There has been a fifteen-fold increase in bouncy castle accidents over the last decade, so if you’re asking ‘bouncy castle accident – can I claim?’ you should read this article carefully. A personal injury claim as a result of a child being injured should certainly be pursued by the parents or carers of the child, as children are unable to initiate a claim themselves.
The most common injuries that are received as a result of an accident on a bouncy castle include cuts and bruising, fractures and sprains, head injuries and broken bones. The majority of children hurt in this type of accident tend to report pain in their head and necks. The Boys Brigade, which is a youth organisation based in the UK, has reported that around 10,000 injuries a year are the result of an accident on a bouncy castle, and this number is on the rise. This statistic was taken from both accidents on bouncy castles in the home or at private functions, and also from accidents at public events, with 4,000 injuries being caused at private events and the rest happening at larger outdoor events.
If you would like detailed information concerning a bouncy castle accident claim, contact Accident Advice Helpline’s telephone helpline. Contacting our law firm in this way will enable you to receive free legal advice relating to your claim and will help to answer any questions that you may have.
Avoiding a bouncy castle accident
Most injuries are caused by the child bouncing off the castle and landing awkwardly on the ground, or being hit by larger children as they lose control on the giant inflatable. It is always advisable to take sensible precautions when taking a child to play on a bouncy castle. Firstly, look into the inflatable to make sure that there are children who are the same size as your own children playing on the castle. Larger children are much more boisterous than toddlers or small children, and they tend to attempt fancy jumps and acrobatic feats, which can potentially be a serious accident waiting to happen to smaller children.
It is also worth checking the weather before allowing children to use one, as strong winds can move them and throw children off, causing serious injuries.
Our team of specialist solicitors take every claim that they pursue on a 100% no-win, no-fee* basis. If you are curious as to how much compensation could be awarded for your claim, a short form can be found on Accident Advice Helpline’s website. Completion of the form will enable you to see how much you would be entitled to following a successful claim for compensation.
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Date Published: June 7, 2014
Author: David Brown