Dislocated shoulders, open fractures, broken backs and fractured necks. These are not the elements that one thinks of when dreaming of a fun afternoon out with the family. But that’s exactly what some families get when they head out to the local trampoline park with the kids. More and more injuries (some serious enough to cause death) are being reported at trampoline parks around the country, including in Florida, in what has now become a booming industry that rakes in billions of dollars each year. Just how big is the problem?
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), it’s quite substantial. With the explosion of new trampoline parks popping up all over the country, there has been a significant rise in the number of trampoline park injuries. In 2013, there were 2,500 or so reported injuries at ERs around the U.S. among trampoline park attendees. Flash forward to 2017, and that number grew to nearly 18,000, with injuries ranging from traumatic brain injuries to broken limbs.
At Vladimir Tsirkin & Associates, P.A, we know that being injured is frustrating, especially when someone else’s negligence caused your injury. Contact us as soon as possible following your injury to discuss your case details with our Fort Lauderdale premises liability attorney.
In an attempt to shield themselves from liability for injuries, most trampoline parks mandate that visitors to the park sign a liability waiver prior to using the trampolines. Nonetheless, despite these waivers being signed, courts have often found in favor of injured plaintiffs. Each case is unique, however, so if you signed a waiver and were subsequently injured, it is best to contact our Fort Lauderdale premises liability attorney to determine if your case has merit.
Every injury at these trampoline parks raises the valid question about whether these companies are subject to premises liability action. The patrons of these facilities are considered to be invitees of the park, and as such, the owners of the parks have a legal duty to provide a safe environment for them. Repairing problems with trampoline prior to invitees’ arrival and inspecting the park equipment regularly is part of that legal duty. Currently, there are no official standards regulating Florida’s trampoline parks, and in many cases, local governments are left to establish safety guidelines for parks to follow. As more and more of these cases make it to court, case precedents are being set, many of them in favor of injured parties.
If you or your loved one sustained an injury at a trampoline park, you may have grounds to file a premises liability claim to recoup your damages, including medical costs, future cost of medical treatment, lost wages and more. Vladimir Tsirkin & Associates, P.A. can review your case details and help you determine the best course of action going forward. Give our Fort Lauderdale premises liability attorney a call now at 954-687-9787 to schedule your free, no-obligation case consultation.