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POOL ACCIDENTS AND DROWNING INJURIES: What to do if You've been Injured

Thursday, September 01, 2016

According to the CDC, each year hundreds of children die and thousands more are injured in swimming pool accidents; these happen in public pools, on private property and even water parks. Here in California, the summer months are particularly hazardous with school out, warm weather and plenty of children playing in and around water.

There are several ways you could be injured in a swimming pool accident. The most common and unfortunate form of swimming pool accident involves small children. If a pool has not been properly secured, or if the child has not been adequately supervised tragedy could result.

Pool Accidents and Drowning Injuries

if you are visiting a private home, staying in a hotel or anywhere that has a pool, then that pool needs to be properly secured. Children should not be allowed to access the swimming area without supervision. Drownings can happen in an instant. The owner of the pool needs to make sure that children can’t easily access the swimming area without supervision. In 2015 a child died at Disney World’s Art of Animation resort because he was able to access the swimming pool in the middle of the night. Disney is since put a fence around this pool and around every other resort pool on their property.

When a business doesn’t take proper precautions or homeowner fails to fence in their pool securely a child could drown or be catastrophically injured. Commercial and residential pool owners who fail to secure their swimming area could be held liable for the injuries and death that result from their lack of action.

What to do if You’ve Been Injured in a Pool Accident

Even in properly enclosed pool areas children and adults can be injured by unsafe conditions. The behavior of others in the pool area, the cleanliness of the pool itself and the maintenance of the surrounding area can all contribute to accidents in the pool.

Even those who have been able to be resuscitated or have avoided death can have significant brain injury after a pool accident. If you or your child has been injured in a pool accident seek out medical help immediately. Document the conditions of the pool and the incident; take photographs, interview witnesses have the commercial establishment file a report about the accident.

Seek out legal help. A personal injury attorney can help you get the help you need after a pool related injury or accident. Never accept a settlement or money from an insurance agency without speaking to an attorney first. The company that injured you or the party that injured you needs to be held responsible for that accident.

Contact us to learn more about protecting your rights after a swimming pool accident or injury. Whether you’ve been hurt yourself or your child has been a victim we can help you get the compensation you deserve.

Dog Bites / Animal Bites: How To Prevent Them

Friday, August 26, 2016

Nearly 4.5 million Dog Bites / Animal Bites occur in the U.S. each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many of the victims are children, and many of the bites occur in the dogs' own homes.

And dogs aren't the only companion animals who can bite and cause serious injury. Cat bites, too, can be very dangerous.

How do you prevent Dog Bites / Animal Bites? Just follow these safety tips.

  • Never corner or try to pick up a frightened cat. Even the sweetest, gentlest house cat will attack if it feels trapped.
  • Supervise young children when they're with family pets, and teach them to treat dogs and cats with respect and caution.
  • Never startle a dog or cat who's sleeping, and don't disturb dogs when they're eating or caring for puppies. Cats caring for kittens need their own space, too.
  • Don't try to pet a dog without allowing it to see you and sniff your hand first.
  • Discourage aggressive play by both dogs and cats.

When An Unfamiliar Dog Approaches

Always be cautious of dogs you don't know. Keep these suggestions in mind to avoid an attack or bite.

  • Avoid direct eye contact with the dog. Direct eye contact sends an aggressive message to both dogs and cats.
  • Stand sideways and stay still until the dog goes away.
  • Say "No" or "Go Home" in a firm, deep voice, but don't clap your hands or make loud noises that will frighten the dog and make it more likely to attack.
  • If the dog knocks you over, curl into a ball with your head against your chest, and put your hands over your neck and ears.

Sometimes the worst happens, and it's not possible to prevent an attack. If you're the victim of a Dog Bite / Animal Bitecontact us to discuss your options and to find out whether you're entitled to compensation for your injuries.

Dog Bites / Animal Bites: Protect Your Rights After an Attack

Thursday, August 18, 2016

There are literally over 4 million dog bites and injuries each year, according to recent reports from the CDC; injuries can range from minor scrapes or bruises to significant wounds, some extreme attacks are even fatal. Knowing your rights and what to do if you or a loved one is attacked can help you respond the right way and get all of the help you need to recover after a dog related injury.

3 Things to Know about Dog Bites/Animal Bites

Any Dog Can Bite

While pit bulls make headlines, injuries are caused by even small breeds every day. Little pups like Chihuahuas can cause significant damage, particularly if they are being held by the person they attack. Facial scarring and damage can occur in an instant if a little dog decides to attack. The size of the dog or its breed have no bearing on your ability to file a lawsuit and recover your losses. If you have been injured, you are entitled to compensation for your suffering and injuries.

Other Injuries Matter, Too

If a dog attacks your child or pet and then turns on you, the collateral damage matters as well. You still will incur significant expenses even if you are not the party the dog attacked first. Dogs can cause injury without biting at all; a large dog can knock over an elderly person or a small child and cause significant damage without ever bearing his teeth at all. An attorney can help you protect your rights and ensure that you are compensated for any injuries caused by the dog in question.

Other Animals Can Attack

Any pet that has not been properly restrained or is not under control of its owner could attack and injure you. Even if the animal is an exotic species instead of a dog, you still have rights and can still pursue compensation. Recent cases have made headlines; snakes, birds and even a pet chimpanzee have caused catastrophic injuries when they attacked a visitor or bystander.

A personal injury attorney familiar with animal bites and dog bites can help you learn about your options and seek out the compensation you deserve after an attack. If you have been bitten or injured by someone else’s pet, contact us to talk about your case and determine what to do next. We are committed to helping you recover and put the attack behind you. 

Understanding Pedestrian Accidents: Do Pedestrians Always Have The Right-Of-Way?

Thursday, August 11, 2016

California vehicle codes grant pedestrians a great deal of protection, to the point that a popular belief has developed that pedestrians always have the right of way in traffic in the state regardless of the circumstances. This isn't always the case, however. While pedestrians usually have the right of way, they are also expected by the law to exercise the same caution and courtesy that drivers do.

Let's look at some potentially questionable situations. One such situation would be when there is a crosswalk in the middle of the street with no light or sign controlling traffic present. Vehicles are required to yield to pedestrians in these crosswalks according to Vehicle Code 21950. However, the code immediately goes on to state that the pedestrian has a responsibility to exercise due care for their safety, and gives the specific example of a pedestrian jumping off the curb immediately in front of a car as a case where the pedestrian could be found to be responsible for their own injury.

Another example is when a pedestrian chooses to walk across a street that does not have a crosswalk. The code that covers these instances is Vehicle Code 21954. Contrary to popular belief, pedestrians do not have the right of way outside of an established crosswalk. They are required to yield to all oncoming traffic that is near enough to present a potential hazard. However, drivers still have a responsibility to exercise due care for a pedestrian in any roadway; their being outside of a crosswalk is not a free license to get away with hitting them!

Though some pedestrians may believe that California law grants them a right to jaywalk, that just isn't the case and it is very possible to get ticketed for it. For both drivers and pedestrians, common sense and caution should always rule the day at any street crossing.

If you have been involved in a traffic accident and feel you may need the services of an attorney, contact us to learn what your options are and what we can do for you.

A Drone Injury Lawyer Explains the Risks of Operating a Drone

Thursday, August 04, 2016

If you had an unfortunate encounter with a defective drone or a negligent drone operator a Drone Injury Lawyer can help you decide how to proceed. While popular and useful, drones can be operated almost anywhere, by almost anyone. There are no training or licensing requirements for these incredibly popular devices.

While drones are relatively new to the civilian market, there is a body of civil law that applies to drone operation. The legal risks to you as a drone operator come from three possible sources:

Defective or malfunctioning equipment - The operator or the manufacturer, or both, could be liable if defective equipment leads to property damage or serious injury.

Operator negligence - Drunk, distracted or inattentive operators pose a risk to the public. The bigger and faster the drone is, the more the risk posed by negligence.

Invasion of privacy - Individuals might, under certain conditions, be able to win a legal judgment based on the emotional harm caused by a drone. Buzzing around a home with a camera drone and recording through open windows, for example, could lead to legal problems.

Drone operators, like the operators of so many devices, are legally responsible for any damage they may cause through deliberate abuse of the device or through negligence. Some drones can climb to over 400 feet and fly at up to 100 miles per hour. A drone that crashes from that height or at near that speed can cause serious injuries and significant property damage.

If you were injured by a negligent drone operator contact us to discuss your case.

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