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Published On: Sat, Apr 28th, 2018

Hidden Summer Dangers That Create A Personal Injury Case

With summer right around the corner, you’ll want to take some extra safety precautions to ensure that you and your family stay safe.

“If problems do occur, you may be entitled to compensatory damages,” said James Johnson, ESQ, founder and head attorney at Johnson Attorneys Group, a personal injury law firm with offices in California and Utah.

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Toys

During the warm months, one of the biggest causes of injuries for children are outside toys. While any toy can cause an injury, the ones that are the most to blame are riding toys. Most of these types of injuries happen when a child falls from the moving toy and the injuries mostly happen to the face and head. The best way to combat these injuries is to make sure the toys aren’t recalled and always watch your child. Leaving them unattended can increase the risk so you want to watch them at all times on these types of toys.

Fireworks

Injuries from fireworks is one of the most common types of summer injuries. Fireworks are notoriously known for being dangerous and hundreds of people get injured every year. This can be anything from being burned, to losing body parts, to actually being killed.

The biggest way to prevent firework injuries is to just leave it to the professionals.

Also, keep the firework at arms length, keep water close, light one firework at a time, and don’t leave children unattended with any fireworks.

Playgrounds

Another big cause of injuries are playgrounds. Every year, several children are taken to the hospital with injuries that have occurred on playgrounds. The most common types of injuries are: sprains, breaks, bruises, and cuts. With that being said, there are a few things you can do to help ensure your child’s safety, including only using playgrounds that are over wood chips, making sure there aren’t any areas where your child’s head or other body parts can get stuck, staying away from any areas that are broken, and making sure to always watch your kids while they’re playing.

Amusement Parks

They’re a fixture of American entertainment.  Amusement Parks often compete with each other to produce impressive rides and high-speed roller coasters. In the United States, there are over 400 amusement parks and attractions, with more than 290 million visitors annually and generating roughly $12 billion in revenues. They add $57 million to our economy, according to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions.

“But if it’s a fixed-location park, they’re unregulated and do not have to adhere to any federal or states laws,” said Johnson, “and every year we hear reports of terrible accidents that resulted in fatalities or serious injury.”

NBC News reports that The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that 30,900 injuries caused by amusement park attractions were seen by hospital emergency departments in 2016 alone, and since 2010 there have been 22 fatalities.

“Each year there are reports of horrific accidents that occur at amusement parks, whether through defective rides or similar injuries, “ said Johnson, noting that not-too-long-ago people were were stranded for hours after a ride malfunctioned at Knott’s Berry Farm in California. “Luckily, there were no injuries in this instance,” he said.  

Pool Injuries & Drowning

One of the most common things that can happen during the warmer months are drownings and injuries caused by swimming, such as jumping into shallow water. While these are serious, there are some steps you can take to help prevent them. For starters, never leave children unattended by the water and make sure you have someone else with you when swimming.

Barbecues

One other situation that is huge for injuries is barbecues. The most common types of injuries during these are burns and injuries from running around and playing. The first line of defense is to make sure you are paying attention around the fire. This includes not having too much to drink and not leaving kids unattended.

Author: Merin Mathew

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