Safety Tips for Party Hosts

Posted by on Jul 29, 2017 in Social Events | 0 comments

As the host of the party, you have the biggest responsibility of them all. You have to arrange the venue, select the right foods and drinks, make the party as awesome and memorable as possible, and most of all, keep everybody safe.

Safety is one of the most overlooked factor when it comes to partying, because partygoers mainly focus on the fun. But fun and safety are not entirely opposites. In fact, partygoers can have fun and stay safe at the same time.

Be prepared for emergencies

You will never know when an accident will happen. Someone might slip and fall because of an unattended spilled drink on the floor. Someone might crash down the stairs. Someone might cut himself from breaking glasses.

As the social host, you should be responsible enough to be prepared for such things. Make sure that you have easy access to first aid kits, and mobile phones to get outside help. Also, stay sober so you can actually handle the situation.

Stay sober

Speaking of staying sober, you should seriously regulate the drinks not just for yourself, but also for everybody around. Being intoxicated has a lot of negative effects on the body. These effects may put you and your guests in danger.

For example, according to the website of the Anita Dee Yacht Charters, yachts can be customized for social events such as parties. Just imagine the obvious dangers of being in a moving water vessel while drunk. This is just an extreme example to get the point across. Even if you are just partying at home, the dangers are still there – inciting fights, promoting clumsiness, and driving while drunk.

Regulate the premises

If the party is happening in your home, you may be legally liable for accidents and injuries that occur. This is because of the legal concept known as premises liability, where a negligent property owner can be held accountable for the damages.

Make sure that your property doesn’t have hazards to begin with, so you can minimize the risk of emergencies and prevent intoxicated people from hurting themselves due to clumsiness. You can consider getting car keys at the entrance, so you can prevent drunk individuals from driving under the influence. You can let them stay the night.

If you want to make your party fun and memorable, you can begin by not having accidents and injuries, because those things are the kind of memorable that you don’t want.

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Reckless Driving

Posted by on Jun 14, 2017 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Though driving a car is supposed to be convenient, comfortable and the fastest way for you to get to your destination, it can easily become an unpleasant task due to slow-moving traffic, detours, road constructions, long traffic signals, the presence of a volume of pedestrians, parked cars, delivery trucks, city buses and taxicabs.

Losing patience because of slow-moving traffic is what often causes a number of drivers to drive and maneuver their vehicles recklessly, just to get ahead of everyone else. Reckless driving does not only happen on busy streets or main thoroughfares, but also inside parking lots. Though some states may differ as to what acts may be considered as reckless driving, all states hold the following as such:

  • Driving beyond 80 mph;
  • Driving at least 20 mph more beyond the posted speed limit;
  • Overtaking a school bus;
  • Overtaking an ambulance or an emergency vehicle;
  • Failing to use signal lights for proper traffic signals;
  • Improper maneuvering or driving above speed limit in parking areas;
  • Overtaking another vehicle in a one lane road;
  • Road-racing;
  • Passing a car where the view of oncoming traffic is obstructed, like on a curve or on the crest of a hill;
  • Running a red light or a stop sign; and,
  • Driving a vehicle that has defective parts, like faulty brakes or worn out tires.

Reckless driving is defined in U.S. laws as a display of wanton disregard for road safety and road safety rules. “Wanton disregard,” meanwhile, is described as awareness of the possible risk or harm that one can cause personally and the deliberate act of ignoring such risk or harm.

Reckless driving is a serious traffic violation because it is a threat to people’s lives and properties. It is considered a misdemeanor, but can be raised to Class A misdemeanor (which means jail sentence of up to 12 months and a $5,000 fine) or felony if it causes injuries or death (a felony is a more serious offense with a punishment of more than one year jail sentence in a state prison). In some states, reckless drivers can also have their driver’s license suspended or revoked; however, if the violation is committed in Federal territories, such as the George Washington Parkway, the Pentagon area, the Quantico area, in military bases, or in Northern Virginia Federal government facilities, then offenders will face heavier penalties.

Small factors that signal a lack of attention—such as forgetting to turn on a blinker, dangerously switching lanes, or speeding—could result in a serious collision. Although auto accidents occur frequently, the shock of being in a collision can still be devastating. These accidents can lead to substantial injury, a lengthy recovery period, and piling medical bills that threaten your health and financial security. The law firm Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC, understands that car accidents can cause victims and their families major losses. A momentary instance of carelessness from another driver could leave you with property damage, lost wages, and lasting injury. Thus, in the event of an accident, it may be in victims’ best interest to seek representation from a well-versed legal team, who may be able to fight on their behalf for just compensation.


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Road Defects and Car Accidents: Who is at Fault?

Posted by on Jun 1, 2017 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

When you think about car accidents, it is understandable when the first things that come into your mind are drunk drivers and speedsters. But do you know that road defects can also cause car accidents? Accidents that occur because of road defects are less common compared to driver negligence or recklessness, but they are just as dangerous.
According to the website of Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC, those who have been hurt because of road defects may have legal options, such as trying to get compensation from the damages they have sustained because of a third party.
But who is this third party? Who is at fault in a car accident that has been caused by a road defect? That can be two entities. First, it can be the local government. Typically, the local government is responsible for the roads in its jurisdiction. Second, it can be the construction company who has been responsible in the creation or maintenance of the road involved.
Lawsuits regarding road defects usually revolve around negligence on the part of the local government or the construction company. Below are just some of the ways this can manifest:

  • Construction Negligence
    • Inadequate drainage system
    • Use of poor materials that make roads easily breakable
    • Use of pavement with poor tire traction
  • Design Negligence
    • Complete absence or inadequacy of barriers, such as dividers and guardrails
    • Dangerously abrupt curves and turns
    • Narrow lanes
    • Narrow shoulders
    • Preventable blind spots
  • Maintenance Negligence
    • Defective street lights
    • Faded yellow and white lines
    • Incomprehensible road signs
    • Malfunctioning traffic lights
    • Uneven surfaces like potholes

It can also be argued that car accidents that are caused by road defects are more tragic compared to other reasons, such as driver negligence and recklessness. This is because, most of the time, the motorists are not doing anywhere wrong, but they still fall as victims because local governments and construction companies have been negligent, especially in terms of constructing, designing, and maintaining the roads.

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Spinal Cord Injuries

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

The Different Levels of Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries can be sustained in a lot of ways, may it be in traumatic accidents like car crashes, slip and fall accidents, or wear and tear like overexertion and weightlifting. Whatever the cause it, spinal cord injuries are devastating, as they may affect the control of our limbs and torso. In fact, these injuries are taken so seriously that even law firms specialize in them, like the Massachusetts personal injury lawyers of Crowe & Mulvey, LLP.

It is important to note that the injury is more severe the higher the part of the spinal cord that has been affected, meaning that the greatest injuries affect the top part of the spinal cord. The reason for this is that spinal cord injuries affect the body parts below the injury point, so if your upper spinal cord has sustained an injury, a big portion of your body will suffer some form of consequence.

Spinal cord injuries can be divided into levels, depending on the location of the injury point.

Cervical (C1-C8)

Cervical injuries are the most devastating spinal cord injuries because they affect the upper portion of the spinal cord, known as the C1 to C8 section. Injuries in the C1 to C4 section can cause quadriplegia, which is the partial or total loss of sensation and movement in all limbs. The victim may also suffer from problems in the torso, including breathing problems and bowel movement problems. Those who suffer this kind of injury often need assistance in day to day activities such as eating and taking a bath.

For C5 to C8 injuries, consequences are almost the same, but on a lighter level. They may be preserved sensation and movement in the hands, which may help patients in controlling wheelchairs so they are not overly dependent. Those who suffer from this kind of injury also need assistance in day to day activities, but they can manage with proper equipment.

Thoracic (T1-T12)

Thoracic injuries involve the middle section of the spinal cord. They may not be as devastating as cervical injuries, but they are in no way convenient. Injuries in the T1 to T5 level may result into paraplegia or the impairment of lower extremities. Arms and hands are usually unaffected.

Those who suffer from T6 to T12 injuries may experience normal upper body movement, but the lower part of the body may require assistance to perform its functions, like having braces to support walking.

Lumbar (L1-L5) and Sacral (S1-S5)

Injuries in the lumbar and sacral portions of the spinal cord may result in hips and legs issues, but it is fairly common for patients to be able to walk freely or with the support of braces. Bowel and bladder issues may also be experienced, but they can easily be countered by special equipment.

To be safe from spinal cord injuries, we should always be cautious of possible scenarios that may present incredible force, like traffic accidents. Getting injured by a careless and negligent party may warrant the help of legal professionals, like the Toronto spinal cord injury lawyers.

At the end of the day, prevention is always better than cure, so being extra careful in everything we do is still the way to go.

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Water Accidents

Posted by on Mar 12, 2017 in Premises Liability | 0 comments

Water Accidents

When it comes to traveling and relaxing, water is a common factor. We have cruise ships, personal watercraft, and beach resorts, all there to accommodate those who want new experiences and those who just want to relax. But sometimes, the time for new experiences and relaxation can also be the time for injuries and disasters.

Cruise Ship Excursion Accidents

Cruise ships have the responsibility to make sure that their properties are safe. If their customers sustain injuries because they fail to take on this responsibility, they may be held liable for a premises liability lawsuit.

Customers are vulnerable to different kinds of injuries in cruise ships. According to a cruise ship injury article on the website of The Vucci Law Group, P.A., the most common types of injuries involve dock accidents, tender accidents, motor vehicle accidents, defective or malfunctioning equipment, and inadequate security.

Dock accidents may occur because of unsafe docking procedures, resulting in head injuries, fractures, and drowning. Tender accidents happen primarily because of overloading and improper operation. Motor vehicle accidents, or accidents that involve land transportation during an excursion, are usually triggered by reckless and negligent behaviors of drivers.

Defective and malfunctioning equipment often occur because of poor maintenance of the cruise ship, failure to look for possible damages, and failure to repair damages, resulting in injury and even death. Security is also an important factor in traveling. Though passenger common sense is a good way to prevent accidents, passengers should still need necessary protections against theft, assault, and other dangers.

Personal Watercraft Accidents

PWC, also known as personal watercraft, are becoming more and more commonly used for recreation, particularly in beach areas such as Florida. Because it becomes more and more accessible, an increasing number of people is at risk of accidents. The issue is serious enough to warrant legal professionals who specialize in boat accidents, such as the Fort Walton Beach injury lawyers of the Bruner Law Firm.

The most common personal watercraft accidents involve jet skis and small boats. In the case of jet-skis, accidents often occur because of driver error and inexperience, dangerous maneuvers, speeding and other reckless driving behaviors, and not taking other personal watercraft operators into consideration.

Small boat accidents happen because of operators who do not follow safety procedures, boats that linger near the wakes of other personal watercraft, waves that disrupt the balance of the boat, dangerous weather conditions, and dangerous foreign objects such as rock and corals.

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There is No “Aura of Immunity” Protecting Cruise Ships from Lawsuits

Posted by on Mar 12, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

In 2011, a South African man on board the MSC Sinfonia suffered a heart attack. According to the passenger patient, the cruise ship’s medical crew gave him an injection that caused him to go into coma for six weeks. He was then placed on a stretcher and left at a port in Durban. A note attached to the stretcher said that he was diagnosed with severe chest pain and myocardial infarct. This medical crew negligence was followed by a lawsuit (against the cruise ship) filed by the South African man himself.

Legal actions naming cruise ships as defendants were usually dismissed even before trial prior to 2014. Courts, then, told patients not to demand the same level of medical care from cruise ships’ doctors and nurses as they would from medical staff on land; besides, ship doctors and nurses are beyond the direct control of cruise lines since they are private contractors and not direct employees of cruise ships.

Decades of court decisions that consistently cleared cruise liners from medical negligence/liability was what created this aura of immunity. The 1988 Barbetta v. S.S. Bermuda Star lawsuit, however, changed how courts viewed and decided cases involving medical malpractice on cruise ships. Factors that courts now consider, which also takes away cruise immunity from medical malpractice lawsuit include:

  • A cruise ship’s duty to make sure that it employs a competent and duly qualified doctor;
  • Doctors and nurses are presented as ship personnel or employees and that their wearing of the cruise ship uniform is direct proof of this;
  • Today’s cruise ships have advanced laboratories, intensive care units and technologies which will easily enable their medical personnel to link with medical experts on shore through live video conferencing; and,
  • Cruise ships take pride in their onboard medical center, making sure that this is included in their promotional materials.

In its website, the Vucci Law Group, P.A. points out the unnecessary risk of injury suffered by many cruise passengers at the hands of a ship’s medical staff. Many cruise ship medical personnel either lack training, especially for emergency situations, or are not capable of providing the standard of care that passengers are entitled to receive. Whatever the reason for the negligence committed, nothing will stop harmed passengers from filing a lawsuit and nothing will keep a cruise ship from liability.

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Bicycle Accidents

Posted by on Mar 11, 2017 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents

Bicyclists are one of the most vulnerable people on the road, mainly because they do not have the same protections of car and truck drivers who are inside vehicles that can absorb the impact of collisions. For this reason, bicycle accidents can cause serious injuries. According to a bicycle accident article on the website of Tucson personal injury lawyers, these injuries may include broken bones, head and neck injuries, heavy bruising, skin infections, spinal injuries, and even death.

That’s why it is important to know the common causes of bicycle accidents, to help prevent injuries, lives, money, and time.

Being inattentive

Sometimes bicyclists tend to be complacent because they believe that they are safe in their lanes and that potential accidents won’t be devastating due to their relatively slow pace of travel. Because of this, they don’t take riding seriously and distract themselves with smartphones and daydreaming.

Not focusing on the road can lead to slow reaction times to unexpected circumstances. It can also lead bicyclists to veer off their lanes, strike obstructions, or collide with pedestrians and other bicyclists.

Riding too fast

Bicyclists also ride too fast, and this could be because of many reasons. They may think that bicycles are easier to maneuver. They may feel that the wind in their faces and bodies are giving them adrenaline rush. They may be reckless because they don’t believe that anything bad can happen.
When bicyclists are traveling at an unsafe speed or too fast in relation to the road and weather condition, they are more vulnerable to accidents. Speed reduces reaction time windows and increases the possibility of losing control of bicycles. Speed can also greatly increase the force of the collision.

Not following traffic rules

Traffic rules are not there to restrict and suppress us. They are there to make sure that the road remains safe for everybody. Bicyclists who do not follow traffic rules are at risk of being in an accident, like those who do not yield in stop signs and lights, those who recklessly weave and cut on traffic, and those who do not use proper signals when turning.

To make sure that you are safe in bicycle travel, always wear protective gear, be mindful of your surroundings, and avoid reckless behaviors like tailgating and being too near car lanes. But if you have been injured because of the carelessness and negligence of another party, you may want to get legal help, such as LaMarca Law Group, P.C., who includes bicycle accidents in its practice areas.

But at the end of the day, you do not want injuries, lawsuits, and compensations. All you want is traveling safely with your bicycle. Avoid these common causes of bicycle accidents and you are halfway towards a bicycle accident free road.

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