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Can You Sue if You’ve Signed a Waiver at a Trampoline Park

Posted on June 10, 2023 in

Trampoline parks have become highly popular, providing the perfect venue for a weekend outing or birthday party. In a controlled environment, risks seem minimized, and a focus on safety may decrease. But more accidents happen at trampoline parks than on home trampolines.

It may initially appear there is nothing you can do to recover the damages suffered at a trampoline park because you signed a waiver. Speak with a trampoline injury attorney in Connecticut for a better explanation of your rights following an injury to understand the trampoline park’s responsibilities to its patrons.

The Role of a Waiver

Before enjoying a trampoline park, you must sign a waiver releasing the business from any injury responsibility. Anyone who appreciates this entertainment assumes reasonable responsibility and understands that some injuries can occur. But does that mean the park is free of obligation if someone gets injured?

The waiver you signed before your afternoon of fun begins often serves as a deterrent for action. Most participants at a trampoline park will immediately remember the waiver they signed and assume there is no recourse for their injuries. Unfortunately, this is typically where any thought of action ends, often leading to mounting medical debt following the treatment and recovery process.

Responsibilities of the Trampoline Park

Intentional or negligent behavior from a trampoline park is an unacceptable practice. It can be challenging to prove these behaviors were willful, but the role of an attorney is to help uncover these actions.

Businesses have standard operating procedures, and injuries can occur when these are not followed. What are common reasons for injury?

  • The trampoline park was not adequately staffed to ensure proper coverage.
  • No controls were in place to prohibit older youth or adults from using areas designated for young children.
  • Broken or damaged equipment resulted in your injury.
  • A lack of direction or instructional use led to an injury.

Maintenance of Trampoline Parks

Certain factors correlate with increased injury potential and maintenance practices at trampoline parks. It is necessary to notice your surroundings before participating in trampoline park activities.

  • Are mats and trampoline material torn or unreasonably worn, leading to the potential of falls?
  • Does the design or layout of the trampolines facilitate injury?
  • Is there a lack of padding and safety implementation that could magnify injuries?

Documenting an Injury

Seeking medical attention is the priority. But there is certain information you can collect that will help determine responsibility for an accident.

  • Note the date but especially the time of the accident to narrow down the possibility of locating a recording of the accident on any cameras.
  • Document witnesses to the accident and collect their names and contact information.
  • Ask for a copy of any pictures or videos taken by witnesses that may have captured the events leading up to the accident.
  • Do not discuss the accident or fault with the staff.
  • An attorney can begin the process of video surveillance recovery. Each business determines the length of time video footage is kept, so it is imperative to obtain a copy of any recorded activity before it is erased.

Seek Help for Your Connecticut Trampoline Park Injury

A trampoline park would like you to assume you are solely responsible while enjoying their facility. But businesses are required to operate using safe business practices to provide a safe environment.

Any questions about your injuries at a trampoline park are welcome at Connolly Brennan Relebate, PC. A statute of limitations applies, so waiting to call reduces your time for action. We are here to help you understand and successfully navigate the legal process.