Don’t Take Florida Bounce House Injuries Lying Down
They are colorful and springy. They spread out to cover entire lawns. Or rise up to tower over houses. They can feature slides, tunnels, ladders, basketball hoops, fake trees, animals, and tools.
If someone was attempting to build the perfect child magnet, they might very well come up with a bouncy house. Inflatable jumping areas do more than just attract kids though. They lure in parents with the promise of safety through their very design.
After all, how could something filled with air present any danger? Kids can jump and climb and run and flop, but the impact of a fall will be so mild that kids will pop right back up and keep going.
Bounce houses seem like a minor miracle.
Unfortunately, as the experienced attorneys at The Injury Law Firm of South Florida are well-aware, that is far from the reality of the situation. Even though these staples of children’s birthday parties seem harmless, thousands of injuries happen on them every single year.
How bad is it?
From 2003-2013, over 110,000 people suffered injuries on “inflatable amusements” like bounce houses. Perhaps even more alarming, injuries seem to be increasing year-over-year, with 2012 alone accounting for more than 18,800 – three times higher than the number of injuries recorded in 2006. Moreover, almost nine out of 10 people who suffered injury were 14 years-old or younger. Twelve people even died. It is a huge, huge problem that far too many Floridians do not know about.
Something else most people do not know? Many of these injuries are due to the negligent behavior of another party in some way, shape, or form. If that is the case in your situation, you can sue the responsible party to pay for medical bills and any other damage your child suffered. At The Injury Law Firm of South Florida, our mission is to help.
What Happens If Your Child Is Seriously Hurt on a Florida Bounce House?
There are many potential injuries that can result, but an increasing number of people go to the emergency room to deal with injuries sustained on bounce houses. If you know anything about the costs of hospital visits these days, you know that means lots and lots of money just for the visit.
What if your child requires surgery? Prescriptions? Additional visits to the doctor’s office? Physical therapy? In-home care?
You can start to see how the costs of a bounce house injury might add up fast – and that doesn’t even take into account the associated costs. Things like work days lost to take your child to appointments. Transportation costs. Pain and suffering.
If someone else made an error that led to your child being injured, you should not have to bear the brunt of these costs. You should not have to pay for their mistake, and under Florida law, you might not have to. Despite the fact that our state does not regulate the bounce house industry, you can still hold responsible parties accountable under general personal injury laws.
What do you need to do?
Get in touch with our office as soon as possible after an injury occurs. Our knowledgeable lawyers will review the facts of your case and let you know what options are available to you.
In order for someone to win any kind of negligent injury lawsuit in Florida, you must be able to prove:
Duty. The idea here is that the party you are suing had a duty to keep your child safe or provide a safe experience for them.
Breach of Duty. The responsible party engaged in a behavior that was neglectful of this duty.
Causation. Due to their breach of duty, your child suffered an injury.
Damages. The injury your child suffered resulted in actual damages.
Something important to note is that Florida has a statute of limitations for injury lawsuits like these. You are required to file within four years of the incident occurring, or the court will likely refuse to hear your case.
Florida Bounce House Injuries: Who Can Be Held Responsible?
Who are the responsible parties in these types of accidents? That depends on how and where the injury occurred.
Potential negligent parties that you might be able to sue for compensation include:
Owner/operators of an indoor bounce house facility
Over the past few decades, more and more indoor amusement facilities for kids have been popping up all around Florida. Many of these businesses offer inflatable amusements, such as bounce houses.
If your child is injured due to negligence in one of these facilities, you likely have a premises liability lawsuit on your hands.
Owner/operators of a bounce house rental business
What if you or someone you know rents a bounce house for a party and an injury occurs? If the incident happened due to improper set up or maintenance from the rental company, they can and should be held accountable.
Bounce house manufacturers
What if the equipment itself is faulty? You likely have a defective product case on your hands, which means filing a lawsuit against the people who make the bounce house itself or related equipment.
Bounce house renters
Even if any manufacturers and businesses associated with the bounce house do their jobs correctly, injuries can still occur if the people offering the bounce house act irresponsibly.
For example, imagine a school carnival where the eight grader “in charge” of the ride stops paying attention because they are talking to friends. Or a neighborhood birthday party where the parents purchased a bounce house and did not set it up correctly.
In the former situation, the school could be potentially held liable. In the latter, the parents.
Get the Fair and Just Compensation You Need to Cover the Cost of Your Child’s Florida Bounce House Injuries
Bottom line? Do not simply assume that a bounce house injury is “just an accident.” There are many ways that negligence can cause your child to get hurt in a bounce house, and you should not have to pay if someone else is responsible.
The benefits do not stop there either. By filing a bounce house lawsuit, you may not only be able to save yourself from having to empty out your bank accounts, but also find closure by holding them accountable. You may also change their behaviors and prevent other kids from getting hurt in the same way in the future.
Do not delay – reach out to our office now.