INJURY TO CHILD ON INFLATABLE BOUNCY EQUIPMENT – LIABILITY CANNOT BE WAIVED
Generally in Minnesota, when someone signs a liability waiver, it is enforceable. At most events and activities, if you are injured after you signed a liability waiver, you will not be able to sue for damages if you are injured in an accident. However, there are a few exceptions to this. For example, if the property owner has engaged in willful or intentional conduct, the waiver may not be enforceable.
In situations where a parent signs a waiver for a child, the waiver is still enforceable if the child is injured in an accident. There was a recent case where the child tried to sue after he turned 18, but the court still upheld the waiver that the parent signed earlier. Although it did not apply in that case, one additional exception for children is if they are injured on inflatable equipment. MN law has an exception for inflatable equipment, so a liability waiver for that is not enforceable if a child is injured. Even if a child’s parent signs a liability waiver, it will not apply to the owner of the inflatable bouncy house or other inflatable jumping equipment.
ACCOUNTABILITY FOR CHILD SAFETY
If a child is injured at a party or field trip on inflatable bouncy equipment, there may be a claim against the owner of the equipment or the sponsor of the party. However, there still must be proof of negligence. In some cases there can be an injury on the inflatable equipment that is just a natural consequence of using the equipment. But there all also situations where there was inadequate supervision, too many children were allowed to get onto the inflatable equipment at the same time, of there was no padding around the equipment so that if a child fell off he would be injured.
If your child was injured on an inflatable bouncy house or similar equipment, call us for a free consultation with a lawyer. Our personal injury attorneys have represented many children injured in all kinds of accident throughout Minnesota. We make sure that medical bills are paid, future needs are provided for, and that child receives all appropriate compensation.