Michigan Trampoline Liability
Spring is finally, finally here. Today we are going to talk about the Michigan trampoline statute. I’m not sure anyone even knows about this, but Goodwin & Scieszka would like to talk about the duty imposed on Michigan trampoline users. First, let’s look at the statute:
691.1735. Duties of trampoliner
Sec. 5. While in a trampoline court, a trampoliner shall do all of the following:
(a) Maintain reasonable control of his or her speed and course at all times.
(b) Read and follow all posted signs and warnings.
(c) Avoid bodily contact with other trampoliners or spectators.
(d) Not run on trampolines, over pads, or on platforms.
(e) Refrain from acting in a manner that may cause injury to others.
(f) Not participate in a trampoline court when under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
(g) Properly use all trampoline court safety equipment provided.
(h) Not participate in a trampoline court if he or she has a preexisting medical condition, a bone condition, a circulatory condition, a heart or lung condition, a back or neck condition, high blood pressure, or a history of spine, musculoskeletal, or head injury, if he or she has had recent surgery, or if she may be pregnant.
(i) Remove inappropriate attire, including hard, sharp, or dangerous objects, such as buckles, pens, purses, or badges.
(j) Conform with or meet height, weight, or age restrictions imposed by the operator to use or participate in the trampoline court activity.
(k) Avoid crowding or overloading individual sections of the trampoline court.
(l) Use the trampoline court within his or her own limitations, training, and acquired skills.
(m) Avoid landing on the head or neck. Serious injury, paralysis, or death can occur from that activity.
It’s a very readable statute: act reasonably when you’re on a trampoline. Having dealt with Michigan trampoline accidents before, our firm would like to reinforce that you should exercise the utmost care while jumping. Never jump under the influence and always be respectful of others.
If you have a trampoline in your backyard, make sure that neighborhood kids are not using it without your permission. Have you ever thought about having people sign a liability release waiver? It’s not a bad idea and could save you from a costly trampoline injury lawsuit.
Our Southfield, Michigan personal injury firm has been handling these types of claims for over 27 years. If you’ve been injured via auto accident, dog bite, medical malpractice, defective project or any other type of personal injury, call us today.