Attorney Michael A. Naso Drafts Bill Requiring Inflatable Structures be Anchored

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Michael A. Naso, founder of the Law Office of Michael A. Naso, in light of a New York Daily News article about amusement park risks, discusses a bill that would require entities that lease inflatable structures to anchor them down.

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Government records show that more than 100,000 people in a ten-year period, mostly children, went to emergency rooms due to injuries incurred on inflatable structures.

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According to a May 29, 2016, New York Daily News article, amusement parks report more than 1,000 injuries every year, and it is rare if a summer goes by without a ride-related death or maiming making headlines.

“Businesses that provide injury-prone amusement are obligated to ensure the safety of their patrons,” said attorney Michael A. Naso. “However, some states have no regulations at all concerning safety requirements and amusement parks.”

For reasons such as this, Naso drafted a bill to pass a law requiring entities that lease inflatable structures to anchor them down. The main inspiration for this bill was an incident where one of Naso’s clients suffered severe injuries after being thrown off the top of a non-anchored bouncy slide with two 3-year-old children onto the concrete more than twenty feet below (Case No. BC557349, filed in the Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Los Angeles).

After studying the contract produced by the bouncy slide rental company, Naso discovered it transferred all liability for negligence onto the entity leasing it from the rental company. “There are virtually no regulations for these slides requiring them to be anchored down,” Naso said. “Government records show that more than 100,000 people in a ten-year period, mostly children, went to emergency rooms due to injuries incurred on inflatable structures.”

Naso is currently trying to get his bill made into law and a politician to sponsor it. In fact, in a recent letter he received from California State Senator Patricia C. Bates, she writes that thousands of inflatable-amusement-device incidents occur annually, and are primarily attributable to improper operation, supervision and set-up.

“You (Naso) have correctly identified that California and the majority of other states do not regulate inflatable amusement devices,” said Sen. Bates. “It is clear … that more should be done to communicate the risks as well as the guidelines for safe set-up and operation of inflatable devices.”

About Michael A. Naso
Michael A. Naso focuses on catastrophic personal injury cases, litigation between former partners, real estate and business litigation, fraud, and breach of contract cases. For more information, please call (949) 769-3400, or visit http://www.naso-law.com. The Law Office of Michael A. Naso is located at 300 Spectrum Center Dr., Suite 1170, Irvine, CA 92618.

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