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Deadly Drains, Bacteria and Other Common Swimming Pool Dangers

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Summer has finally arrived. Warm weather will bring millions of people to public and private swimming pools. While swimming is a classic summer pastime, it is also a cause of injuries and deaths. Drownings, infections, falls and electrocutions happen each year. To prevent a swimming pool injury or death this summer, beware of the following hazards while enjoying swimming pools and spas: Dangerous pathogens. Swimming pools may contain dangerous microbes, especially if they are unsanitary. Pathogens such as coli, rotavirus and Salmonella can infect swimmers. Although very rare, unsanitary swimming pools may also contain the “brain-eating amoeba” (Naegleria fowleri). Electrical hazards. Poor maintenance practices and defects can cause electrocutions. Underwater… Read More

Are Fatal Hit and Run Crashes Increasing?

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Hit and run crashes are responsible for roughly 2,000 deaths in the US each year. These are crashes where motorists hit others with their vehicles and leave the scene. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety (AAA) recently released a report that suggests hit and run crashes are increasing. According to AAA, these accidents are increasing by roughly 7 percent each year. There are other important facts about the increase in hit and run accidents in the U.S.: During 2016, there were 2,049 fatal hit and run crashes. Between 2009 and 2016, hit and runs increased by 62 percent. There are several possible reasons why hit and run collisions are increasing…. Read More

Can I Sue My Employer for a Construction Accident?

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Construction accidents often result in serious injuries or death. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) statistics show there were 991 deaths in the construction industry during 2016. In many cases, you cannot file a workplace accident lawsuit against your employer. Surviving family members may also not have this option. You or your family would rely on workers’ compensation benefits. However, there are cases where a claim could be filed against a third party. Third parties are individuals or businesses who are not your employer. For instance, a third party could be the manufacturer of construction equipment at your worksite. Subcontractors working for other companies could also be an example of… Read More

Can I Be Injured at an Amusement Park?

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Warm weather draws millions of people in the US to theme parks and fairs each year. However, you could also suffer injuries at these establishments. The CPSC estimates that emergency rooms treated 30,000 amusement park injuries in 2016. Rides only causes a fraction of these injuries. Several recent amusement park accidents have captured the national spotlight. In 2016, a 10-year-old boy was decapitated on the “world’s tallest waterslide” at a Schlitterbahn in Kansas City. Recent court documents show the park’s management hired a team without the technical skills necessary to safely build the slide. Two individuals responsible for constructing the slide are facing manslaughter charges. Another accident occurred at a… Read More

Car Seat Safety Tips for Protecting Your Child

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Selecting the right car seat can mean the difference between life and death or minor injuries and serious injuries for your child. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) maintains that car seat use reduces the risk of death by 54 percent for children between 1 and 4 years old. Car seats must be used correctly to receive the maximum benefit. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has several recommendations for selecting and using child car seats. These recommendations include: Buying the right type of car seat. There are various car seat types for different age groups. For instance, infants and very small children should only use rear-facing… Read More