Inflatables have become a popular staple on Long Island at kids' backyard birthday parties, local carnivals, camps, and other attractions. They're big, bouncy, come in all shapes and sizes, and kids of all ages love them. Unfortunately, they also cause thousands of injuries and several deaths each year.
This past weekend, two children in Arizona were injured when a bounce house was blown into the air, drifting across three lanes of before landing on the side of the road. Other kids have been trapped and injured when an inflatable suddenly deflated: a 3-year-old was crushed and killed by two adults, a 17-year-old Texas boy trying to do a back flip fell on his neck and is now partially paralyzed, and a young girl died after she broke her neck doing somersaults down an inflatable ride in Missouri.
Such accidents are on the rise as the popularity of inflatables grows, according to the Web site, RideAccidents.com, which tracks incidents. Before letting your child use an inflatable at a carnival or festival, check with the operator to see if it is properly anchored and that users are supervised. If you are renting one for a backyard event, make sure to:
- Limit the number of users on the device
- Don't have small children inside with older kids and adults
- Make sure the inflatable isn't overloaded or unstable
- Securely anchor the inflatable to the ground with peg
- Place the blower so it can't accidentally be unplugged, causing the inflatable so collapse
Get Sound Legal Advice
If you or your child has been injured by an inflatable, it is important to know and understand your legal rights. You can contact Goldstein and Bashner for a free consultation. Our experienced lawyers will sit down with you and fully discuss your case, answer all your questions, and let you know what to expect from the legal process.