Bouncing Kids Straight To The Emergency Room

When a child is injured it is difficult for all involved. Our Charlotte child injury attorneys are part of a family firm, and we understand how the law works when it comes to children: Our focus is on the injured child, a victim who should not be held responsible for actions that contributed to his or her injuries.

The popularity of inflatable bounce houses has skyrocketed over the past few years, as has the number of freak accidents – and deaths. Years ago, parents had to rent the bouncy houses from an amusement company that was also responsible for their safety. Today you can walk into a Walmart and buy one off the shelf.

The top three contributors to child injuries while playing with a bouncy house are high winds, improper anchoring and lack of supervision.

On average, about 30 children a day are treated in emergency rooms for bouncy-house accidents. A recent study by the Center for Injury Research and Policy found the average age for bouncy-house injuries is 7 years old and the most common injury was a fractured or sprained a leg or an arm. Nearly 20 percent of all injury cases involved head and neck injuries, and the study also found that children usually were hurt while falling inside the bouncer – often into another child.

So what is a parent to do if his or her child insists on playing on a bouncy house? Here are some injury prevention tips from the Child Injury Prevention Alliance:
• Allow only children ages 6 and up
• Make sure a trained adult is always present
• The safest way is to only have one child on it at a time
• If more than one child will be on the bouncer, make sure the children are about the same weight and age

When set up correctly and supervised, bouncy houses can provide hours of entertainment for everyone. Just be careful: Avoid the structures on windy days because they could pull loose from their moorings and really cause some damage. If you’re the one providing the bouncy-house for other children to play on, be aware of the potential legal liabilities should someone’s child get hurt.

Contact the child injury attorneys at the Charlotte firm of Lee Law Offices, P.A. to set up a free consultation to discuss your legal options. 1-800-887-1965 or 704-332-1577.

Additional Resources
Child Injury Prevention Alliance tips about inflatable bouncers
TIME: Bounce House Injuries Become an Epidemic

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