A man broke his neck after jumping 25 feet from a platform onto a giant inflated air-bag at a festival in Chippewa County, Wisconsin. Two other persons also broke their ankles in the same manner. To read the online article in the LaCrosse Tribune, click here. Air-bag jumps have become an increasingly popular form of amusement, being used by skiers and thrill seekers.
The legal question of whether one assumes the risk that they will become injured when they choose to participate in an activity such as bag-jumping can be answered only by looking at the specific facts of the case. Depending on the circumstances and causes of an injury, a defendant may still owe a duty to a plaintiff notwithstanding the nature of the activity.