Bounce House Accident Injures Three Children
In a recent freak accident, three children were injured when a bounce house was suddenly lifted off the ground by a wind gust. The bounce house wasn’t just lifted off the ground a few inches, though; it flew over 50 feet up in the air, throwing the children out.
Three children were inside when the house was lifted: a 5-year-old boy, a 6-year-old boy, and a 10-year-old girl.
The girl fell a few feet, but only received minor injuries and scratches. The two boys fell a long distance; the 5-year-old landed on a parked car, and the 6-year-old other landed on asphalt. The boy who landed on the car suffered a serious head injury and has since been placed in a medically induced coma. The other boy remains in critical condition with two broken arms, a broken jaw, an eye-socket fracture, and a potentially ruptured spleen.
Surprisingly, this “freak” accident is not the first of its kind! In the past few years, there have been at least three other documented cases of flying bounce houses. Manufacturers recommend these houses should always be anchored to the ground during use, as it doesn’t take much to lift them off the ground.
What many parents may not be aware of is that you can be held liable for an injury to a child if the accident happens on your premises. Furthermore, aside from serious personal liability, these bounce houses are also subject to manufacturing liabilities.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bounce house, or had an incident similar to this one even though you followed the instructions and heeded the warning labels, your injury may be the result of a product defect.