Popular Bounce Houses See 15-Fold Increase in Injuries, Study FindsDecember 02, 2013
A nationwide U.S. study found that the number of injuries from inflatable bounce houses is on the rise.
The study suggests that 30 children each day are treated in emergency rooms across the country for broken bones, sprains, cuts and concussions from dangerous bounce house accidents. Most accidents involve children falling inside or out of the inflated house. In a majority of cases, children become injured when they collide with other bouncing children.
Given the increase in popularity of bounce houses, it is only natural to assume that the number of injuries has climbed, as well. Almost 11,000 children received emergency-room treatment for bounce house injuries in 2010. This is a 15-fold increase when compared to the 1,000 injuries treated in emergency rooms in 1996.
Over one-third of the injuries were sustained by children 5 years old and younger. Only about three percent of children were hospitalized from bounce house injuries, and most of these were due to broken bones.
The National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officials recommends limiting the amount of children allowed in a bounce house at one time and to not allow young children to bounce with much older and heavier kids.
Bounce house injuries are similar in nature to those linked with trampolines. The American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended against the use of trampolines at home and many believe, in light of recent findings, that bounce houses warrant similar precautions.
At The Citrin Law Firm, we are committed to ensuring the safety of Alabama residents, especially our children. If your child has suffered a bounce house injury that could have been prevented, you may have cause to pursue compensation for injuries.
Contact our attorneys today to see how we may be able to help you with your claim. For more information on the legal rights which may be available to bounce house injury victims and their families or to schedule a confidential, no-obligation case evaluation with a member of our legal team, please complete the Free Case Review form to the right.
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