Summer is finally here and restless, out-of-school kids need something to entertain them. Parents want to provide children with fun activities that will last for hours. Admit it, you want to get them out of the house too. Many parents are opting this summer for inflatable water toys, just attach a garden hose and you have hours of easy entertainment. Inflatable water slides, water wings, and slip and slides are some of the most popular picks for young children. However, if these products are defective or used incorrectly the fun day in the sun could turn into a nightmare.
The inflatable water slide has a drawn a lot of attention to itself recently, namely because of the rising popularity of the inflatable bounce house. These types of slides are similar to the popular bounce house, except you just add water. What could be more fun? However, the combination of inflatable plastic with slippery water has proved to be dangerous. Recently, The Banzai inflatable in-ground pool water slide, manufactured by Manley Toys, Ltd., was recalled after a 29-year-old Colorado mom died after she fractured her neck when she hit her head on the concrete edge of the pool. The slide had partially deflated causing the injury. It’s also important to read the safety warnings and instructions on these types of devices because they can be dangerous if not used correctly.
Water wings are also popular in the summer time, especially for smaller kids who aren’t the strongest swimmers. While water wings are colorful, fun, and floatable, they are not safe. They come off easily especially with sunscreen. If your child ever stops paddling or gets tired, the water wings will pull your child’s arms and hands over their head, allowing the chest and face to sink below the water. A regulation life jacket that surrounds the upper arms and chest is a much safer choice. Be very cautious about water wings.
Slip and slides are another popular summer contraption, especially for those without access to a swimming pool. Again these items can pose huge risk of injury to children and adults who use them. Some slip and slides that have been recently recalled due to inherent danger are; Slip ‘N Slide, Slip ‘N Splash, and Wet Banana. The problem with these slides is that they are only relatively safe for the use by smaller children, but they are very dangerous for teens and adults. The weight and height of an adult or teen causes the body in motion to abruptly stop in such a way that it can cause spinal cord injury including paralysis. Always make sure to read the warnings on these slides. Most of them say “Not for Adult Use”.
The Importance of Homeowner’s Insurance cannot be ignored by parents who invite children over to play with these inflatable devices. Especially during the summer months when the kids are home more and backyard toys are accidents waiting to happen. As a homeowner, you are liable for injuries caused to others on your property. Home insurance, also commonly called hazard insurance, covers homeowners from these accidents that take place at their residence. These policies combine various personal insurance protections. This includes losses occurring to one’s home, its contents, loss of its use (living expenses), or loss of other personal possessions of the homeowner, as well as liability insurance for accidents that may happen at the home within the policy territory. It requires that at least one of the named insured occupies the home.
“Injuries that occur with these types of water toys usually happen at home or at the home of a friend or family member. It is extremely important to have homeowners insurance in many cases where injuries could be severe. Legal representation may become necessary in cases of severe injury,” says West Thomas, founder of The Thomas Law Firm.
For roughly 30 years, the legal experts at Thomas Law Firm have represented thousands of clients who were injured or killed in various types of accidents including serious traffic accidents.
Call us today at 1-855-ASK WEST (1-855-275-9378) to speak with our personal injury law firm. Thomas Law Firm has offices in California including its headquarters in Irvine. We also have offices outside of Orange County to serve you in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, San Diego, Riverside, San Diego and in Las Vegas, Nevada.