This month, a new study was released regarding the growing danger of child bounce house injuries. As the inflatable play structures gain popularity in the United States, the number of accidents and injuries are also growing. Here are the newest statistics:
- Between 1995 and 2010, the number of bounce house child injuries increased by 1,500 percent.
- 1.1 percent of all child injury emergency room visits are due to an inflatable play structure accident.
- More than half of the injured children were between the ages of 6 and 12; more than one third of the children were under the age of five.
- 57 percent of child injuries from bounce houses take place even when there is adult supervision.
- Three percent of children injured in bounce castles require hospitalization.
- 70 percent of bounce house injuries are due to two children colliding.
- 20 percent of bounce house injuries are due to a child bouncing out of the structure.
- Over 18 percent of bounce house injuries involve a neck injury.
- Most bounce castle injuries to school-aged children involve arm and leg injuries.
- Most bounce castle injuries to younger children (under five years old) involve broken and fractured bones.
- Most bounce house injuries take place in inflatable play structures that were rented by a private homeowner, not at a fair or public event.
- The majority of bounce house injuries to school-aged children (six to twelve years old) involve strains and sprains to wrists and ankles.
- The vast majority of bounce castle injuries involve 3-11 jumpers, with an average of five jumpers at the time of the accident. Very few bounce house injuries involve just one child using the play structure.
Has your child been seriously injured in an accident involving a bounce house or inflatable play structure? It is important to understand who was at fault for the injury and whether you may deserve compensation. To request a free case evaluation, call Seattle child injury attorney Andrew Kim: 800.636.3676.
Category: Kids Safety, Children Injuries and Accidents
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