Bouncy castles and other giant inflatables are popular attractions for children’s parties. Unfortunately, accidents involving inflatables are quite common. Who is liable for injuries at inflatables parties depends on the circumstances.
Causes of injuries at inflatables parties
Many injuries at inflatables parties are caused by children bouncing off inflatables and landing hard and often awkwardly on surrounding ground. After rain, wet inflatables may also cause children to slip off. Some injuries are sustained because of larger, older children hitting younger, smaller children or toddlers while attempting acrobatic feats and fancy jumps.
In some cases, inflatables accidents are caused by defective inflatables or inadequate tethering. The latter is, of course, especially a problem when there are high winds.
Preventing accidents involving inflatables
Many injuries on bouncy castles and other inflatables can be prevented by:
Ensuring only children of the same age and size are allowed onto the same inflatable
Providing adequate supervision to prevent children becoming too boisterous for their own good
Refraining from using inflatables during periods of poor weather and high winds
Operators can and should prevent inflatables-related accidents by maintaining, tethering and operating inflatables properly.
Injured at an inflatables party
If your child suffered an injury at an inflatables party, you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim on behalf of your child if the accident causing the injury:
Occurred within the past 36 months
Was caused by someone else
To make a compensation claim, you must first establish who was responsible and therefore liable for the injury.
Liability for injuries at inflatables parties
Liability for inflatables-party injuries may be held by parents not supervising their children adequately or owners/operators of inflatables. The latter would apply if an inflatable was defective or not properly tethered, for example.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you believe someone else caused your child’s inflatables party injury, get no-obligation advice by calling our freephone helpline now. On confirming your eligibility to claim, our advisors will offer you the opportunity to enlist our experienced in-house legal team’s help in establishing liability and conducting your claim.
Why you should claim
While you are under no obligation to go ahead with a claim, we highly recommend doing so, because:
Any compensation you receive will help with medical and other expenses you incurred because of your child’s injury
A claim may instigate an investigation that may help to prevent future accidents
The number to call from your UK landline is 0800 689 0500. If you are making the call from a mobile, you should call 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: April 18, 2017
Author: Accident Advice