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Staying Safe While Having Fun - Bounce House Injuries

Posted by Goldberg Noone Abraham | Jan 14, 2022 | 0 Comments

When getting ready to allow your child to play on an inflatable device such as a bounce house, the possibility of injury is probably the last thing on your mind. Unfortunately, childhood injuries on bounce houses and similar attractions are on the rise. If you or your child has been injured on one of these devices, you may be entitled to compensation from the negligent party. Our attorneys have decades of experience with handling complex personal injury cases, including those regarding product and premises liability, and are available to speak to you any time at (239) 461-5508.

While bounce houses and other inflatable attractions are an extremely popular attraction at birthday parties, festivals, and other events, they can be tremendously dangerous. Over recent years, pediatric injuries caused by using a bounce house or other inflatable devices have greatly increased; according to the Child Injury Prevention Alliance an average of 30 children are injured daily on bounce houses. These injuries account for almost 4,000 emergency room visits per year in the United States. Injuries caused by bounce houses can include (but are not limited to):

  • Bone fractures, most commonly in the arms, legs, hands, and feet
  • Head and neck injuries
  • Loss of teeth.

The Child Injury Prevention Alliance offers the following safety tips to help families considering renting or using a bounce house:

  • Children under six years old should not play in bounce houses.
  • One child being on the bounce house at a time is the safest way to play, but if playing in groups, there should be no more than four children of similar age and size playing at a time.
  • Parents should not allow their children to perform flips, somersaults, or general rough housing, as these activities result in the most severe injuries.
  • An adult should be closely supervising the bounce house and the children inside at all times, prepared to intervene at any point should any child get hurt.
  • Children should take off their shoes and any jewelry or eyeglasses before entering the bounce house, as well as remove anything sharp from their pockets.
  • While playing in the bounce house, children should remain towards the center, avoiding the exit, sides, or walls.
  • Should the bounce house begin to deflate, children should stop playing immediately and safely leave the bounce house.

Bounce houses are a fun addition to any event, but it is important to remember to exercise caution. After sustaining injuries on a device such as a bounce house, you may have questions regarding if you are able to file a lawsuit to recover damages. Determining liability in an injury case surrounding a bounce house accident can be a complicated process, and is best handled by an experienced legal expert. Should you or your child be injured in a bounce house accident, the first thing you should do is seek medical treatment. Next, you will want a compassionate and experienced lawyer on your side; fill out this simple form, and a member of our team will contact you to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys.

We hope you stay safe, and have fun!

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