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Bounced out of Town: City Parks Bounce House Ban in Contra Costa County

Posted by on Jan 16, 2014 in Accidents, Got Insurance?, News & Information

HERCULES, CA. — City officials in the small Northern California town unanimously adopted a business killing resolution to ban inflatable play structures “bounce houses” at City parks and/or facilities due to “liability concerns”. What will they ban next in Contra Costa county, jogging, bike riding, and… aerobics? During the meeting the City’s councilĀ also directed the city staff to draft an ordinance to attach monetary fines and penalties against violators. Parks and Recreation Director Pedro Jimenez said the city’s concern over bounce house liability has been plaguing Hercules for years following a single indecent which caused the city some undisclosed level of liability. The issue was first discussed in 2004, he said, and the city agreed to require permits for inflatable jumpers in the park — and restricted the number to two per park at a time. Then in 2008, Hercules stopped issuing the permits altogether because the city’s insurance agency does not provide liability coverage for the inflatable jumpers. Even if inflatable company owners offer insurance, the coverage may not be enough, and if someone gets hurt at a city park and then sues the city, the city would be financially liable, he said. However, my opinion as an insurance agent who does provide liability coverage for inflatable jumpers...

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Inflatable slide topples over, kids trapped – several injury claims 0

Inflatable slide topples over, kids trapped – several injury claims

Posted by on Nov 3, 2013 in News & Information, Videos: Accidents

As many as six (6) or more injury claims will likely be filed in Atlanta as a result of a bounce house accident during an Atlanta mall festival. Several children were hurt – and six were taken to the hospital – when an inflatable slide they were playing on toppled over suddenly during the Greenbriar Mall annual Fall Festival Atlanta Georgia. One child’s mother says she watched in horror as her 7-year-old son fell straight down from the top off of the slide. Then said she wants the mall or the party rental company to pay for her son’s medical bills. This single inflatable accident may invoke multiple types of coverage such as Accident Participant and General Liability, not to mention legal expenses to defend the rental company against any lawsuits....

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