important to supervise those who might not understand risks associated with trampolines, such as children. It is common for people to be injured on trampolines when too many people use a trampoline at once, or when users try to pull off dangerous tricks. Trampoline injuries can be prevented by proper supervision.
Protect against an attractive nuisance: Children have a natural attraction to things like trampolines and pools. Owners are responsible for ensuring children can’t freely access attractive nuisances like pools and trampolines. Potential liability and injuries can be limited by keeping trampolines inside fences or by storing access ladders away from trampolines.
When trampoline owners fail to do the above three things and injuries result, they can be held liable for injuries in a premises liability lawsuit.
Call us today for a free consultation if you or a loved one was injured on a trampoline because a property owner allowed a dangerous condition to exist on their property.
Sometimes trampoline injuries are caused by other trampoline users who behave negligently, meaning they do not exercise reasonable care to prevent harm. An example would be a jumper who unexpectedly launches another jumper into the air, leading to them landing wrong and injuring themselves. In a case such as this, the jumper who launched the other jumper could be held liable for careless, negligent behavior.
Call us today for a free consultation if you or a loved one was injured on a trampoline by someone else’s negligence.
Types Of Trampoline Lawsuits
Trampoline lawsuits fall into three categories:
- Premises liability claim
- Product liability claim
- Negligence claim
Premises Liability Claim
A premises liability claim can be filed when someone is injured on a trampoline because a property owner allowed a dangerous condition to exist on their property which they should have fixed, warned about or protected against. An example would be a property owner letting others jump on an old, broken trampoline.
Product Liability Claim
A product liability claim can be filed when someone is injured on a trampoline because the product is defective. An example would be someone being injured by a trampoline which collapsed when much less weight than it was designed to handle was placed on it.
A negligence claim can be filed when someone’s careless behavior leads to a trampoline injury. An example would be a jumper intentionally jumping into other jumpers, causing an injury to occur.
How Often Do Trampoline Injuries Occur?
- Every year sees over 100,000 injuries occur in the United States due to trampolines
- Trampoline injuries led to about $1 billion worth of ER visits from 2002 to 2011
- Children between the ages of 5 and 15 are responsible for 90 percent of trampoline injuries
- Soft tissue injuries, fractures and lacerations are the most common injuries seen on trampolines
- Multiple people using a trampoline at once, falls and directly contacting trampoline springs or frames are the most common reasons for trampoline injuries
- The most commonly injured body parts in trampoline accidents are lower extremities, upper extremities, the head, the trunk and the neck
- Around 34 percent of trampoline injuries happen at trampoline parks
- Around 55 percent of injuries at trampoline parks result in dislocation or fracture
- Around two people die in trampoline accidents every year
Common Trampoline Injuries
A 1998 study described the features of trampoline injuries seen in the emergency room.
The study found that:
- Lower extremities were injured 36 percent of the time
- Upper extremities were injured 31.8 percent of the time
- The head was injured 14.5 percent of the time
- The trunk was injured 9.8 percent of the time
- The neck was injured 7.9 percent of the time
- Soft tissue injuries represented 51.9 percent of injuries
- Fractures represented 34.6 percent of injuries
- Lacerations represented 11.7 percent of injuries
- Fractures were more common in upper extremities
- Lacerations were more common in lower extremities
- Lacerations and head injuries often occurred together
- Tramplines were located in backyards 96 percent of the time
- 55.6 percent of children were supervised by children
- 56.9 percent of parents said their children had previously attempted flips on trampolines
- 10 percent of parents said it wasn’t the child’s first time they were injured on a trampoline
- 54.8 percent of parents said their child continued to use trampolines after being injured
Does Homeowners’ Insurance Cover Trampoline Injuries?
A policy’s specific language will determine if it covers trampoline injuries. Insurance policies typically fall into these categories:
- The policy covers trampoline injuries without requiring homeowners to meet additional conditions
- The policy covers trampoline injuries when homeowners comply with requirements such as installation of safety equipment
- The policy does not cover trampoline injuries
Most homeowners’ insurance coverage exclude trampoline injuries, as well as injuries in similar play equipment such as bounce houses. Insurance carriers may even have the right to cancel policies when they discover play structures like these on your property. Policies can be canceled after property inspection, or when neighbors tired of hearing children playing report you. It can be difficult to find a new policy, so you should understand your insurance policy before installing a trampoline on your property.
How Much is the Average Trampoline Injury Settlement?
There is no concrete average number for this question. The amount of money your trampoline injury case is worth will depend upon the damages you incurred. Compensation can be recovered for multiple types of damages in trampoline accident cases, including:
We can help you recover financial compensation for any medical bills you’ve already incurred due to a trampoline accident. In addition, if your trampoline accident injuries require future treatment, we can help you recover compensation for future medical expenses as well.
If your trampoline accident has led to missing time from work, we can help you recover compensation for the wages you were unable to earn.
Loss of Earning Capacity
If your trampoline accident has led to disability causing a loss or reduction of earning capacity, we can help you recover financial compensation for this.
Pain and Suffering
Trampoline injuries can cause physical pain and mental suffering. We are experts at putting an accurate value on the pain and suffering our trampoline accident clients go through and ensuring they are fairly compensated for it.
If you lost a loved one to a trampoline accident, we can file a wrongful death lawsuit on your behalf, seeking compensation for things like funeral and burial costs, loss of love and companionship and loss of future income.
How Do I Protect Myself From A Trampoline Lawsuit?
The best way to protect yourself from a trampoline lawsuit is to not own a trampoline.
However, if you insist upon owning one, you can:
- Buy trampoline insurance
- Place a fence around your trampoline
- Forbid or discourage multiple people from simultaneously using the trampoline
- Buy a trampoline net, as well as a lock for it
- Consider installing the trampoline at ground level
- Maintain your trampoline properly and regularly inspect it for defects
- Supervise any children who use the trampoline
You may also be able to protect yourself from a lawsuit filed by an adult who is injured on a trampoline by using an “assumption of risk defense.” This defense argues that jumping on a trampoline is an inherently dangerous activity which adults who participate in should know they may be hurt by. However, this defense is unlikely to work if a child is injured.
Contact an Experienced Residential Trampoline Accident Attorney Today
If you or a loved one has been injured on a trampoline, you need experienced personal injury lawyers in your corner if you want to recover the most compensation possible. We have been helping injury victims recover compensation for their injuries for over 30 years, having recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for injury victims.
Contact us today for a free consultation if you or a loved one has been injured on a residential trampoline. You may qualify for financial compensation in a trampoline lawsuit.