Posted on behalf of Phillips Law Group on Feb 24, 2011 in Personal Injury
One of the popular choices among parents when it comes to providing fun for their children is the renting of a bouncy castle. These inflatable toys can be rented and installed almost anywhere and provide hours of fun for a child and his or her friends. In general, these bouncy castles have seemed to be quite safe as well, as they are usually enclosed and provide soft landings for children playing inside of them. Unfortunately, things can and sometimes do go very wrong with these products to the point where help is needed from Arizona defective products attorneys. A recent incident in the state highlights what can go wrong in certain situations.
According to reports, the parents of Alison Baray recently decided to rent a bouncy castle for her at their home in Marana, Arizona. Both Alison and her 11-year-old sister, Jessica, were playing inside of it in their yard. Apparently, the castle was assembled properly and tied down with metal stakes in the yard. Unfortunately, a freakish gust of wind came about that was estimated to be at approximately 160 miles per hour. As a result of this high wind, the castle was blown away from its stakes and was swept away for more than 100 feet from where it stood. Ultimately, Alison, who was trapped inside of the castle at the time, landed on the roof of another house and suffered serious head injuries and a concussion.
First of all, we'd like to express our relief that the little girl involved in this accident was able to survive. This is a situation that could have been much worse. In addition, the theories of liability that could be applied to this situation in order to make sure that the girl's legal rights are properly enforced require a look at several facts. The first fact that needs to be clarified is that the castle was being used properly in terms of how it was inflated and how it was anchored. If it was installed and used properly, then this would indicate that fault for this incident does not lie with the girl's father who put the castle together. In addition, the manner in which the girls were playing in the castle would need to be examined, and if their conduct was proper, they would also likely avoid having any fault assigned to them.
Ultimately, the situation could come down to a theory of products liability and/or personal injury. Regardless of the legal theory that's ultimately used, such a decision should be made by an experienced personal injury lawyer in Phoenix who handles both types of cases. If you or someone you love has been injured by a product, contact the Phillips Law Group immediately to schedule a free initial consultation.
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