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Common Injuries Caused by Water Balloons

Written by Jared Staver

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Jared Staver is a Personal Injury Lawyer based in Chicago, Illinois and has been practicing law for over 20 years.

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CATEGORY: Personal Injury, Product Liability


Now that it’s warm outside, many children are playing with water balloons to keep themselves cool and entertained. Although water balloons are fun, they can also be dangerous and lead to serious injuries. Below are some common water balloon injuries that can leave your child with large medical bills, time away from school, and a great deal of pain and suffering.

Eye Injuries

When water balloons hit a child’s eyes, they could cause significant eye injuries if they hit with enough force. Depending on the circumstances, injuries like fractured eye sockets, detached retinas, and even blindness are not unheard of.

Ear Injuries

When anything strikes the side of someone’s head, the effect on a person’s hearing should be considered. For example, the loud sound that arises when a water balloon pops can cause a perforated eardrum and other ear injuries. A perforated eardrum is defined as a tear or hole in the eardrum and can be very uncomfortable for a child. Fortunately, if there is no infection and the ear is kept dry, a perforated eardrum can heal within a few weeks or months.

Bruises and Bleeding

A water balloon can bruise your child’s skin if it is thrown hard enough. The bruising can occur on any part of their body and cause feelings of extreme discomfort for your child. In addition, a water balloon can lead to a bloody nose or bleeding in other places.

Water Balloon Safety Tips

There are several things you as a parent can do to keep your child safe while they play with water balloons. Some of the water balloon safety tips Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. promotes and follows are to:

  • Ensure your child plays with water balloons with others that are within a three-year age range of them.
  • Only purchase balloons that are safe to use and have not been recalled.
  • Provide your child with eye protection whenever they play with water balloons.
  • Do not allow your child to use hazardous water balloon launchers that use heavy and thick rubber bands to catapult balloons.
  • Make sure your child is supervised by an adult.
  • Encourage your child to substitute water balloons for sponges dipped in water or foam balls.
  • If your child is under the age of 6, do not allow them to play with water balloons.

Contact Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C.

If your child suffers from an injury that was caused by water balloons, it is in your best interest to contact our Chicago personal injury law firm. We’ll determine whether the manufacturer or distributor of the water balloons is liable for your child’s injury and inform you whether you may be able to recover compensation for medical bills and pain and suffering. Call us at (312) 236-2900 for a free case consultation.

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