Whether or not injuries arise from trampoline use is no longer a debate as there are tons of statistics pointing towards plenty of injuries resulting from trampoline jumping.
One such statistic is the one published by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), which stated that trampoline accidents are responsible for a staggering 11,500 hospital admissions in just a year. So what should be the course of action after a trampoline injury?
Obviously, the first logical thing to do is to rush to the victim and administer first aid if you have the required knowledge or to call on the experts.
A call should also be put across to medical authorities to help facilitate a hospital admission. Once admitted, make sure you get a medical report as you will be needing it for an injury claim. But away from the lifesaver heroics, there are subtle details you should pick up after a trampoline accident and they include:
Where Did It Happen
If the injury happened in your backyard and you’re not insured then you prepare to spend some money on treated the child. If it’s a neighbors kid and you have no trampoline waiver then prepare to cover the medical bills or face legal battles.
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If the accident took place in a trampoline park then read on.
What Caused the Injury
Most commercial trampoline parks get their customers to sign the liability waiver form. This form will usually cover those occurrences that are outside the control of the park. But some accidents might happen and it will turn out that it would have been preventable if the park technicians had done their homework properly.
The form says you can’t sue them for accidents that are clearly not their fault, but what if this one right here is their fault? Then you know you can sue for damages. This is why you should try to know the reason for the injury. Is it as a result of negligence on the part of the jumper, or is it a technical failure, or can it be traced back to improper supervision?
Knowing what caused the accident will also go a long way in preventing a similar occurrence in the future.
Who is Responsible
Statistics show that most trampoline accidents are caused by overcrowding. This overcrowding can lead to a collision between jumpers causing them to land awkwardly and sustaining injuries as a result. 75% of the home trampoline accidents happened because more than one jumper was on it at a time. This is why trampoline parks use scheduling to ensure that the main jumping area is not overcrowded at any time.
If they fail to take note of this very important detail, then the injury can be traced back to the park. Also, an injury arises when jumpers attempt fits they are not properly trained for. It is the duty of the supervision team to ensure that jumpers don’t attempt somersaults and flips as these are known to be the leading cause of injury.
Other things to find out are:
Did the park agents verify if the jumper is mentally and physically fit to use the trampoline? Some physical conditions such as pregnancy are not suitable for trampoline activities.
Did they provide jumpers basic training before allowing them to access the trampoline?
Is the trampoline correctly set up?
Are there safety features such as safety netting and first aid facilities in place?
A default in any of these points can speed up the payment of your injury claims. People would usually ask “I signed the liability waiver form, can I still sue?” yes, you can, if the accident can be attributed to negligence on the part of the trampoline provider.
What to do if a Trampoline Accident Happens in a Commercial Park
Be it a mild accident or a serious accident, chances are that you would want compensation for the injury. Some “mild” accidents might occur and you will be tempted to sweep it under the carpet and move away.
But, you shouldn’t. Rather, you should never leave the scene without reporting what has happened, to the management. Ensure that they record it in their accident report book. You should also take note of the time of occurrence and the people present.
You can as well take pictures if possible. Then your next line of action should be to speak to an experienced attorney about it.
Of course, all of these are only necessary if you are aggrieved enough to want to sue. The legal tussle will be easier for your team if you are able to provide this extra information. Injury claims can range from £350 -£9,850 for the minor back injuries to £21,750 – £104,100 for the more severe fractured tibia. This can go a long way in settling off your medical bills and giving you a fresh start after the injury.
What to do if The Accident Happened at Home
If the injury is something like a mild sprain, fracture or dislocation that has occurred in your backyard, you can use an automobile to rush the child to the nearest hospital. But if the injury is a delicate and life-threatening one such as skull and spinal cord injuries, you are to call the ambulance department and wait for their arrival.
This is because moving the child awkwardly can further damage his chances of survival. You just have to allow the paramedics to arrive and handle it their way.
We never wish for accidents but if and when they happen, it is important that you know how best to attend to it in order to save a life and/or get your due compensation.
Terkura Vincent is a Trampoline Safety Advocate and CEO of Casdale Trampoline Safety Centre. Our passion is to see families enjoy trampoline with utmost safety. You can help us do this by sharing the articles with other families that use trampoline.
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