Bounce houses are thought to be a fun addition to parties or gatherings to provide entertainment for the children and even the adults. When you or a loved one have been injured in a Bounce House mishap depending on the circumstances your rights may have been violated. In some Bounce House accidents negligence has been responsible for the harm. The owners and renters of these outdoor attractions have rules and laws they must follow and in the event they don’t then innocent people can be the victim of injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured and believe negligence has contributed to being harmed you have legal options to address the situation. It is important to choose a law firm that specializes in sport and recreation accidents, because they have intricate knowledge of the rules and laws that apply in these types of circumstances. Our lawyers have the experience to assist the victims of Bounce House injuries to recover compensation for the losses and damages caused by the mishap. Call the Ehline Law Firm PC for a free consultation to understand your legal rights and let our attorneys evaluate your case and explain your legal options.
Statistics for Bounce House Injuries
In 2012 there was a publication by a team for the Center for Injury Research and Policy that was the first comprehensive study for injuries sustained in inflatable structures. The research team found that on average there were 31 children hurt per day between the years of 1995 and 2010 that were seen in hospital emergency rooms nationwide in bounce related injuries.(See also “Inflatable Amusement Ride Safety – An Interactive Qualifying Project Proposal” – WORCESTER POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE – Go Here.)
The average age of the patients seen in emergency rooms was approximately seven years old with about twenty percent of the injuries involving head and neck injuries. The most common harm to the victims seeking medical treatment were sprains or fractures of the arms, ankles and legs.
Generally these injuries occurred when the child fell inside of the inflatable unit and often bumping into another child, rather than bouncing outside of the inflatable unit. The researchers found that between the years of 1990 and 2010 there were over 64,000 children under the age of 17 treated for injuries due to inflatable structures in U.S. hospital emergency rooms.
The team deduced from the study information that the rate of pediatric medical treatment for inflatable bounce structures has had a rapid increase in recent years. The published report said that the injuries are similar to trampoline related harm and with the increased numbers there is a need to guidelines for safer inflatable structure usage and improvements in the design of these inflatable structures to assist in preventing injuries of children.
Bounce House Lawsuits
In the United States there have been Bounce House lawsuits filed by those who have been injured and these lawsuits number in the hundreds. Most of these legal actions stem from harm such as broken arms or legs, but in rare instances there have been wrongful death claims filed. These rare cases have a common element the victim either suffered head injuries after striking a hard surface or sustained a broken neck resulting in fatality.
Legal Assistance in Bounce House Injuries – Waiver and Release
First, you need to understand that your family, friend, or other associate or employer have homeowners type liability insurance for a reason. You mustn’t try and be nice with their insurance company, or be obsequious to the property owner(s). Often times parents or the homeowners will sign a waiver (See example here) that the rental company, or party service will rely upon to get out of paying their fair share of the injuries. This often leaves a pot of money that is much smaller, had their been open policies against manufacturers, and other in the chain of commerce in getting the product to the end user, your kids.
If your child or you have been harmed in an inflatable structure mishap due to unsafe conditions or negligence you must remain tight lipped, and contact the lawyers at Ehline Law Firm PC right now. We have expert knowledge in the mechanics of bounce houses, and the legal process of proving up negligence. Especially this is true when you are dealing with reverberating issues of consent and waiver, for example, that are almost always brought up.(See also Knight v. Jewett (1992) 3 Cal. 4th 296.)
Simply put, we are equipped with the experience and skill to handle your claim, while gently guiding you through the legal process during this emotionally stressful time. As parents we know the emotional toll a sick or injured child can take on a parent. Let us be your strong legal shoulder to lean on to help you obtain the compensation that you deserve for your losses and damages.
“Bounce House Injuries Ballooning” – November 26, 2012. (By Katie Moisse More from Katie » Health Editor