Bouncy castles are a great hit at children’s parties and community fairs. Parents love them too – they keep the kids entertained and occupied for hours so they are less likely to get into trouble. Most times everything goes well. The kids have a great time, nobody gets injured and everyone goes home happy at the end of the day. Unfortunately, sometimes things can go wrong and children get injured. If your child was injured in a bouncy castle accident, you should speak to a personal injury solicitor to find out if you have grounds to file a bouncy castle accident claim for compensation
Common Bouncy Castle Accidents
If used correctly, bouncy castles should be safe to use, however, accidents can occur if safety procedures and precautions are ignored. This could be either because of negligence on the part of the person setting it up or the carelessness of those using the equipment.
The most common causes of bouncy castle accidents include but are not limited to:
- Over-inflating or under-inflating any of the sections of the bouncy castle.
- Not inspecting for punctures that may cause the bouncy castle to deflate through a loss of pressure.
- Not placing appropriate safety mats around the bouncy castle.
- Faulty safety mats.
- Lack of supervision.
- Allowing too many users on the bouncy castle at the same time increasing the risk of suffocation or entrapment in case of an emergency.
- Instability or even blowing away in extremely windy weather conditions.
- Allowing users to play on the bouncy castle while wearing unsuitable clothing or footwear that could injure others.
- Allowing older and younger children to use the equipment at the same time.
- Not controlling boisterous behaviour.
- Inadequate fire escape measures.
- Leaving generators and air pumps unguarded or inadequately protected.
- Not placing the proper protective covering on guy ropes or anchorages.
Bouncy castle injuries can range from minor injuries such as cuts, bruises, and sprains, to much more severe injuries including fractures and broken bones, head injuries, whiplash, and even spinal or brain damage. Regardless of the exact cause of the accident, if your child was injured in a bouncy castle accident, you might have a case to file a claim for compensation.
Who Is Responsible For A Bouncy Castle Accident?
There are two different but equally important aspects that come into play with regards to bouncy castle safety. The first is the way it is set up and the second is the way it is used.
The supplier is responsible for setting up the bouncy castle correctly at the venue. This includes taking into account the risks of high winds at the venue, inflating the bouncy castle to the correct pressure, placing appropriate safety mats around the equipment, and making sure all guy ropes or anchorages are adequately covered.
After the bouncy castle is properly set up, the hirer is then responsible for making sure that it is used correctly. This includes only allowing the recommended number of children to use the bouncy castle at once, grouping users by age, ensuring that users remove shoes and sharp jewellery before climbing into the bouncy castle, taking the proper precautionary measures if the weather becomes inappropriate.
Whoever was at fault, if your child was injured as a result your solicitor will look into what happened in detail to determine who was responsible for the accident.
Making A Bouncy Castle Accident Claim
If your child has been injured in an accident, taking advantage of most personal injury solicitors free consultation allows you to get initial legal advice without the worry of having to pay anything. If you have a free consultation with ourselves and have a strong case, we will offer to take on your claim on a No Win No Fee basis. Our No Win No Fee agreement states that we shall cover all expenses while the bouncy castle accident claim is in progress. You only pay a set percentage (deducted from the compensation settlement) if your claim is successful. According to the terms of this No Win No Fee agreement, you do not have to pay anything if your claim is unsuccessful.
What You Should Know About ‘Litigation Friend’
Children under 18 are too young to pursue any type of legal action on their own. If your child is under 18 years of age, you can claim compensation on your child’s behalf as in the capacity of a ‘litigation friend’. As your child’s litigation friend, you will be responsible for liaising with the solicitor and for making all decisions regarding the claim.
If you would like to discuss a bouncy castle accident claim with a personal injury solicitor then please contact us today for a free consultation.