As most people know, property owners are responsible for the safety of anyone who enters onto their property. This is true for property owners from California to Massachusetts, who can be held liable if someone is injured because of unsafe conditions. Penalties against the property owner can even escalate if they are found to have known about dangerous conditions and negligently chose not to do anything about it.
According to a Massachusetts court, this is the exact reason why a new trial has been granted to a man who was paralyzed after doing a flip off of a trampoline and into a 2-foot wading pool in 2005. Initially, the jury ruled in favor of the property owners, stating that it was obvious that jumping off of a trampoline into shallow water was dangerous. But after it was discovered that the judge had given the jury improper instructions on how to determine liability, it was decided that the paralyzed man would have another chance to present his case.