The number of injuries resulting from inflatable bounce houses has risen dramatically over the last two decades, according to a report by CNN News Source. The report cites a recent study conducted by Dr. Gary Smith, the director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

Analyzing records from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, which is run by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Smith and his team discovered that from 1995 to 2010, injuries from bounce houses rose 1,500 percent.

And from 2008 to 2010, the rate of injuries more than doubled. Just in 2010, 31 children were treated each day on average in emergency departments. The most common injuries were to arms and legs.

There isn’t sufficient data to explain this large rise, Smith said, but the increased use of the bounce houses could be responsible.

Smith feels that if these numbers were for an infectious disease, it would be a public health emergency. “This is an emerging hazard, something that should be taken seriously, but something that can be prevented,” he said.

If you take your children to a fair, amusement park or playground that has a bounce house, make sure that you monitor them closely. If your child has already sustained a personal injury, you may be entitled to receive money for medical bills and other expenses. Under Florida law, an injured party can recover compensation through a personal injury lawsuit when someone else’s careless, negligent, reckless or intentional actions caused the injury.

An attorney experienced in handling Florida personal injury lawsuits can review your situation and explain your options. Personal injury suits must be filed within a certain period of time, so don’t hesitate to contact a Florida personal injury lawyer about your case.