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Christmas Fire Safety

In continuing our trend of examining holiday safety measures, this day's post focuses on holiday safety surrounding household fire risks.  Unfortunately, those beautiful Christmas trees and candles do pose a significant safety risk to homes during the holiday season.  According to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA):

Tips For A Safe Holiday

The holiday season is a fun and enjoyable time, but it also comes with its own hazards and safety risks.  However, there are ways to avoid and/or reduce your risk in your own home and when you're out visiting others during the holiday.  Some things to keep in mind are:

Avoiding Winter Sports Injuries

Being from central Pennsylvania, it's hard not to enjoy the change of seasons.  For many of us, this winter will include a trip to one of the three ski resorts that serve our area.  Ski resorts can be a great place to cut loose with family and friends, but unfortunately sometimes those fun times end prematurely when you or a family member is injured.  At the law firm of Attorney Douglas V.Stoehr, we have experience in handling injuries related to skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing accidents.  Unfortunately, sometimes these injuries can be very serious and change your life permanently.  If you have been injured in a winter sport activity please contact us to discuss the possibility of a personal injury claim. 

Avoiding Dog Bites During Seasonal Gatherings

Thanksgiving is nearly here and Christmas is coming right afterwards! However, this time of year may not be easy for your pets.  The holidays can be a stressful time for both dogs and their owners.  Anecdotally, reports of dog bites appear to increase during the holiday season and is often appears to be due, in part, to dogs being exposed to an increase in movement, activity, and exposure to unfamiliar people.  These unknown people and situations can be frightening to dogs, and may make them appear defensive and more prone to biting people. In order to keep both pets and owners safe this holiday season, our law firm has a few tips to offer:

Avoiding Dog Attacks

Sadly, a young toddler in the Philadelphia area recently passed away after being attacked by two dogs in his neighborhood.  We wish this NEVER happened, but in case you are attacked by a dog, here are some tips that may help keep you safer:

Electric Scooters Misuse and Danger Results in Class-Action Lawsuit

Think carefully before renting an electric scooter! Many vacation and travel destinations have begun using electric scooters as a new, interesting way to show visitors around a new city.  However, these scooters pose a large potential safety risk.  In fact, a class-action lawsuit was recently filed against a leading national electric scooter company.  The lawsuit states that these scooter companies are not taking appropriate care to make sure their riders, and nearby pedestrians, are safe while these vehicles are in use.  The lawsuit further claims that some of these scooters are made with defective, and potentially dangerous, parts.  One personal injury lawyer cited within the news article below stated that she's received in excess of 100 calls relating to scooter injuries.  Many of these injuries are consistent in type, and involve broken body parts and head injuries.  Many of these injuries have required surgeries.  

Car Hits Bicyclist, then School Bus

Always be careful on the road because bicyclists may be around!  In the Hartford, CT area a driver was presumably not looking at his surroundings and hit a nearby bicyclist on the road.  This car then crashed into the end of a school bus. The driver then tried to flee the scene on foot. According to some news sources, there is question as to whether the driver was sober when operating the car.  

PA Tractor-Trailer Crash Results in Several Deaths

We hope cases like these never occur, but unfortunately we do not live in a perfect world.  Just this week, a tractor-trailer driver is under fire for being involved in an accident that resulted in the deaths of several people, including a toddler, in Pennsylvania.  

Retail Stores and Slipping on Floors

Do you sometimes enter a retail store or other public establishment and think "Huh, well THAT sidewalk/ramp/curb/entrance/puddle doesn't look safe". Chances are, you are probably right.  Sometimes, these unsafe walking conditions lead to accidents, which then makes those businesses potentially liable for slip-and-fall lawsuits.  One such accident occurred recently at a Big Lots in San Diego, CA.  A woman fell in a Big Lots after she slipped and fell on a patch of dirt of the floor, which caused her to fall into a soda display shelf.  As a result, she developed shoulder and neck injuries, had multiple surgeries, and required physical therapy afterwards.  The injured party's attorney reported that Big Lots doesn't have a set sweeping schedule, and instructs employees to sweep "as needed". They implied that this lack of cleaning schedule may have, in part, contributed to the conditions responsible for this accident.  The results of this trial have not been released yet, but it will be interesting to see what happens. 

Instagram and your Lawsuit

As always, it is important to be careful what you post on your social media account.  This is even more important when you are involved in a lawsuit.  One New York based lawsuit is currently making news in the legal world for a social media matter regarding to a car accident.  According to the background of the claim, a woman alleged that she suffered injuries from a car accident that caused her a significant loss of enjoyment of life.  However, her Instagram was reviewed during the legal proceedings, and included post-accident pictures of the woman participating in strenuous outdoor activities and enjoying a vacation. It may be likely that these pictures may have a negative impact towards the woman's claim.  

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