Bounce Castle Injuries Carry Cost, Lawyer Says

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Inflatable playhouses are fun for kids, but also cause serious injuries. Attorney Michael Steinger says that parents are entitled to compensation.

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Bounce houses and inflatable castles are often a selling point for parties and children's events, but these attractions can easily turn from good fun to serious danger. According to an investigation by ABC Action News released, many states don't regulate bounce houses and injuries from playing in them are common. Attorney Michael Steinger of Steinger, Iscoe & Greene says the news is not surprising.

“We hear from mothers all the time,” Steinger said. “Children get injured at parties and carnivals and they don't know what to do. People don't realize how bad it is.”

The report stated that injuries can come from children colliding during play, but also occur when bounce houses collapse, tip over or blow away in the wind. One Colorado boy was crushed by a collapsing bounce house and unable to breathe. His mother was nearby and managed to rescue him.

Other children suffer from sprained ankles and broken bones, according to the report.

“This industry is largely unregulated,” Steinger stated. “Licensing and inspections that are required for motorized rides are completely lacking for inflatable structures in Florida and other states. Parents don't know that when their kids go in.”

Steinger says parents whose children are injured are often frustrated and angry when they find out that the government doesn't have rules for the structures.

“They feel like they have no recourse,” Steinger said. “But that's not true. Anytime a child is injured because of someone else's negligence, there is a legal right to compensation – even if no one did anything illegal.”

Parents should contact a lawyer, Steinger says.

“An attorney can help you recover the cost of medical bills, lost wages, and other compensation. If we make these companies foot the bill, they'll have to start taking safety seriously.”

About Michael Steinger:

Michael S. Steinger, cofounder of Steinger, Iscoe and Greene law firm, is one of Florida's most experienced personal injury lawyers. He has won multi-million dollar awards for his clients and always represents real people, never big businesses. He can be contacted at (800) 560-5059.

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