A two-year-old New Hampshire boy is in critical condition after the bouncy house he was playing in was suddenly picked up by winds and thrown approximately 50 feet into the air. A three-year-old boy who was in the bouncy house with him was also seriously injured. The incident occurred at an apple farm in Nashua, N.H.
According to news reports, the owner of the farm had used the bouncy house at a past event, but the house was not supposed to in use at the time of the incident. The owner said he had the house inflated in order for it to dry out because there had been heavy rains recently, but that it was in an a restricted area of the farm and not opened to the public. The house, which is supposed to have four tethers when being used, only had three and there were no spikes to hold it into the ground.
However, the father of one of the children and another customer at the farm said that a farm employee told them that the bouncy house was open for children to play in and there was no admission cost.
Once the children were inside the house, a large gust of wind came by and the house was airborne. One of the victims’ fathers described what happened, “We see the bouncy house come up off the ground and slam right back down to the place that it was and then it takes off about 60-70 feet in the air, and it travels maybe about 100-150 feet away and slams both of our children down into the ground.”
Incidents of bouncy house accidents are happening more and more frequently. One expert puts the annual number of injuries that occur each year at 11,000 and referred to these numbers as epidemic proportions. If your child has been injured in one of these incidents, contact an experienced North Carolina personal injury attorney to find out what legal action you may be able to take.