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Holiday Home Safety

Are you keeping safe as your decorate your home this Christmas?  Follow a few of these simple tips, courtesy of Parents.com to keep your family and visitors safe during this holiday season!

  • Always remember to turn off your holiday lights when you're leaving your house or going to bed! You don't want to start a fire or an electrical shortage.  Outdoor timers work great for this! 
  • Make sure to buy a freshly cut tree, since they are less likely to catch fire.  Keep it well watered and away from candles.  
  • Don't connect multiple extension cords together, and make sure you're using plastic clips or tape when hanging exterior lights.  
  • Don't use your gas fireplace if the glass panel isn't complete and in place.  Otherwise, you could put yourself at serious risk for a gas leak. 

In talking about holidays and parties, it is also important to think about home safety in the context of premises liability.   It is important to remember that, as hosts, you are responsible for what your guests ingest at your party as well as the safety and security of your home.  If a guest injures his or herself at your home due to unsafe conditions, you could be held liable. This includes areas such as maintaining your sidewalks in good working order, keeping your home and exterior well lit so people can see where they're walking, and making sure your guests don't drink too much alcohol and drive home. You could face very serious legal ramifications later on if accident, injury, or police involvement occurs.  Be smart when both hosting and attending a party.

Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer serving western and central Pennsylvania.  For more information on his firm or to talk about your potential legal claim, please call his office at 814-946-4100.  

Holiday Home Safety

Are you keeping safe as your decorate your home this Christmas?  Follow a few of these simple tips, courtesy of Parents.com to keep your family and visitors safe during this holiday season!

  • Always remember to turn off your holiday lights when you're leaving your house or going to bed! You don't want to start a fire or an electrical shortage.  Outdoor timers work great for this! 
  • Make sure to buy a freshly cut tree, since they are less likely to catch fire.  Keep it well watered and away from candles.  
  • Don't connect multiple extension cords together, and make sure you're using plastic clips or tape when hanging exterior lights.  
  • Don't use your gas fireplace if the glass panel isn't complete and in place.  Otherwise, you could put yourself at serious risk for a gas leak. 

In talking about holidays and parties, it is also important to think about home safety in the context of premises liability.   It is important to remember that, as hosts, you are responsible for what your guests ingest at your party as well as the safety and security of your home.  If a guest injures his or herself at your home due to unsafe conditions, you could be held liable. This includes areas such as maintaining your sidewalks in good working order, keeping your home and exterior well lit so people can see where they're walking, and making sure your guests don't drink too much alcohol and drive home. You could face very serious legal ramifications later on if accident, injury, or police involvement occurs.  Be smart when both hosting and attending a party.

Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer serving western and central Pennsylvania.  For more information on his firm or to talk about your potential legal claim, please call his office at 814-946-4100.  

Watch Your Step! Avoiding Slip & Fall Accidents

What do you know about slip and fall accidents? They are a relatively common personal injury claim, but most people don't realize that these common myths about slip and fall accidents may not be true.  According to EHSToday.com, here are a few common slip and fall accident myths.  Read up and protect yourself from potential injury!


  • Myth #1: Shiny floors are less slip resistant than duller floors.  In reality, a floor's shine often has little to do with how safe/unsafe it is. 
  • Myth #2:  In the same vein as above, buffing a floor increases likelihood of slipping.  In fact, the opposite is often true! A buffed floor is often less slippery than one that has properly buffed. 
  • Myth #3:  Higher slip resistance=safer.  In fact, if the slip resistance is TOO high or the floor is tacky, it will collect dirt and debris and lead to more accidents.
  • Myth #4:  Newly applied floors are less safe than ones that are older and aged.  Actually, the opposite is true--newer, properly applied floor finishes are generally much safer.

 
So what does this mean for the average person walking on floors, especially industrial ones?  Be safe and take your time. For employers who are responsible for keeping others safe, make sure you properly maintain your floors to avoid a potential premises liability claim!

If you have slipped and fell on the property of another, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and potential pain and suffering.  This may include cases where sidewalks were improperly maintained due to the winter weather, such as failure to remove snow and ice.   Attorney Doug Stoehr takes cases for clients who have sustained slip-and-fall injuries due to the fault or negligence of another.  For more information on his Altoona, PA area practice, please call his firm at 814-946-4100.


Thank you to the background information, found here:
http://ehstoday.com/safety/five-common-slip-and-fall-myths

Don't Let Halloween Hazards Spook You!

Are you prepared and safe when it comes to Halloween festivities? According to many sources, Halloween is one of the deadliest nights of the year for pedestrian accidents, with children being the most at-risk group.  How can you keep yourself and your children safe while trick-or-treating? Take a look at these tips:


  • Cross at designated crosswalks, don't cross the street between parked cars or in the middle of a block.
  • Wear reflective tape on your costume, or put it on kids' candy bags
  • Add glow sticks! Kids can wear them as bracelets or necklaces, and it makes them more visible. 
  • Make sure your child's costume leaves them able to see through any potential masks, hoods, or face paint. They need good visibility in order to be safe and aware of their surroundings!
  • In the same vein, make sure your child's costume allows them to be mobile. They should be able to easily move their arms and legs without feeling constrained, or have their costume not be so big that they trip over it.  
  • If you are decorating your home for Halloween, make sure it's well lit and any strings, light cords, and/or cables are clearly marked so others don't trip over them. 
  • If your kids are trick-or-treating without you, make sure they have designated times and/or places where they check in with you throughout the night!

In talking about holidays and premises liability, there is a lot to think about, too!  When throwing a party or inviting friends over, most people are concerned with cleaning their homes, preparing the food, and making sure that there's enough to drink.  Although these things are important, it is also important to remember that, as hosts, you are responsible for the state of your property and injuries that occur as the result of your unkept and/or unsafe house and yard conditions.  This includes things like uneven sidewalks, poorly lit exterior spaces, hidden/dangling electrical cords that others could trip over, and other miscellaneous safety hazards.  

Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer serving western and central Pennsylvania.  He takes premises liability cases for those who have been injured on another person's property.  For more information on his firm or to talk about your potential legal claim, please call his office at 814-946-4100.  


Thanks to SafeWise for many of the tips above!
http://www.safewise.com/blog/most-common-halloween-accidents-and-how-to-avoid-them/

Woman Suing Pittsburgh Theater Group

A Pittsburgh theater is coming under fire as a result of a new lawsuit this month.  According to reports, a woman is suing Phoenix Theatres Entertainment LLC, for failing to keep their sidewalks in adequate shape.  The woman pursuing the lawsuit was leaving a theater in March when she tripped on the uneven sidewalk and sustained injuries.  As a property owner, it is your responsibility to make sure all access areas, including driveways, sidewalks, ramps, etc. are properly maintained and safe for all people who may be using them.  

If you have slipped or tripped, and fell on the property of another, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and potential pain and suffering.  This may include cases where sidewalks were improperly maintained due to the winter weather, such as failure to remove snow and ice.   Attorney Doug Stoehr takes cases for clients who have sustained slip-and-fall injuries due to the fault or negligence of another.  For more information on his Altoona, PA area practice, please visit his website at http://www.stoehrlaw.com or call his firm at 814-946-4100.

For more information on the Pittsburgh area case, please click here:

http://pennrecord.com/stories/511006837-woman-blames-theater-for-fall-injuries

Avoiding Deck Collapse This Labor Day Weekend

Oh, Labor Day! A time for parties, fun with family and friends, and saying a last official "goodbye" to summer.  Many of these get-togethers include time spent outside, such as on porches, lawns, and decks.  Unfortunately, sometimes these parties lead to unforeseen accidents, such as collapsing decks and/or people falling off of elevated spaces.  These accidents can have severe and life-changing consequences, such as broken bones, organ damage, and death.  How can you keep family and friends safe on your deck while you celebrate outside? Take a look at some of these tips:

  • Decks need to be well maintained and inspected by a professional.  
  • Check your deck once a year (such as every spring once winter is finished) and promptly make any needed repairs.  
  • Make sure to look for signs of age and wear and tear, such as rotting boards and rusted hinges. Railing and stairs are especially important to keep an eye on!
  • You may want to consider getting an official deck inspection.  


In talking about holiday parties and premises liability, there is a lot to think about!  When throwing a party or inviting friends over, most people are concerned with cleaning their homes, preparing the food, and making sure that there's enough to drink.  Although these things are important, it is also important to remember that, as hosts, it is also your duty as a homeowner to make sure your house is a safe and stable structure.  Unsafe decks that cause an accident for your party guests may lead to a lawsuit for you.


You are also responsible for what your guests ingest at your party.  Many hosts believe that, if their guests are 21 or older, they should be able to consume as much alcohol as they want without hosts having to monitor them.  This is a common misconception.  If a party attendee leaves the party drunk and causes injury or accident to themselves or another person, the hosts are partially responsible for the injuries.  This is true not only at a home-based party, but also at such public gatherings as graduation parties, wedding receptions, and other celebrations.


As a host, it is important to monitor your attendee's level of drinking and make sure that they are not over-imbibing.  If they do become intoxicated, it is your responsibility to find them a designated driver or call them a taxi. If you choose not to do this, you could face very serious legal ramifications later on if accident, injury, or police involvement occurs.  Be smart when both hosting and attending a party.


Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer serving western and central Pennsylvania.  For more information on his firm or to talk about your potential legal claim, please call his office at 814-946-4100.  

Malfunctioning Light Shocks Young Girl In Pool

Unfortunately, accidents do happen.  Sometimes, these accidents occur as a result of equipment that has malfunctioned.  Once such incident occurred recently in Mechanicsburg, PA.  A young girl was swimming in a pool earlier this summer when the pool lights turned on and malfunctioned, causing her to suffer electric shock.  Her family, who was quick to come to her aid, alerted first responders who came and had to resuscitate the child.  Other children who were swimming in the pool did not suffer as much of a shock, which police believe may be due to the fact that the injured girl may have been grounded by a metal ladder.  At the time of the news article, the child was in critical care in an area hospital and we send out best wishes out to her.  


As consumers, we must always be on alert for defective products. Here are some tips to prevent you and your loved ones from falling victim to product liability:

  • Research products before you buy them
  • Beware of low-cost products - you get what you pay for
  • Purchase products from companies with an established reputation
  • Know your product's warranty and guarantees 

Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer serving Blair and the seven surrounding counties in central Pennsylvania.  He takes cases for product liability and defective products.  For more information on his Altoona, PA area firm, please call his office at 814-946-4100 or visit his website at www.stoehrlaw.com.


Original article can be found here: 
http://wkbn.com/2016/05/30/girl-8-in-critical-condition-after-electrical-shock-in-swimming-pool/

String your lights, trim your tree...avoid premises liability?

Wow, there is a lot to think about as the holiday season rolls around! Prepping your tree, stringing your lights, and planning holiday parties is a lot to add to an already large seasonal to-do list.  Are you staying safe as you carry out your Christmas prep?  Forbes.com listed the most common holiday accidents and how you can avoid them!  Staying away from premises liability claims from others who visit your house is one good reason to take a look at that list!  
In talking about holiday parties and premises liability, there is a lot to think about, too!  When throwing a party or inviting friends over, most people are concerned with cleaning their homes, preparing the food, and making sure that there's enough to drink.  Although these things are important, it is also important to remember that, as hosts, you are responsible for what your guests ingest at your party.  Many hosts believe that, if their guests are 21 or older, they should be able to consume as much alcohol as they want without hosts having to monitor them.  This is a common misconception.  If a party attendee leaves the party drunk and causes injury or accident to themselves or another person, the hosts are partially responsible for the injuries.  This is true not only at a home-based party, but also at such public gatherings as graduation parties, wedding receptions, and other celebrations.
As a host, it is important to monitor your attendee's level of drinking and make sure that they are not over-imbibing.  If they do become intoxicated, it is your responsibility to find them a designated driver or call them a taxi. If you choose not to do this, you could face very serious legal ramifications later on if accident, injury, or police involvement occurs.  Be smart when both hosting and attending a party.
Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer serving western and central Pennsylvania.  For more information on his firm or to talk about your potential legal claim, please call his office at 814-946-4100.  
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