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Bounce Houses and the Risk of Injury – What Parents Should Know

InflatableInflatable bounce houses have been making an appearance at birthday parties, church functions, and community events for decades – and no one has ever given their presence much of a thought. Their soft and colorful appearance, paired with the playground vibe they give, can be deceptive, however. In fact, families across the country are learning this painful truth: these fun and inflatable toys can be even more dangerous than amusement park rides.

Teen is Left Paralyzed After Bounce House Accident

While away at summer church camp, a Florida teen’s life changed forever. He had been jumping one a bounce house with his friends and had attempted to do a backflip. Instead of landing on the bounce house surface, he landed on the hard concrete. Severely injured and now paralyzed, he suffered two broken bones in his neck and a bruised spinal cord. Doctors are skeptical that he will ever be able to walk again.

Two Children Severely Injured in Bounce House

During a fall festival, two young children entered a bounce house. Moments later, a swift wind lifted the bounce house off the ground. The mother of the children attempted to grab the rope and stop it from tumbling, but she could not hold on. Both children were severely injured.

Injuries far More Common Than Parents Realize

Although the previous two stories might seem like anomalies, statistics indicate that bounce house injuries are far more common than most parents realize. In fact, over the course of just 10 years – between 2003 and 2013, a period in which the use of bounce houses grew exponentially – more than 113,000 people were hospitalized for injuries.

How and why are these incidents sliding underneath the radar? Some say it is because the inflatables do not seem dangerous. Others say it is simply because their use is not regulated, and safety instructions are not always followed by the person or agency that set the bounce house up. Either way, parents should know where to turn if an injury ever occurs.

Contact Our San Jose Personal Injury Lawyers

If you or someone you love has suffered a bounce house injury, contact Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard, LLP for a free analysis of your case. Our seasoned San Jose personal injury lawyers can help you determine if compensation may be owed, and we can aggressively represent you throughout the entire legal process. Get the help you deserve. Call (408) 289-1417 today.

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