In recent years, bounce houses and indoor trampoline recreation centers have become a popular option for special occasions, including children’s birthday parties. As bounce houses have become more popular, there have been more accidents and more insurance claims resulting from injuries. Although bounce houses and trampolines may seem somewhat harmless, the injuries they can cause can be catastrophic.
There has been a staggering rise in injuries involving inflatables in the last two decades, and it’s likely that these injuries will continue to be on the rise. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, about three percent of bounce house accidents result in a visit to the emergency room. Over a third of those injuries were to children ages five or younger. Some of the most common injuries include broken bones. Some of the more serious injuries include internal injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and paralysis.
If you choose to host an event at your home involving a bounce house, you should be aware of your legal responsibility. You will most likely be required to sign a waiver by which you accept the legal risks associated with the bounce house, and you agree to hold the company harmless. You should consider asking the parents of the children who are attending the party to sign a waiver. This can help protect you in the event of an accident.
If your child is attending a party involving a bounce house or trampolines, you must be proactive and inspect the play area before allowing your children to attend the party. The bounce house must be properly set up and supervised by an adult at all times. Most bounce house injuries occur because a child was acting badly or because there were too many children in the structure. Parents should stay to supervise their children unless they know and trust the hosts a great deal.
It’s important to keep in mind that accidents happen, and if you sign a waiver you are agreeing that your child accepts the risk of an accident occurring. However, waivers do not mean that the host cannot be held responsible for any negligence, such as a failure to supervise or improperly set up the bounce house.
If your child has been injured in a bounce house, it’s important that you speak with an attorney who specializes in personal injury cases. When a child is injured in an inflatable, his or her life can be changed forever by his or her injuries. Although inflatables may look benign, serious accidents and even deaths can and do occur because of jump houses. If your child is injured, you may be able to hold the party’s host, the homeowner, the owner of the inflatable or the facility responsible for your child’s damages. In most cases, insurance will be available to pay the damages.
At Liberty Law, Micha Star Liberty and Seth I. Rosenberg believe that if a child is injured in an accident involving an inflatable, the children’s parents should investigate their legal options. Call the San Francisco personal injury attorneys at Liberty Law at 415-896-1000 or 510-645-1000. We can help. We work with clients throughout the Bay area. We provide free initial consultations, and if we choose to accept your case you pay us nothing until we obtain compensation for you. Your child may be entitled to monetary damages for his or her medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more. Call us today to learn more about your legal rights or to schedule a free consultation on your case. We can help.