Five children were hurt in a bouncy house accident recently. Officials called the accident, in which one girl sustained “permanent” injuries, a freak accident. The incident happened at Springwell Church in Taylors, according to GreenVille Online. The five children were bouncing in the house when a large gust of wind scooped it up and carried it into the air. Battalion Chief Ricky Reed of the Taylors Fire Department described it as a “whirlwind” after his team was called around 2 p.m. The original call said they were responding to children falling out of a float.
In the end, all five children were hurt, and two of them were seriously injured. One girl, Trinity, suffered through an extended stay in the hospital. The others have since been released. Witnesses said that the bouncy house probably went as high as 30 feet in the air, and at least two of the children fell out from that height to the ground. Another inflatable went airborne as well and collided with some power lines. It then came to rest on the road. Luckily, no children were in that one.
An attorney for Trinity’s family, Ryan Montgomery, described Trinity’s injuries as “permanent”, and described the accident as “tragic and avoidable”. He thanked the public for the outpouring of support but asked for privacy as they work to support Trinity in her recovery.
Two off-duty police deputies were at the part working as security. They each described a dust cloud that tore through the party tents and the inflatables, wreaking havoc as they go. According to Reed, “there were ropes and straps and metal anchors laying strewn about on the grass.” He had been told by the operators of the bouncy house that it had been “strapped down securely,” but he didn’t know for sure.
Inflatables are in a gray area when it comes to amusement rides. They aren’t large enough to be currently regulated in South Carolina, and they are not subject to inspection by authorities, unlike larger amusement rides. USA today investigated inflatables several years ago and found that 100,000 kids were injured between 2003 and 2013 using inflatable bouncy houses and slides. USA also reported that they had found a separate study that claimed that every 45 minutes on average a child is treated for an injury related to bouncy house injuries in the United States.
Trinity was a party where she and her parents probably felt she was safe and happy, and having fun with her friends. It a cruel twist, it ended up being a nightmare for the child. Since their lawyer referred to it as “avoidable”, then there is a good chance that they will be pursuing legal action in the matter. Hiring an attorney right away was the best move. If you’re in Greenville and you or your child has been injured in an accident, contact a personal injury lawyer to help protect your rights and the rights of your child. 

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