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Child Injured on Bouncy Castle Claims €1.2m

An award has been made to a young boy in a child injured on bouncy castle claim. Sam Harris , then aged 11, was brain damaged when a boy of 15 kicked him in the head during a somersault. The incident two years ago has left Sam Harris needing constant care.  The resulting child accident injury compensation claim has led to a €1.2 Million compensation payment.

A case was taken by Janet and David Harris against the parents (Catherine and Timothy Perry) who had hired the bouncy castle on the basis of poor supervision, especially allowing older children by younger children.  The judge ruled on the question of liability by stating that “The risks of a damaging collision are manifestly enhanced by mixing children of different sizes.”

The household insurance policy of Catherine and Timothy Perry will pay the compensation award.

The legal action was considered something of a landmark case in the UK because it sets the precedent that the person hiring a bouncy castle is liable for injuries suffered by children using the bouncy castle.

A recent child injured on a bouncy castle claim in Ireland involved a five-year old girl that broke both wrists on an inflatable slide when she collided with a woman sitting at the bottom of the slide.  A leisure centre in was ordered in the High Court to pay 20,000 euro in damages.