BOUNCY HOUSES: WHAT TO DO IF YOUR CHILD WAS INJURED
When children see an inflatable bounce house, also called moon bounce, space walk, moonwalk, and jump houses, they often form long lines and are willing to wait for hours just to get a few minutes of enjoyment from this device. This enjoyment often goes uninterrupted, but there are instances where children are injured, and this is when parents should act quickly to ensure they receive compensation for their child’s injuries.
Bounce Castle Documenting Events
A person’s memory is something that can be useful for storing away large facts, but it’s often also something that can’t be trusted as time passes and the details of an event are forgotten or become obscured. Some of the most important information that should be written down includes:
- The exact location of the injury
- Notable observations that were made before or after the injury took place
- Individuals present when the injury occurred
- Conditions such as weather
- Time of day
Children should also be involved during this process because their responses to questions can be vital when it comes to proving a case. Questions should involve what the child was doing right before the accident and whether there were any obvious or potential causes.
Bounce House Persistent Vigilance
Documenting an injury doesn’t end after medical attention has been sought, because there are often instances where an injury only appears or becomes worse days after it is sustained. The injuries that can be sustained in an inflatable bounce house are numerous, and documentation about the injury should include:
- Any injuries, no matter how minor, to the head and neck
- Any visible signs of injury such as favoring one leg or hand over the other
- The appearance of bruises or other discoloration on any part of the body
- Changes in behavior or mood not common before the injuring event
Becoming Familiar with the Law
Many states have laws in place to protect individuals from the negligence of inflatable bounce house operators. There are two primary aspects to these types of laws, and they include:
- Product Negligence – Bounce house operators have a responsibility to ensure that the product they’re allowing the public to use is safe and won’t put them in unnecessary danger. When an operator fails to meet this obligation they can often be sued and injured persons can receive compensation.
- Proper Reporting – When a child is injured in a bounce house the operator also has to report this event to state investigators so an inquiry can begin immediately. If the operator fails to do this it often indicates an attempt to hide information vital to the investigation and makes negligence apparent.
Hire an Attorney
Your lawyer is one of the most important factors in determining if you will win your case or not. It’s important to hire an attorney who specializes in child related injuries so he will be knowledgeable in the best defense strategies. Schedule your free case evaluation today by calling 713.766.5400.
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