While bounce houses are popular for children’s birthday parties, they have led to a soaring number of injuries among children. Kids often overcrowd bounce houses and when jumping up and down, land on or crash into one another, causing serious injury. While in bounce houses, children are often flung into the air and they land in awkward and unnatural positions. Each day, almost 30 children are treated in emergency rooms for bounce house related injuries. Almost forty percent of the injured children are under five years old.
The number of bounce house related injuries has been climbing and has doubled since 2008. Almost 11,000 children under the age of 17 were treated for bounce house related injuries in 2010 alone. Most injuries are classified as non-life threatening and are typically broken bones. Most bounce house injuries are similar to trampoline injuries. However, product safety reports have revealed that several children died in bounce houses between 2003 and 2007. Bounce houses are often found at amusement parks, fairs, or at children’s birthday parties. During extreme wind and under certain weather conditions, bounce houses can collapse or take flight, injuring the children inside.
“There is no evidence that the size or location of an inflatable bouncer affects the injury risk,” said a safety commission spokesman. It is recommended that bounce houses do not become overcrowded and that older children and younger children take turns using the bounce house. Further, trained operators should only supervise bounce houses.
Bounce houses a party hit but kids’ injuries soar, www.miamiherald.com November 19, 2012.
Bounce houses can cause serious injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and even death. Parents expect their children will enjoy a fun activity and won’t be severely injured. If your child has suffered an injury in a bounce house, or on a trampoline, call the Broward child injury attorneys at the Friedland | Carmona today. With over twenty years of personal injury law experience, the Miami trial attorneys at the Friedland | Carmona can help you and your family recover compensation for your child’s injuries. Don’t hesitate–call (305) 661-2008 today for your free consultation!
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