Many North Carolina families rent bounce houses for their children to play in on special occasions such as birthday parties and holidays. Sometimes, the children play a little too rough and suffer scrapes or bruises, but they don't typically suffer from anything too severe. However, two children are recovering from catastrophic injuries after the bounce house they were playing in suddenly lifted up into the air, and they fell to the ground.
The freak accident happened in New York on the afternoon of May 12. Witnesses watched in horror as a huge gust of wind blew the bounce house, which was staked to the ground, 50 feet into the air. Two boys, ages 5 and 6, and a 10-year-old girl were playing inside the bounce house at the time.
The girl fell out when the bounce house was only a few feet in the air, and she suffered a minor scrape. The two boys, however, were 15 feet in the air when they fell out. One boy landed on the asphalt and suffered a traumatic brain injury. The younger boy fell onto a parked car. He suffered injuries to his face and broke both arms.
Was this an unpreventable accident or was negligence involved? It is possible that the people who set up the bounce house could be at fault for not staking it into the ground hard enough. Also, the manufacturer could be liable for not warning consumers of the dangers involved with using the bounce house. Most people would not be aware that the bounce house could float away.
The injured boys could be suffering from their trauma for many years or even the rest of their lives. If someone is held liable for the accident, the families of the boys could file lawsuits and might recover compensation for the medical expenses and other damages they will incur.
Source: New York Daily News, "Wind gust sends ‘bounce house’ 50 feet in the air in upstate N.Y., seriously injuring 2 boys who tumbled to ground" Sasha Goldstein, May. 13, 2014