How Safe Are Inflatable Bounce Houses?

Injury Attorney Jeff Korek at Supreme CourtHas your child recently been to a party or town event and played in the inflatable bouncy house or slide that was rented? Before you let you child play in another one of those, you need to learn how dangerous these  inflatables can really be. Bounce houses have become a favorite for kids parties and events. These inflatable houses are designed so that kids can bounce around inside a large area contained by mesh lining. Many contain inflatable basketball hoops and slides. While the houses themselves are built to be fairly sturdy and reliable, if they aren’t anchored down properly, they can easily tumble from too much weight inside or excessive winds. This happened recently in Oceanside, New York. A local soccer club rented some bouncy houses during a weekend tournament. The houses, which weren’t anchored down properly, went flying through the air while children were still inside. The kids inside suffered only minor injuries, but one of the houses landed on a mother, critically injuring her. This isn’t the first incident where bouncy houses or inflatable slides weren’t properly anchored down and injured people. The Huffington Post reports of three incidences in 2010, two of which resulted in fatalities.   One of the main issues is that many states don’t have regulations for inflatable rentals, as they generally aren’t governed by the same body that oversees amusement park rides at fairs and carnivals. Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. advice that if you  let your child play in an inflatable bouncy house or slide, you need to make sure proper safety precautions have been met to ensure the inflatable is securely anchored down. Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. has won hundreds of millions for our clients over the past 25 years. If you or someone you know has been injured due to an inflatable bouncy house or slide, contact us today for a free case evaluation at 800-529-9997.

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