You are at a birthday party, maybe enjoying some cake and ice cream, or maybe even an open bar, and all of a sudden your child is wailing and wincing with pain. It could be a minor bump with another child, or an acute fracture, or worse. What may have seemed like an innocent “bouncy house,” was instead the source of anguish for your children and family.
While common at fairs, carnivals and private birthdays for kids, these inflatable jumpers sometimes cause injuries. In fact, they also cause fatalities. Only recently have these injuries started to get reported in the mainstream press. And in fact, statistics show that there is a significant chance for little ones becoming hurt on these inflatable jumping houses. And often these injuries are ignored by negligent owners.
Other times they remain unreported by renters of the equipment or the parents of the injured kids. What this means to you, is that the available statistics are probably not accurate. So you must be especially on guard as a responsible guardian.
Statistics Don’t Lie.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimated that between 1997 and 2004 injuries on bounce houses were common. In fact, between 2002 and 2005 there was a sharp increase of child bounce house injuries, totaling at least 4900 injuries and four tragic deaths.
The victims of these cases were between 15-24 years of age. In 2007 a three-year-old was fatally injured from a traumatic head injury. That took place when two adults fell on the child. Often these inflatable jumpers are rental units that are not up-kept to standards. Wear and poor design can lead to terrible circumstances. So it also means the businesses renting these need to correct any new problems.
Bounce House Child Injury.
Injuries that can become sustained on a bounce house are not insignificant. In fact, these injuries often include head trauma and neck and spinal cord injuries. Children can also sustain bruises, cuts, scrapes, sprains, and fractured bones. One study conducted by the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles Level I Trauma Center showed these party houses have injured as many as 4,000 children.
If you or a loved one finds yourself in such a situation, you have rights. You can hold the operator, renter, or manufacturer of the bounce house responsible for negligence and for long term effects that you could be facing.
A professional injury attorney like one at Ehline Law Firm will fight for you. They will take care of the paperwork in and out of the courtroom and make sure that you get everything you need to put your life back together.
If you or a loved one sustained an injury due to bounce house malfeasance, have an experienced attorney there by your side to guide you through every step of this trying time. Call (213) 596-9642 for a free consultation.