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Fourth Of July Fireworks Safety Tips

Fourth Of July Fireworks Safety TipsIndependence Day is almost upon us! Between the cookouts, the family fun, and the celebration of this great nation, the Fourth of July is the most fun holiday of the summer. However one of our time honored holiday traditions, lighting off fireworks, can be extremely dangerous if you are not careful. Here at All Injuries Law Firm we want to make sure you have a safe and fun holiday, so we put together this list of simple tips for fireworks safety this holiday.

Choose Legal Fireworks

Although it may be tempting to light off some of the fun illegal fireworks, remember these are banned for a reason. These fireworks present a safety not only to the operator but to the whole neighborhood. Plus if something goes wrong you could be in big legal trouble. So make sure that you only light off legal fireworks. In the state of Florida all exploding fireworks are illegal, though some places will still try to sell them. So check your local laws to make sure you aren’t buying... ...read full post

What To Do If You’ve Witnessed An Auto Accident

What To Do If You’ve Witnessed An Auto AccidentWitnessing an accident can be a scary experience, especially if someone has been injured. However, witnesses are crucial to ensuring that the victims of the accident are protected, so it is important to know what to do. Whether you’ve witnessed an accident as another driver or a pedestrian, here are the steps you should take:

Stay Calm

Between the suddenness, the loud noises, and the injuries, an accident can be a truly scary experience. You may want to panic, but it is very important you stay calm. In cases where people have been seriously injured, you may be the only person who can help. So if you see an accident, take deep breaths and just stay focused on what you need to do to help.

Move Out Of The Way

If you are in a vehicle or a pedestrian, you need to move out of the way of the accident so you are safe. Accidents can lead to pile ups or cause other drivers to react erratically, so you need to get out... ...read full post

Premises Liability And Assumption Of Risk At Walt Disney World

Premises Liability And Assumption of Risk At Walt Disney WorldThe recent alligator attack at Walt Disney World has left many people wondering who is at fault for this tragic event. Is Walt Disney World at fault for not adequately warning tourists about the dangers of alligators? Were the guests at fault for not heeding the warning signs? Was it no one’s fault and just a terrible accident? Who is at fault for this heartbreaking incident will be legally determined by premises liability, the assumption of risk, and may even end up with a comparative fault ruling.

Premises Liability

Premises liability is the liability a property owner holds for the reasonable safety of people legally on their property. Walt Disney World is responsible for the safety of their guests and should prevent risks by removing, resolving, or warning guests about known hazards. The “No Swimming” signs posted around their lagoons is a form of warning. However, a court could prove that Walt Disney World did not adequately warn their guests about the dangers of being in... ...read full post

What To Do When You’ve Been In A Bicycle Accident

What To Do When You’ve Been In A Bicycle AccidentSummer is a great time to ride your bicycle. Whether you are commuting to and from work or simply riding for sport, bicycling is a fun way to get around town. However, Florida has the highest rate of bicycle accidents in the country, so it’s especially important here that you are prepared in case you are ever in an accident. Here is what to do if you are involved in a bicycle accident:

Exercise Proper Safely

The best thing to a bicyclist can do is to avoid an accident in the first place by exercising proper bicycle safety. You should always wear protective gear like helmets and good shoes. Also, make sure your bicycle is properly maintained so that you don’t have an accident because of a mechanical malfunction. Then, while on the road, make sure you are always visible, ride defensively, and stay alert. If you ride safely you are much less likely to be in an accident.

Make Sure You Are Safe

The first thing you need to... ...read full post

How To Shop For Safe Toys

How To Shop For Safe ToysYou want to give your children everything, including all the toys they really want. However, even with heavy regulations and a thorough system of quality control checks, some toys can be dangerous for children. Unfortunately, there are an average of 250,000 toy related injuries every year among children under 15 in the United States. With so many toy-related accidents, it’s important that you are careful when picking toys out for your children. Here are some tips for picking out safe toys so your child is not injured.

Check For Toy Recalls

Before buying any new toys, you should check to make sure the toy has not been recalled. Recalls are a complicated process and do not always mean sellers will pull the toy from the shelves. Often times, the company will simply send consumers a replacement part. You can search for the latest toy recalls at the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website at: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/.

Avoid Choking And Suffocation Hazards

If the toy has not been recalled, then you want to check to make sure... ...read full post

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Protecting Yourself From The Most Common Motorcycle Injuries

Protecting Yourself From The Most Common Motorcycle InjuriesBetween the perfect weather and the flat, clear roads, summer is a great time to ride motorcycles in Florida. Unfortunately though, motorcycles aren’t always safe and sometimes you can get into an accident. So before riding it’s important to understand the different types of motorcycle accident injuries, so you can take extra measures to protect yourself when riding. Here are the most common types of motorcycle injuries and how you can protect against them:

Head Injuries

Head injuries are a serious injury for motorcycle riders. Head injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, concussions, and head wounds can quickly lead to a fatality. In fact, 22% of all motorcycle accidents lead to a head injury, one third of which prove to be fatal. However, helmets have been proven to be incredibly effective in reducing both head injuries and fatalities. In fact 67% of all head injuries can be avoided by wearing a helmet. So always wear a helmet when riding.

Leg And Foot Injuries

The most common motorcycle injuries are leg and... ...read full post

How To Pick A Good Nursing Home For Your Parents

How To Pick A Good Nursing Home For Your ParentsWhen our parents reach their golden years, we want to make sure that we provide them all of the love and care they provided us. However, often times we don’t have the medical expertise needed to adequately care for the health and well-being of our parents and so we will look for someone who does. A common alternative is to put our parents in a good nursing home where they will receive round the clock care. However with the high rates of elder abuse, it can be a terrifying prospect to trust the care of you beloved family members to strangers. So here are some tips on picking a good nursing home for your parents:

Consider Your Parent’s Medical Needs

Depending on the severity of their health issues, you need to find the right type of nursing home for them. If your parents have health issues but are still high functioning, you’ll want to look at household care. Household care are nursing home communities where seniors live independently... ...read full post

Establishing Liability In Carnival Ride Accidents

Establishing Liability In Carnival Ride AccidentsOne of our favorite summer activities in Florida is to go to the local carnivals. The rides, games, and food can provide a great, family-friendly time for you and your children. Unfortunately, as we’ve learned with the two serious injuries so far this year, carnival rides are not always safe. With the assumption of risk and ride disclaimers, it can be difficult to establish liability in a carnival ride accident. So you may be left wondering if you or your loved one has been injured on a carnival ride, do you have a claim?

Assumption Of Risk On Carnival Rides

Assumption of risk is when someone knowingly or willingly participates in an activity known to be dangerous. We all know carnival rides come with an array of dangers, so riding one assumes you understand the risks. So for example, if a carnival ride results in an expected injury like the carnival ride exacerbate a heart condition or another pre-existing condition, the rider bears the assumption of risk. Assumption of risk also includes... ...read full post

Are Landlords Responsible For Dog Bites?

Are Landlords Responsible For Dog Bites?If you own a dog-friendly rental property, you may be wondering if the landlord is liable when a tenant’s dog bites someone. Most of the time the owner is responsible for any liability in the case of a dog bite. However, in Florida, there are some cases where a landlord can be held legally responsible if a tenant’s dog bites someone. So when it comes to dog-friendly rental properties, it is important to understand a landlord’s liability in the case of a serious dog bite.




When A Landlord Is Not Liable For A Dog Bite

When a dog bite happens on your property it is important to understand when you are not liable for the incident. There are several instances where you may not be liable for a dog bite. The first is if you had no knowledge of the dog living on your property. If the dog was on your property without your knowledge or against the rules, you could not have known of the threat the dog posed. The second... ...read full post

Liability And Public Playground Injuries

Liability And Public Playground InjuriesWith no school and the beautiful weather, there’s no better place for children to spend their summers than on the playground. Public playgrounds are a great place for children to socialize, get exercise, and have fun. Yet sometimes, children can get hurt on the playground. So what happens if your child is injured on the playground? Who is liable for their injury? Most of the time playing on a playground comes with the assumption of risk. Meaning that everyone knows that children can get hurt if they aren’t careful. However that doesn’t mean that the local government cannot be held liable for an injury on a public playground.

Teach Your Children Playground Safety

Playground accidents are very common. Cuts, scrapes, and bruises are bound to happen. So before letting your children loose on the playground you should teach them the basics of playground safety. First they should know to always follow the playground rules, so if the signs say not to climb or jump on something, they should not. Then make sure they understand... ...read full post

Preventing Tip Over Injuries

Preventing Tip Over InjuriesFurniture tip overs are an underestimated household hazard. Unfortunately, furniture tip overs can cause serious injury or even death. Every year around 13,000 injuries a year and 150 fatalities are caused by furniture tip overs. So it is important to take some safety precautions to prevent tip overs so you can protect your family from unnecessary danger. Here are some important tips on preventing furniture tip overs:



What Are Furniture Tip Overs

Furniture tip overs are when furniture, including appliances, tip over from their weight. They can happen randomly when a piece of furniture is not properly secured and are top heavy. The furniture can then falls over. Tip overs can also happen as the result of climbing or moving furniture. Furniture is really heavy and if it falls onto a person it can cause fractures, sprains, and even suffocation. Furniture tip overs are especially dangerous for small children who can be crushed under the heavy weight.

Safety Tips For Preventing Injury From Furniture Tip Overs

The best thing to do you can do to prevent furniture tip overs is... ...read full post

A Guide To Toxic Torts

A Guide To Toxic TortsIf you have been injured or developed an illness because of exposure to toxic chemicals, you may have a claim for a toxic torts. Toxic torts are a common worker’s compensation claim. However chemical exposure can come from a variety of places, so toxic torts can also be filed as a personal injury lawsuit as well. So if you’ve been exposed to a dangerous chemical that has put your life at risk, you should seek legal help immediately.

What Is A Toxic Tort

A toxic tort is a type of personal injury claim where a claimant has been exposed to a toxic chemical. The exposure can come from a variety of sources. Common sources of toxic exposure include:

Occupational exposure
Pharmaceuticals
Toxic chemicals in consumer products
Dangerous building materials
Environmental pollution

If any of these exposures have lead to serious injury or illness they can be pursued as a toxic tort.

Occupational Toxic Torts

Many occupations require employees to work with hazardous chemicals. People working in fields like construction, medical, and even janitorial can be exposed to toxic chemicals regularly. Occupational toxic torts are usually... ...read full post

Insurance Issues You May Face After A Semi-Truck Accident

Insurance Issues You May Face After A Semi-Truck AccidentEvery year there are an average of 3,500 accidents in Florida involving semi-trucks. Since semi-trucks can weigh up to 150,000 pounds, these accidents are often debilitating. Insurance companies know how costly and dangerous these accidents can be, so they often make it extremely difficult for the victims to get fair compensation for their injuries and losses. If you are filing a claim after a trucking accident, you can run into some serious roadblocks from the insurance companies. So it is important you are prepared for these and have a strategy to get the money you are owed.

You May Be Dealing With Multiple Insurance Companies

Semi-truck insurance is complicated. The driver may have one form of insurance while the contracting company has another and the leasing company another. Then the tractor may have a completely separate policy than the trailer and the cargo. Since semi-trucks drive all over the country, you may be dealing with agents from different states and coverages that are less than Florida requires for its... ...read full post

Hosting A BBQ This Summer? Protect Your Guests And Yourself!

Hosting a BBQ This Summer?  Protect Your Guests And Yourself!Hosting a backyard BBQ is one of the best summer activities. Getting all your family and friends together to celebrate the season and eat your seasonal favorites can be a blast. However, if one of your guests gets injured on your property while you are hosting a BBQ, you might find yourself in a difficult situation. Not only do not you want to see anyone hurt, but an insurance claim against you by someone you care about can really strain a relationship. So make sure that when you host your summer BBQs that you understand your property liability and take the necessary steps to keep everyone safe.

Homeowner Liability And Your Guests

Most homeowner insurance policies cover injuries to guests. Any guest you invite to a BBQ will be considered a licensee, which means they have a right to be safe on your property. Your responsibility to a licensee is that you do everything you reasonably can to protect your guests from harm on your property.... ...read full post

IKEA Recalls: What You Need To Know

IKEA Recalls:  What You Need To KnowIn May 12, 2016 IKEA issued a recall for 80,000 safety gates after numerous reports of trip and fall injuries. This recall was followed immediately by a recall on June 28, 2016, when IKEA issued a massive recall of 29 million chests and dressers for tip over concerns. These recalls impact millions of consumers and if you’ve bought one of these products, you need to know what to do immediately to keep your family safe.

IKEA Recall For Patrull Pressure Mounted Safety Gates

IKEA issued a recall for three pressure mounted safety gates and their extension pieces within the Patrull line. These gates are used in doorways to protect children and animals from entering unsafe areas. The issues with the gate is that the pressure mounting is not enough to hold the safety gate in place and when pressed against can lead to a falling accident. There is also concern the lower metal bar is a tripping hazard. The issues was recalled after IKEA received 55 injury reports, 3 of which where... ...read full post

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The Difference Between Murder And Wrongful Death

The Difference Between Murder And Wrongful DeathWhen you are facing the death of a loved one it can be very hard to know what to do next. The trauma and grief of losing someone you love can make it difficult to understand just what the loss means for your family. Though financial compensation will never be enough to bring back your loved one, it may be a necessary avenue to secure the financial well-being of your family. If your family member has died because of the actions of another it is crucial you understand the difference between wrongful death and a homicide so that you can evaluate your legal options and make a choice for the best course of action for your family.

What Is Murder?

Murder is a criminal form of murder where the actions of one person directly lead to the death of another. Since murder is against the law, murder charges are brought against an individual by the state. Murder is determined by intent. If a person intentionally kills another person they are guilty of murder. ... ...read full post

What To Do If You’ve Been Injured At Work

What To Do If You’ve Been Injured At WorkIf you or someone you know has been injured at work, it’s important to know and protect your legal rights. Whether you were hurt due to an acute traumatic injury (for example, cutting yourself on machinery such as a saw) or a cumulative trauma injury (such as carpal-tunnel syndrome) there are a few basic things that you should do in order to get the compensation you need. Though there may be some rare exceptions to the list of things you should be compensated for due to a workplace injury, following our list will help ensure you don’t lose your right’s under your state’s worker’s compensation law.

When It Happens

When you are injured on the job, the first thing you should do is obtain first aid or any other necessary medical treatment as soon as possible. The health care provide will have to be authorized by the Worker’s Compensation Board unless it’s an emergency situation, and your employer should have information available about the authorized providers. The cost of any necessary medical procedures or services is... ...read full post