Bounce House Accidents
Recent event in South Glens Falls, New York remind us that bounce house accidents are all too common. While most bounce houses don’t fly forty feet into the air, tethering and other safety precautions are not always in place.
Carnivals, baseball games, county fairs, and backyard parties are all popular spots for you to find a bounce house. Before your child goes running over to kick off his or her shoes, take a moment to walk around the bounce house and inspect the unit. Look for loose tethers and sagging spots in the fabric. Ensure the engine/air blower is placed at a sufficient distance from the house. Make sure all the netting on the walls is secure and firmly in place. Lastly, check to see how many children are inside. There should be no more than five or six children, depending on age and size of the house.
Many parents assume that bounce house companies have sufficient insurance to cover any injuries. However, because bounce house injury has become so common, insurance companies are less and less likely to cover any event when a bounce house is present. If the bounce house is on personal property, the hosts of the party may have homeowner’s insurance, but a standard homeowner’s policy is not likely to cover a bounce house injury.
If your child has been injured in a bounce house, you will need a lawyer to represent your family in order to recover any losses. Because the bounce house was likely uninsured, you will need a personal injury attorney to directly sue the company or person hosting the bounce house.
When properly assembled and sufficiently supervised, a bounce house is a host of fun for children. Make sure you have the right lawyer to pursue your rights as a trusting parent.