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Summer Pool Fun Is Sometimes Hazardous

Companies often create products, such as cooking tools, toys, and medical devices that are later recalled due to resulting safety hazards associated with using that product.  Unfortunately, before these products are recalled, serious injury or death of multiple consumers often occurs. We often hear about these recalls through the nightly news or via e-mail alerts, but sometimes it is too late. Often, we hear about these recalls more around the holidays, when many childrens' toys are recalled due to safety reasons. However, recalls on dangerous and defective products can involve summertime activities, too.  

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:

Woman Injured at Kohls Seeks Lawsuit

Recently, a PA woman sued Kohl's department store after she was knocked over by a restocking cart.  According to records, the woman went to a Kohl's store in November 2015 to do some Christmas shopping.  She was approaching a price scanning kiosk to check an item's price when she was knocked over by a Kohl's employee who was pushing a restocking cart full of upright vacuum cleaners.  The woman sustained significant damage to her body, especially her right side.  Over the past two years since the incident, the woman reports that she has nerve damage in her right leg, which significantly weakens her right leg and ankle.  She also stated that her injuries negatively impact her ability to care for her 96-year-old mother, for whom she is the primary caretaker.  

Halloween and Premises Liability

 If you are expecting to welcome trick or treaters onto your property this Halloween, there are a couple things that you should be aware of.   First, if you are a homeowner, you have a responsibility to keep your property safe for anyone entering your property.  These people are owed a duty to be protected from certain dangerous conditions that you either caused or created, know about, or should have known about.  These types of cases are known as premises liability cases, or more commonly, "slip and fall" cases.  Second, you could be responsible for injuries if it happens on your property, and you breached the duty owed to the people entering your property.  At the law firm of Douglas V. Stoehr, we have experience in handling premises liability or "slip and fall" cases, but we would prefer that no one gets injured this Halloween.  We can provide a few tips for you to keep in mind while decorating, and getting ready to hand out candy:  
  • Make sure that your walkway, sidewalk and/or steps are well-lit and visible from the street to your front door.
  • Make sure that any dangerous conditions on walkways, sidewalks and steps are repaired or marked clearly to let people know of the dangerous conditions
  • Remove anything that may cause an individual to trip or fall while on your property, i.e., decorations and extension cords. 
If you or a family member is a victim of a premises liability or "slip and fall" case, please call Attorney Doug Stoehr's Altoona, PA area firm at 814-946-4100 to discuss your potential claim.   As always, remember to have fun and be safe out there this Halloween.  

Large Settlement for York, PA Man's Premises Liability Injury

Premises liability cases are more common than what many people may think. This one particular case, however, resulted in a very large claim for a York, PA man. According to news reports, an 80-year-old man was at a shopping center in York Township when he tripped over an unmarked step, and his head and face went into the edge of a chair of a neighboring tattoo parlor. The corresponding fall did extensive damage, including the loss of vision in one eye. This injury left him functionally blind. After the man took legal action, he was recently awarded four million dollars for injuries. For more on the news report, please click here.

Increased Accident Risk for Children During Summer Months

Accidents and injuries tend to increase during the summer, especially for children.  Do you know that many common injuries occur where you may least expect them?  According to one hospital's website, ER visits increase significantly during the summer.  Many of these injuries occur as a result of children getting into accidents, such as falling out of windows (whether they have screens or they don't).  Fire pits are also a common place for injuries, as are lawn mower accidents, swimming accidents, and pedestrian accidents.  The time around dusk can be particularly dangerous for children out playing, since it may be more difficult for others to see them walking, biking, and rollerskating on the streets.

PA Boy Injured on Exposed Metal in Obstacle Course

Injuries can happen at any time, even when you're out having a fun and family-friendly day with your family.  One such case recently happened in West Chester, PA.  A family was out enjoying family time at a mall, where their young child went through an obstacle course set up there.  The child was injured when an exposed piece of metal in the obstacle course hit his head, causing substantial injury to his scalp.  The family is suing based on claims that the defendants failed to properly supervise the installation of the course, as well as inspect the course and surrounding area, in addition to other charges.  To read more about the case, click here.

Electricity Linked To Many Pool Accidents

Many people know about the common pool dangers like drowning and slipping on wet surfaces, but what about electricity? People being harmed from electricity in pools is becoming a big concern.  Unprotected wires from pool lights, filtration systems, and similar set-ups can become extremely dangerous when they come in contact with your pool water.  Today.com highlighted this issue in one of their recent features.  According to their sources, there are many measures you can take to make your home pool a safer environment.  Some of their tips include:

Homeowners and Pool Safety

Summertime is here, and opening your pool can add to the excitement! However, it is important to understand your liability as a homeowner when you have others over to enjoy your pool. According to ConsumerAffairs.com, about 350 children under the age of five drown every year while in pools.  It falls behind car crashes as the second leading cause of death among young children.  Almost another 3,000 additional children are taken to hospital ERs as a result of pool accidents.  

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