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Considerations of liability in bounce house injuries

Having fun in an inflatable bounce house is something that many children enjoy. These large inflatable structures come in a host of themes and sizes. There are commercial ones that are set up at fairs and festivals, but there are also smaller ones that are set up at homes.

Many people don't realize how dangerous these bounce houses are. On average, around 30 bounce house injuries occur on a daily basis. When these injuries are severe enough to warrant medical treatment, there is a question of liability that comes into the picture.

Liability in these cases is something that might be difficult to determine. This is because of the assumption of some risk that is made when a person gets into the bounce house. Essentially, the question of liability comes down to a question of how the bounce house was set up and how it is being run.

If the issue is that the wind lifts the bounce house and people are injured as they fall back to the ground, the liability is a bit more clear than if there is an accident inside of the bounce house. Typically, the bounce house operator or manufacturer would be liable for a bounce house lifting accident that occurs on a commercial bounce house. If the bounce house is a smaller, non-commercial model, liability likely falls on the home or property owner and might extend to the manufacturer.

Parents who have children who are injured in a bounce house incident should explore the possibility of seeking compensation. Not only can this help cover medical bills, it can also help to cover the time you had to miss work to care for your child.

Source: FindLaw, "Bounce House Injury: Who's Liable When Wind Blows the Bounce House Away?," George Khoury, Esq., accessed June 23, 2017

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