As more and more data becomes available, it’s clear that brain injuries are all too common at commercial amusement parks. For example, a recently-concluded case began in 2010 when a young boy at Pump It Up of The Woodlands (an indoor inflatable bounce house venue outside of Houston, Texas) fell 7 feet onto the concrete floor below due to an air pressure change in the equipment he was playing on. The resulting skull fracture and bleeding on the brain have caused the child to stutter, suffer from memory problems, and struggle with other emotional challenges. After finally going to trial, this case resulted in a $1.3 million verdict for the family; although it won’t reverse the damage that has been done, it will allow the family to get their son the care he needs and hopefully encourage other play centers to review their safety policies and maintain their equipment.
Unfortunately, inflatable park injuries like the ones suffered by this boy are on the rise despite the warnings communicated through verdicts like these. It has been estimated that between 1995 and 2010, bouncer-related injuries rose by 1,500 percent! According to a recent study published in the journal Pediatrics, an average of 31 children were treated in emergency departments as a result of bounce-house-related injuries – every day in 2010. Furthermore, 18.5% of children suffered from head and neck injuries.
Dr. Gary Smith, the director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, expressed that the types of injuries children sustain from playing in and on inflatable bounce house equipment is similar to the pattern of injuries that occur from trampoline use. And trampoline parks are yet another increasingly dangerous venue for children. In 2009, one of the most recent years with complete data, 97,908 injuries were sustained nationwide as a result of trampoline use. Sadly, there is virtually no regulation for trampoline parks in Texas, not even the clearly ineffective insurance requirements or safety inspections that are required for inflatable parks.
Although regulations may be lax, Harris County jurors have sent a clear message in their recent verdict awarding $1.3 million: they will not tolerate severe injuries to young people at bounce houses or trampoline parks. If one of your family members or someone you know has been injured at one of these recreational facilities, even if you signed a waiver, contact Crosley Law Firm right away. Our expert attorneys will review your case and talk you through your best course of action at a free consultation. Call us at (877) 535-4529 or visit our website to conveniently submit a free case review form. And in the meantime – don’t allow your children to visit these dangerous amusement parks that have been roundly condemned by pediatricians and medical professionals.
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