Party games in so-called “bounce houses” may be more dangerous than they appear for North Carolina kids and families. One accident that hurt a 9-year-old boy is drawing attention to the harms that can result from these attractions. On a Saturday afternoon in California, strong winds sent an inflatable bounce house into the air; it flew a quarter of a mile away, where it landed in traffic on Highway 365. Once the inflatable structure came to the ground, the boy fell out and hit a car on the road.
This is not the only incident of a bounce house causing damage to kids out to have fun. Experts have warned that these structures must be secured firmly to the ground in order for them to be safe for children. In 2014, two boys in New York were thrown 20 feet in the air from a bounce house that had taken flight; one 5-year-old hit his head on a parked car while a 6-year-old suffered broken bones after he was dropped in the street. In another case, five children were hurt after the wind lifted up a bounce house during a carnival.
Companies that rent out bounce houses and the carnivals, shopping centers and other sites that host these attractions have a responsibility to provide safety materials and ensure that the houses are fixed securely. When public events and places offer bounce houses as an attraction, they can be held accountable on the basis of premises liability if people are injured as a result of problems with the structures.
Seemingly fun attractions and rides can be surprisingly harmful. People who have been injured as a result of carnival rides, bounce houses or other carnival or fair items might be able to work with a personal injury lawyer to seek compensation for their damages on the basis of premises liability, including medical bills, lost wages and other expenses.