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How Safe Are Trampoline Parks?

Indoor and outdoor trampoline parks have become a popular place to play for kids as well as adults. In addition to being fun, jumping on a trampoline can be good exercise, burning calories and developing core strength. Like any form of exercise, trampolining also involves a degree of risk. Landing awkwardly or falling off the trampoline can cause a range of injuries. At a trampoline park one must also be mindful of other people. Parks construct large “floors” of interconnected trampolines, so visitors can hop from place to place without restriction. Parks also tend to have equipment that is unfamiliar or unusual, which may increase the risk of injury.

A trampoline park’s safety is dependent on a range of factors. Some of these are within the jumper’s control, while others are not. Visitors to trampoline parks should keep all of these things in mind to improve their own safety:

  • Jumping on a trampoline is a skill. It’s important that each jumper understand his or her own limits. Although it’s easy to catch some air hopping onto a trampoline with no training, the truth is that it takes practice to develop strength and skill. This is especially true for doing tricks like flips.
  • Be mindful of other jumpers. Collisions are responsible for a significant number of injuries at trampoline parks. Jumping at a trampoline park is a bit like driving a car on a busy street. Even the most skilled driver can end up in an accident with another driver if the other driver isn’t paying attention. Jumpers need to stay alert for others coming into their space.
  • Report damaged equipment. If safety padding is missing or loose, or a trampoline isn’t working correctly, it’s important to stop using the damaged equipment. The operator of the park should be told about the problem so it can be addressed.

From a legal standpoint every trampoline park requires its visitors to agree to liability waivers that place strict limits on the park’s responsibility for injuries. Properly drafted liability waivers are enforceable contracts that will forestall lawsuits against park operators for many common forms of injury. But each case is different. Whether a waiver applies to a specific injury should be evaluated by an attorney.

Trampoline parks are responsible for maintaining the safety of their equipment and premises. This probably means that they have a duty to take reasonable steps to inspect their facilities to ensure that they are in good working order. It also means that they should not introduce dangerous elements, like heavy balls that can be thrown around in a room meant for very small children. Given the inherent risks involved with trampolining, parks should provide adequate supervision of jumpers to ensure that everyone is following the rules.

Individual jumpers may also be responsible for causing injuries. In most circumstances a jumper at a trampoline park has an obligation to behave reasonably. Someone who is recklessly leaping around without regard for the safety of others might be liable for negligence if someone gets hurt as a result. People who jump while intoxicated may increase this risk. Bear in mind that a liability waiver signed at the door is only between he park operator and the jumper, and doesn’t restrict liability between jumpers.

For more than 45 years the law firm of Greenman Goldberg Raby Martinez has represented clients in personal injury cases. If you have been injured at a trampoline park, our experienced injury attorneys are standing by to offer advice about your case. Call us today for a free attorney consultation at 702-388-4476 or reach us through our contact page.

Personal Injuries at the Gym in Nevada

Although the safety of workout equipment is constantly improving, the reality is that doing any sort of physical activity involves a degree of risk. Working out at a gym is no different. Lifting heavy weights can damage ligaments. Running on a treadmill can cause a fall. Getting overconfident during a yoga class can lead to torn muscles. In some circumstances a person injured at a gym may have the option to sue the gym for contributing to the injury.

The limits of a gym’s responsibilities

Before considering how a gym might have legal responsibility for a member’s injuries it’s important to examine the principles that protect gyms from liability. Here are two important examples:

  • Any gym that expects to stay open long will require its members to sign liability waivers. To be enforceable a waiver needs to have a few features. First, it must be clearly worded. Second, it can only cover events that are reasonably foreseeable at the time the person signs it. For example, a gym’s liability waiver may disclaim responsibility for injuries caused by a member using weight equipment, but if the member is injured because equipment breaks, that may not be covered by the waiver.
  • Assumption of risk. Even if a liability waiver doesn’t cover the specific activity that caused an injury, the gym may be able to rely upon the member’s assumption of risk to escape responsibility for some or all of the injury. A person is deemed to assume the risk of an injury if the person is voluntarily engaging in an activity that the person knows or should know carries a degree of risk. A liability waiver may include language expressly requiring the member to confirm that he or she is assuming the risk of injury by participating in gym activities.

When a gym may be held responsible

There are two principle ways a gym can find itself liable for a member’s injuries:

  • Premises liability. As operations open to the public gyms owe a high degree of care toward members to ensure that the gym facilities are safe for use. They are expected to take steps to verify the safety of their equipment and spaces, and take action to remedy dangerous conditions should they arise. These principles can capture a range of potential hazards. The most clear-cut are cases where equipment is not properly maintained and breaks as a consequence. Potentially less obvious is if a gym doesn’t attend to a slippery condition on the floor, such as if someone spills a drink or vomits. Bear in mind that in such cases the gym may have a defense available that relies on the inherently “messy” environment of gyms, where water and sweat are common hazards that patrons know to watch for.
  • Negligence by employees. Businesses like gyms are also responsible for injuries caused by conditions that are the result of actions taken or not taken by their employees. A trainer who pushes a patron too hard might create liability, especially if the trainer doesn’t take reasonable steps to respond to the injury.

GGRM represents injured clients in the Las Vegas area

For more than 45 years the law firm of Greenman Goldberg Raby Martinez has helped injured clients get  compensated for their injuries. If you have been injured at a gym and would like to examine your legal options, we are happy to answer questions. For a free attorney consultation call us today at 702-388-4476 or reach us through our contact page.