Parents May Want to Reconsider Bounce Houses After Recent “Jump” in Injuries

by Carmen Dellutri on December 4, 2012

Port Charlotte personal injury attorneyBounce houses and moonwalks have become commonplace at children’s birthday parties. However, as Cape Coral injury attorneys, we are concerned about the growing number of injuries tied to these inflatable play areas.

In fact, the number of children injured in bounce houses is 15 times higher than in 1995, according to a new study. Researchers concluded that there are about five bounce house-related injuries per 100,000 U.S. children every year.

"Groups should take a look at these data, help us get the word out and make sure parents are making informed decisions," said Dr. Gary Smith, director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

As Reuters reports, the number of children treated in emergency rooms (ERs) for the injuries is also growing, rising from 702 in 1995 to 11,311 children in 2010. Broken bones and sprains were the most common types of injuries with each accounting for approximately 25 percent of the ER visits. Cuts, concussions and bruises accounted for the remaining injuries.

Given the findings, Smith suggested that parents limit the use of bouncers to children about 6 years old and older, limit the number of children using them at one time, and always have adult supervision.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Cape Coral accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Cape Coral injury attorneys for a free consultation. 

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