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Two suburban Chicago trampoline centers are being sued for injuries to children after employees allegedly failed to follow safety rules.
In both cases, the children ended up with broken legs, Chicago's WLS-TV reports. Separate lawsuits by the injured kids' parents blame workers at the indoor trampoline centers for causing the injuries.
The suing parents likely signed liability waivers before their children took to the trampolines. But do those waivers cover the types of injuries the lawsuits are alleging?
It appears they probably do, but the parents' personal injury lawyers will likely argue about this issue during settlement talks or in court.
The suburban Chicago trampoline center injury lawsuits allege negligence by employees for not following their own safety rules. For example, workers at the Sky High Sports facility in Niles, Ill., allegedly allowed more than one child to jump on the trampoline at the same time, which is against the rules, one lawsuit states.
In the Niles case, a 5-year-old girl broke both her legs because of employees' negligence, the girl's father told WLS-TV.
But Sky High's waiver specifically lists "Double bouncing (meaning more than one person per trampoline)" as a potential risk. The waiver states it covers all "claims arising out of allegations of negligent ... acts or omissions by Employees including ... inadequate supervision."
Similarly, Xtreme Trampolines in Carol Stream, Ill., which is being sued for negligence in a separate case, requires parents to sign a waiver that states in part, "I fully understand and accept the risk associated with employees' negligence."
Managers at the two suburban Chicago trampoline centers told WLS-TV they were not aware of the injury lawsuits. But a Sky High Sports spokesman said its employees are properly trained in how to monitor children.