Injuries to children on inflatable bouncy houses, slides and moonwalks “skyrocket”

A new study published in the journal Pediatrics reports that injuries to children on inflatable bouncy houses, slides and moonwalks have increased fifteen times over since 1995.

According to the study, approximately 30 children a day were treated in emergency rooms for injuries sustained on inflatable blouncers in 2010. There were 11,311 reported injuries in 2010 compared to 701 in 1995. The National Electronic Injury Surveillance System provided data for the study.

trampoline injury lawyerInjuries to children under the age of 18 included fractures, strains or sprains spinal cord, and head and neck injuries.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends that parents be vigilant when children are playing on the inflatable structures. Their safety recommendations include:

  • Do not allow older and younger children to bounce together.
  • Do not allow children unde the age of 6 to play on an inflatable.
  • Allow only one child to bounce at a time.
  • Do not allow children to do stunts including summersaults or flips which could result in a spinal cord injury.

The study’s lead author, Gary Smith, director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, says it is time to to draft national safety guidelines for the structures.

Injuries to children on the bouncy structures have increased while trampoline injuries have been decreasing. Manufactures and resellers of trampolines have been held liable for injuries to children in some cases. In product liability cases involving serious injuries, courts focus on whether the instructions and warnings were adequate.

What should I do if my child has been injured?

If your child has been seriously injured on an inflatable play structure or trampoline, you may wish to contact an injury law attorney who can explain your rights and insure they are protected. An attorney can evaluate the merits of your case and file a lawsuit for damage in some cases.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent families whose children have been seriously injured due to defective or dangerous products.

Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. Our Bellevue office is here to assist you.

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