A new study release by the Center for Injury Research and Policy (CIRP) from The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital has revealed that bounce houses are becoming an increasingly common source of child injuries. As found by the study, bounce house injuries increased by 15 times from 1995 to 2010, as reported by The Examiner.
The CIRP study looked at pediatric injuries associated with inflatable bouncers and found that the amount of injuries to children younger than 18-years-old increased by 15 fold in the 15 year span. Across the country, approximately 30 children per day were treated in hospital emergency rooms for bouncer-related injuries. This averages out to one child injury every 45 minutes.
Of the injuries found, 28 percent were bone fractures, 27 percent were sprains or strains, and 19 percent were head or neck injuries. A total of 43 percent of the injuries came from falls, while the second and third most common causes were from stunts and collisions inside the bounce house. Finally, 44 percent occurred while at a recreational setting and 38 percent happened at home.
The authors of the CIRP study pointed out that the injury risks for bouncers were very similar to trampolines with one exception: bouncers have no national safety guidelines. The CIRP suggests that no child under the age of six be allowed to use a bouncer and that an adult should be present to supervise at all times while the bouncer is being used.
The personal injury law team at Alpert Schreyer understands that injuries suffered by a child are not only devastating for the victim, but for his or her family as well. Physical, financial, and emotional recovery from such losses can be difficult, but finding compensation from those responsible for the accident can help the recovery process as much as possible. For a free case evaluation on your case, contact us today at (844) 632-7274.