It’s summertime, which means that kids are out in full force, burning off all that pent-up energy form the school year. One of the favorite “energy burners” of kids is jumping on trampolines, and, while this can be a fun activity, it can also prove dangerous. This is especially true for trampolines that are not properly rooted to the ground or that sit on uneven or unsteady ground, for trampolines with rusted springs or other safety hazards, and for trampolines without the proper safety nets and mats in place.
Unfortunately, if you have a trampoline on your property and someone gets injured on it, you can be to blame, legally speaking, due to what is known as “premises liability” simply because the trampoline was on your property and you didn’t prevent the accident.
Of course, this is not always the case. In some cases, such as when the trampoline has a manufacturing defect that caused or contributed to the injury, the manufacturer of the trampoline could actually be to blame. In other cases, the user of the trampoline could be to blame if it can be proven that he or she participated in reckless behavior that led to the injury. The only way to know for sure where the liability lies and to get help with a trampoline injury case in which you are involved is to seek out the advice of a skilled attorney used to handling these cases.
No matter who is to blame or what occurs, if an injury happens, either to you or on your property, take photos of the scene to properly and accurately document the incident. Also, gather statements and testimonies from any present witnesses that can help to validate what happened. If you can do these things and speak with an attorney as soon as possible, there’s a good chance that you can seek justice if you’re injured and avoid liability if the accident occurred on your property; time is of the essence, though, so don’t delay in getting help!