A three-child mother who played with her son at her nephew\'s first party on the inflatable castle slide suffered a serious back injury, and she was awarded 14,000 euros in compensation at the Sligo High Court.
Esther McGowan (45)
Sued the owner of the inflatable castle
and her sister. in-
The law and her husband\'s garden Castle were built for personal injury caused by the accident in May 2012.
The court was told that Kararo took her 7-year-old son\'s hand from Mrs. McGowan of Drumiskabole, jumped from the top of the slide, landed at the bottom, and jumped about 8 feet from a height of 7 feet.
Judge Ray Fulham, who believes that Mrs. McGowan is 80% responsible for the accident, said the slide was not designed in her way.
She claims she landed in the gap between the slide and the next part, an inflatable barrier.
Her back hit the ground causing a fracture of her back spine.
On Saturday, May 19, 2012, Mrs. McGowan sued Gerry Gilmartin of Springfield, Ballincar, and S and G bouncing castles run by David, head of household, and Rosing Kavanagh in the Valley of Locke,
Mrs. mcgaowan said she and her then 7-year-old son, Kono, were on the slide at about 5.
By that time, her child had asked 50 pm several times to do so.
They jumped up holding their hands and she said she landed between the slide and the attached obstacle.
\"There is a sharp pain in an instant.
\"I know I have done some harm to myself,\" the plaintiff said . \".
Her husband Enda came over and she told him she couldn\'t get up or move and she thought she had done something bad.
Her legs inflate on obstacles while her back is on the other side of the slide.
She was taken by ambulance to Sligo Regional Hospital and then transferred to the spine Ward of Dublin Alma Mater Hospital on May 22 and then returned to Sligo on the 24 th.
She said she was in a lot of pain and ate morphine for a while.
She still has back pain but is not as serious as it was when the accident happened.
It depends on how busy she is in the day or the chores she is doing.
She has been back pain.
After the accident, she received up to 12 months of physical therapy at the Sligo Regional Hospital and was advised to do some exercise and stretching.
According to what she is doing, she will still relieve the pain.
Her children are now 9, 11 and 14 years old, respectively.
This was submitted to the plaintiff by Mr. Delhi odnonwan.
For castle S and G)
She shouldn\'t jump.
\"I had a good time with my son and I jumped up with him.
\"If I thought I put my 7-year-old son in danger, I wouldn\'t do that,\" she said . \".
\"You should slide on the slide \"-Mr O\'Donovan.
\"No one did that.
I danced with my son. everyone was jumping.
No one slipped down \"-plaintiff.
The plaintiff stated that she did not take part in sports, but she rode some bikes, even though she only rode twice this year.
In response to Mr. odnonwan, she said that she had two drinks and that she added that she had some coffee too, which was good.
Although she agreed to mention 10 feet in hospital records at her alma mater hospital, she was unable to estimate the distance she jumped.
Mr. odnonwan said that the weight of a person jumping on a slide would compress the structure so that they would hit the ground anyway.
The plaintiff replied that she did not know that inflation should not be jumped.
Mr. Clark (
The two structures were tied together with velcro, he said, and the ropes and nails were pushed to the ground so there was no gap.
The plaintiff said she jumped several times before the accident.
The day after the hearing, Mr. corm Smith (
For the plaintiff)
He said the barrier part of the inflatable castle was sold shortly after the accident and could not be checked.
\"We suspect it is defective and it was not properly maintained that day,\" he said . \".
Recalling that Mrs. mcGowan denied that on April 2016, at the Kavanagh house, she inspected the inflatable castle with engineers from all directions, and she told her engineer that she had slipped down the slide, a \"re-
Promulgated by sliding down the slide.
Mrs. McGowan replied that from day one she said that she and her son jumped on the slide together.
In response to Judge Fulham, the plaintiff said she landed at the bottom of the slide, her bottom hit the ground, and then slid between the two inflatable toys.
Plaintiff husband Enda McGowan told the court that he had seen his wife and son jump on the slide once or twice before the accident.
He turned and talked to David Cavana about a shoe on a spike next to the inflatable castle, when he heard his wife\'s moaning and his name was called.
His wife hovered between two inflatable toys.
She said she had pain in her lower back and could not move.
Witnesses said he walked to her from the gap and into the slide side by side.
\"I slipped over to find her,\" he said . \"
The chartered engineer, Dr. Mark Jordan, said in evidence that he had never said or left the plaintiff\'s impression of sliding down the slide during the joint inspection.
He told one of the defendant\'s engineers that the plaintiff came up and down the slide and fell in the gap at the foot of the slide.
Mr. Jordan said the slide was designed to bounce back, and there is little control over where you bounce back.
One can slide, but there is no legal rule to bounce back in the slide.
In fact, most users bounce back on slides.
It doesn\'t have a smooth surface and there won\'t be any irritation if the kids don\'t bounce on it.
\"If you don\'t do this, you will be burned with friction,\" he said . \".
The witness also stated that such a large person as the plaintiff would not land on the slide the way she described, thus \"touching the bottom \".
It expanded 2 feet.
Mr. Jordan described the gap between the slide and the inflatable castle barrier as dangerous and hidden.
Gerry Gilmartin, the owner of the Bouncy castle, said he had been operating for about 12 years at the time of the accident and had more than 25 bouncy castles.
This is the first time he has been sued for an accident at the inflatable castle.
The slides and obstacles are a two-segment unit.
The anchor points are attached to the side of the unit and then fixed to prevent them from separating.
When there are also velcro strips, a tarp flap crosses the connection.
The units were bought in the UK, where he could see how they worked and how they joined.
Barrier units or castles are not suitable for adults, he said.
Other items such as sumo suits are available for adults.
When he builds the castle, he submits a list of safety notes to the person who hired the castle.
In this case, he is not sure that he did so.
As far as he is concerned, these units are the first to hold exchange parties with children playing on them.
At about seven o\'clock P. M. he went back to the collection unit and David Kavanagh told him that there was an accident.
He did not ask people to sign the security instructions.
He agreed that there was nothing to say and that people were not allowed to jump and jump.
The safety note stipulates that the age limit must be designated by the owner.
He said that there are three points in fixing these units together, and if they all fail at the same time, they will be separated.
Mr. kavanah told him that Mrs. McGowan had jumped out of the Castle and her son had fallen on her, which was the cause of the accident.
On March 2013, he received a letter about keeping the slides for inspection, and a Mr. John Ford looked at it on behalf of his insurance company.
Mr. Gilmartin believes that the inspection was completed at that time and he sold it shortly after the transaction was completed.
Photographs taken during Mr. Ford\'s inspection were handed over to the court.
Wiliam Gaine, consultant at Sligo University Hospital, said that he had conducted an examination of the plaintiff on April 11.
The injury is consistent with falling from a high altitude or a high impact car accident.
She still has some discomfort in the injured area but has good back activity.
She continues to have some intermittent pain in her back, pain in her legs, and there is little chance of surgery.
If the symptoms persist, she may need painkillers and physiotherapy from time to time and will need to repeat an MRI scan.
Engineer Stephen Mooney (
For Mr. Gilmartin)
Said that from the description of the accident given to him on the day of the joint inspection by Kavanagh house, he understood that the plaintiff had slipped down the slide and finally \"disappeared\" the gap between the two units hit the ground on the slide.
When each part is tied to the stake on the ground with a hammer and pulled together by a rope, the units are connected via velcro at the bottom.
Once the fan is under pressure, the unit will compress each other.
If a person jumps a projection of 7 feet M, 8 feet M, they land in the area where he runs out, which is not to have this effect.
There was evidence that David Kavangh stated that he had not discussed with Mr. Gilmartin on how to use the inflatable castle and had not received any safety instructions.
Most children play during the day, and one or two adults also play.
When he saw the plaintiff at the top of the slide holding her son\'s hand, he was talking to Enda McGowan.
He didn\'t see her jump.
Later, Mr McGowan told him that their son had fallen on the plaintiff and that he had said that to Mr Gilmartin.
Dr. Dennis Wood, engineer (
He said that he learned from the information provided to him on the day of Dr. Jordan\'s joint inspection that Mrs. McGowan sat on the top of the slide and then slipped down with her son.
The witness agrees that there is an escape area at the bottom of the slide, which will slow down one person.
He says the resilient castle of adults is more robust with extra stitching.
Judge Fulham, after three days of bargaining, made his judgment on Monday, saying that the accident occurred because the plaintiff jumped on one, not to jump, while holding her 7-year-old son\'s hand.
She jumped down from 7 feet and landed in the run --
The bottom is 2 feet from the ground and cannot cushion her fall.
His momentum slipped her into the gap.
The judge said it was impossible for her to hold the child\'s hand and jump 8 feet into the gap between the two units.
\"The plaintiff had neglected her practice in using the slides,\" he added, adding that her injury could lead to paralysis, but fortunately she had recovered.
The judge found that S and G jumping castles and Mr David Kavanagh also had a duty of care and found that they each had a responsibility of ten per cent.
Judge Fulham said that he was satisfied that Mr. Gilmartin had not sent a safety instruction leaflet to Mr. Cavana and that he had not given any verbal instructions or warnings to adults jumping on the castle.
In addition, the warnings should be posted on the unit in clear terms.
It is Mr. Kavanagh\'s responsibility to supervise the activities of persons who use these units on his property.
He had seen Mrs. McGowan jump off the building before the accident and it was dangerous for anyone who was reasonable.
\"He had a chance to stop it, but he didn\'t,\" the judge said . \".
He said that while Mrs. McGowan was primarily responsible for her own injury, the first and second defendants were \"also guilty of negligence \".
\"There is no evidence of negligence on the third dffendant (Mrs Kavanagh), he said.
He treated the injury as a moderate injury and was satisfied that she could recover.
The general loss is estimated to be around € 70,000 but the plaintffi is 20%, which is € 14,000, € 7,000 per pair of S and G bouncing castles and Mr Cavana.
Costs awarded to the circuit court.
To the plaintiff.