A shocking increase in life changing injuries is occurring nationwide due to the emergence of indoor trampoline parks. Many of these trampoline parks combine smaller trampolines into what looks like a large checkerboard. The small trampolines do not have the same amount of bounce as a normal size trampoline and are less forgiving upon impact. Fractured wrists and ankles are not uncommon. Children jump from square to square and are expected not to land on the rigid frames around each square. Invariably, children are hurt when they hit the frames. Even more unbelievable, these parks combine trampoline use with other games (such as dodgeball) and multiple persons jumping together that create an ultra hazardous activity that more and more frequently result in tragic injuries.
The indoor trampoline parks market themselves to children, hosting birthday parties, camps and “glow nights” when jumpers glow under black lights and lasers in darkened facilities. Children are the most susceptible to heart breaking injuries.
The indoor trampoline parks know full well how dangerous these activities are and require parents to sign Releases before the children can enter. The Releases speak plainly about broken bones and paralysis… and they are not kidding. What they don’t tell you is that they don’t follow industry rules and guidelines, or for that matter, their own safety rules. What they don’t tell you is that the Releases parents sign for their children are illegal and unenforceable in New Jersey and most other States. See Hojnowski v Vans Skate Park, 187 N.J. 323 (2006)
This firm is litigating a trampoline case in New Jersey Superior Court. So far, we successfully defeated the Release and an arbitration clause that required the arbitration to take place in Texas according to Texas Law. As a result of the decision we obtained in Defina v Go Ahead & Jump1, LLC, Docket No. A-1371-15T3 (N.J. Super. App. Div. July 12, 2016) trampoline parks have changed their releases to be compliant with the law.