The San Diego child injury attorneys at Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley understand that bounce houses are frequently a fun addition to any party or play area, giving children the chance to jump to their heart’s content and get out a lot of energy. However, a recent study by the Center for Injury Research at Nationwide Children’s Hospital has found that child injuries in these play houses have continually increased over the years, leading to the amount of injuries in 2010 being 15 times higher than they were in 1995.
As reported by Forbes, there were a reported 702 children taken to emergency rooms in 1995, which increased to 11,311 in 2010, an increase of 15 fold. Commonly, children were injured due to falling in the bouncer itself as well as falling out of it. Additionally, children who attempted stunts were frequently injured as well as those in collisions between younger and older children sharing the bouncer. More than one-third of all the injured children were younger than six-years-old.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is recommending that bouncers be treated in the same manner as trampolines, which children should only use under strict supervision and guidelines.
To prevent injuries, the study recommends that only children six and older should use bouncers, all stunts should be banned, and there should always be adult supervision. Additionally, everyone in the bounce house should be of a similar size and age, the amount of children in the bouncer at one time should be limited, and padding should be around the bouncer in case of a fall.
Having a child become injured in an accident due to another party’s fault is devastating for child and parent alike. To learn more about your legal rights and the road to recovery, call the legal team at Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley. A free consultation on your case is available from our legal team, so contact us online or call (619) 814-9000.