Bouncy Castle Accidents
If your child has been injured in a bouncy castle accident, you may be able to claim compensation.
About Bouncy Castle Accidents
Statistics show that more than 10,000 children are injured in bouncy castle accidents every year. In 2017, reports of bouncy castle accidents increased significantly after a little girl was tragically killed in a bouncy castle accident.
Bouncy castle operators have a duty of care to protect their users from harm and must adhere to strict health and safety regulations. Their equipment must be regularly inspected and carefully maintained to reduce the risk of accidents occurring. Operators who fail to carry out risk assessments and take adequate measures to protect visitors from harm are likely to be found liable for any accidents that occur.
Our solicitors are experts in child personal injury claims and will work tirelessly to secure the compensation you and your child deserves.
Causes of Bouncy Castle Accidents
Common causes of bouncy castle accidents include:
- Poor weather conditions
Poor weather conditions increase the risk of a bouncy castle accident happening. Bouncy castles, like all inflatables, are susceptible to high winds, and can be blown away. In 2017, a little girl was killed after the bouncy castle she was playing on was blown away by a gust of wind. Although the weather cannot be controlled, it can be monitored; operators must carry out risk assessments and ensure it is safe for their equipment to be used.
- Bouncy castles deflating
Bouncy castles that are not properly inflated pose a serious risk to children’s safety. Operators must ensure that their equipment is sufficiently inflated. Bouncy castles that have been damaged may deflate over time; operators must check their equipment regularly for signs of damage.
- Poor anchorage
Bouncy castles should be safely anchored to the ground to reduce the risk of them blowing away in freak winds. Mooring straps should be used to provide additional anchorage.
- Tripping over ropes
The ropes that are used to anchor bouncy castles to the ground pose a significant trip hazards to children and adults. Ropes should be tidied away to prevent accidents from happening.
- Injuries caused by other children
Although operators aren’t responsible for the behaviour of the children on their bouncy castle, they should monitor children’s play and remove any children who are posing a risk to the safety of others. Users should be told to remove jewellery, shoes and any other items of clothing that could pose a risk to either other users or the bouncy castle. The number of children using the bouncy castle should also be monitored to reduce the risk of accidents occurring.
The majority of bouncy castle accidents involve children falling from the bouncy castle. Although falls cannot always be avoided, efforts should be made to provide soft landings for children who fall. Mats should be positioned around the bouncy castle to create a soft landing area.
Children can become trapped in bouncy castles if they are not put up properly or are permitted to deflate. Operators must ensure their bouncy castles are erected properly and are safe to use.
Injuries caused by bouncy castles can be serious. Falling from a bouncy castle, becoming trapped in a bouncy castle, or being on a bouncy castle that has blown away has the potential to result in severe injuries such as broken bones, lacerations and spinal and head injuries.
Can I make a Claim?
If your child has been injured in a bouncy castle accident, you can make a claim for compensation. Although children aren’t legally entitled to claim compensation before the age of 18, you have the right to act as your child’s litigation friend and make a claim on their behalf. As their litigation friend, you will be responsible for making any decisions that pertain to the case. If you choose not to claim, your child will have three years from the date of their 18th birthday to make a claim.
How Much Compensation?
Compensation amounts for personal injury cases vary considerably. Payouts are decided on a case by case basis and depend on the circumstances of the accident, the severity of the victim’s physical and mental injuries and whether or not the victim has suffered financially because of the accident. In cases involving children, the financial losses suffered by the parents may be reimbursed. To get a better idea of how much compensation you or your child will be awarded, contact our solicitors today. Our team are experienced in personal injury cases and are on hand now to take your case.