Inflatable play-houses, also known as jump, bounce, or bouncy houses, are as much a part of enjoying a summer birthday party as cooling off with an ice cream cone. These jump houses have become a staple for many outdoor gatherings where young children will be involved. They can be found at county fairs and parties, and indulged indoors as whole businesses devoted to jumping flourish.
The risks of playing in a bounce house have become more publicized, as this recent CNN news story of two incidents raised parents’ concerns. In it, the author describes two times occasions in the last six months where children playing inside the bounce house were badly injured. On both occasion, the bounce house lifted off the ground, with kids inside, up to 300 feet in the air.
Some parents found themselves asking, like the author of the CNN article, could a bouncy house lift off the ground with my own children inside?
The risk of personal injury from a bounce house is real, and its dangers have been noted in emergency room studies. In a study cited by this article, the “National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, which is operated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, collects patient information for every emergency visit involving an injury associated with consumer products.” According to the study, “the number of inflatable bouncer-related injuries rose 1,500% between 1995 and 2010.”
The rising popularity of the bounce houses have not been entirely offset by the publicity of risk, or personal injury, to children. Granted, not every child who plays becomes injured. If you or your family member have been hurt, however, those statistics may be little comfort.
No adult should ever look for a way to harm children. But if you need a confidential setting in which to discuss possible personal injury liability following a bounce house injury, you should know that attorney-client privilege covers even the consultation with a NJ personal injury lawyer.