Bounce House Dangers: Watch Out for Your Kids!

 

Bounce House Danger

Bounce houses of one type or another have been around for a long time. In fact, some of us first saw smaller versions of them inside restaurants designed for kids and their parents years ago. Then they became freestanding devices often rented for children’s parties – or incorporated into outdoor festivals and other family-friendly events.

Today, the bounce house industry has continued to grow. Yet now that many more bounce houses are turning up in our cities and neighborhoods, we must make sure that our kids obey certain safety guidelines – while attentive adults supervise all of the play.

Here’s a look at some of the more worrisome bounce house events of recent years, along with information about what you must look for when deciding whether a specific bounce house is safe enough for your child.

Bounce Houses and Similar Structures – Still Often Involved with Many Injuries

The year 2014 was not a good one for the bounce house industry. In fact, a March 2016 CNN report states that one bounce house back then was swept away by large gusts of wind in South Glenn Falls, New York. The two young boys playing inside were seriously injured.

Bounce Slide Danger

Later that same year, a “bouncy slide” in Littleton, Colorado wound up being blow 200 or 300 feet from where it had been set up. Fortunately, the children playing on top of that inflatable slide were not harmed.

 

Yet one of the worst bounce house events imaginable happened earlier this year over in England. During an Easter fair in Essex, England, a little seven-year-old girl died as a result of injuries sustained when the “bouncy castle” she was playing on was swept away by heavy winds. This tragedy has obviously renewed parental concerns all over the world about these type of structures.

Available Statistics Are Rather Upsetting

Concerned parents may want to visit the HealthyChildren website by the American Academy of Pediatrics. That group has tried hard to educate concerned parents about bounce house dangers. In one of its articles, it states that back between 1990 and 2010, more than 64,000 children were injured while playing in “bounce house” structures. That website also provides useful tips for parents who want to teach their children how to play safely in or around these types of structures.

Ways to Minimize Bounce House Injuries for Your Children

  • Age considerations. Many parents won’t even allow their child to play in or around one of these “houses” until s/he is at least six years old;
  • Be careful about what your child is wearing. Make sure your child never wears a pair of glasses while playing in a bounce house – assuming that s/he can still see well enough to avoid falling or bumping into others due to vision problems. Likewise, kids should never wear any shoes or jewelry while playing in these structures;
  • No food or drinks should be consumed. If these are spilled, you can be sure your child or others will soon slip or fall, possibly causing a serious injury;
  • All sharp objects must be removed from pockets in advance. Make sure your child doesn’t carry a fountain pen or any other sharp object in a pocket while playing in a bounce house. These can easily wind up injuring your child or others;
  • Only children of the same size should play together at the same time. Smaller children are at too great a risk of falling underneath the larger kids. Make sure you tell every child that no rough play will be tolerated — especially pushing and shoving;
  • All bounce houses must be deflated when not in use and being supervised. If you fail to do this – you are leaving open a dangerous temptation to kids of all ages;
  • At least one or two adults must observe all bounce house activities at all times. Parents cannot afford to stand around visiting with each other while supervising this type of activity – they must keep their eyes glued on the children’s activities at all times;
  • Never put up a bounce house if the weather looks bad or threatening. Large gusts of wind often play a role in the worst injuries children suffer while playing in or around bounce houses;
  • Be sure to hire knowledgeable workers to put up and take down your bounce house. They must know how to use the special types of ground stakes required.

While the list above is not intended to be comprehensive, it still offers parents some useful safety tips. Finally, always carefully review any rental company’s current insurance policy — and ask to see its current state inspection sticker (or paperwork) – indicating its right to provide this type of equipment to you and others.

Bounce House InjuryIf your child suffers an injury involving a bouncy house or any inflatable structure in Houston or anywhere in the state of Texas, call a board-certified personal injury specializing in personal injury to evaluate your potential claim.

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Pokemon Go: Personal Injuries & Game Addictions

 

PokemonGo Dangers

The Misunderstood Dangers of PokemonGo

Many people currently playing the smartphone free-to-play app Pokémon Go are finding it wildly addictive. In fact, media reports indicate that some are even endangering themselves and others by playing the game as they drive or walk through both rural and urban areas.

Here’s a brief look at some of the recent injuries people have incurred while playing this cell phone game, and why certain individuals are willing to risk their own lives (and those of others) just to play Pokémon Go.

Some of the goals people pursue while playing this game

Fantasy game fans enjoy Pokémon Go because it lets them chase various creatures in their own environments and capture them. Some users go to great links to “capture” or locate “Eevee” and other Pokémon characters, while also searching for game tokens or conducting gym battles. Due to the game’s inherent distractions, the state of Washington’s Department of Transportation has now issued a warning, telling all drivers to avoid searching for Pokémon characters while behind the wheels of their cars.

Recent accidents, injuries, and crimes tied to the careless use of Pokémon Go

  • Falling off a cliff while playing the game. Sadly, two young men in their early 20s managed to do this in mid-July 2016 in Encinitas, California. Both of them fell between 50 to 90 feet. The full extent of their injuries is still not known;
  • Creating a clever “lure” at a Pokestop. Eleven Missouri kids between the ages of 16 and 18 were set up in this way. Eager to locate Pokémon creatures and tokens, they wound up being robbed of all of their possessions. Always remember that even criminals know how to play this game;
  • Wandering into forbidden areas. Some Pokémon Go fans are unwittingly trespassing on both government and private property while playing the game. One of these people even discovered a dead body while she was walking alongside a creek bed;
  • Causing auto and pedestrian accidents by failing to watch the road ahead. According to the Texas Department of Transportation’s “Talk, Text, Crash” website, about thirty-eight percent (38%) of Texans now readily admit that they often talk on their phones while driving. Furthermore, an astonishing one-fifth (21.2 percent) of motorists admit that they read and send text messages while driving. When you add cell phone game apps like Pokémon Go to this volatile mix – you have a potential public safety disaster on your hands. USA Today reports that one young man in Auburn, New York recently learned this the hard way when he crashed his car into a tree while playing the game.

We all have a duty to control our addictive behaviors fully to avoid harming other people

Just as too many Americans keep drinking while driving – others are now battling addictive game behaviors as they cruise down streets and highways. We may soon see news headlines about adults playing Pokémon Go on their phones — shortly before causing crippling or fatal injuries to others.

You may have mental health problems if you’re giving in to addictive game behaviors

Just before the last Diagnostic Statistical Manual (the DSM-V) was published, the psychiatrists and other mental health professionals who drafted and edited it stopped short of including “gaming disorder” as a formal diagnosis. However, they did reference it (according to the dsm5.org website) as a condition that warrants more clinical research. Games like Pokémon Go seem to be too big a match for many people’s proper exercise of self-control.  Perhaps this type of “gaming disorder” will be included in the future DSM manuals as a mental health disorder. After all, many people claim they undergo withdrawal when they try to stop playing this type of game.

Conclusions

We all need to embrace the real world every single day – and only use our phones for playing games while carefully seated at home. No further Pokémon Go injuries should be tolerated, especially those inflicted by those carelessly driving while playing the game. It’s possible that more cities will begin ticketing those who “text while walking” like Fort Lee, New Jersey. Even greater penalties should be passed for playing cell phone games while driving.

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Road Rage: An Epidemic Affecting All of Us

 

Road Rage Dangers

Think you’re immune from the road rage epidemic?

Whether you mainly travel down familiar Houston roads and freeways or often visit other parts of the country, chances are you’ve seen a number of road rage incidents. Yet while we all tend to think only “other people” behave in this manner, a new study provides some rather surprising facts about this behavior.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety’s study released on July 14, 2016, states that about 80% of us displayed road rage toward another driver (at least once) during 2015. Apparently, most of us could really use some psychological help handling this type of stress.

Road rage takes many forms

The study indicates that two of the most extreme forms of road rage include purposefully hitting or tailgating another car while angry – or getting out of your vehicle and actually yelling at another driver. A large percentage of people just swear at others while remaining in their cars.

Of course, the very worst forms of road rage can lead to serious physical injuries or even death – especially when one driver forces another one off the road – or into oncoming traffic.

Houston sees just as many of these incidents as other cities

A rather extreme incident of road rage occurred on FM 1960 in May of this year and was captured on cell phone video. Four different people were later interviewed by the police. Two men hit each other and then one woman was hit who tried to break up the fight. One man also threw a drink at another and someone purposefully kicked the grille of the other person’s car. ABC 13 Eyewitness news has the video posted on its website.

Like so many other similar incidents, this one apparently spun quickly out of control after one party apparently misread why another driver made a specific maneuver in his car.

Most common forms of road rage behavior that we must all stop exhibiting

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Study listed all of the following immature and often dangerous activities:

  • At least half of us display road rage by tailgating other vehicles – greatly increasing the chances of an accident;
  • Almost half of all road rage perpetrators yell or honk at others when they’re offended by other drivers;
  • Close to one-third (33%) of us make rude gestures with our hands at others;
  • About one-fourth (25%) of us try to stop another vehicle from changing lanes;
  • Over 10 percent (10%) of us even purposefully prevent another vehicle from going where it’s headed – we try to “cut if off” as an act of revenge.

Certain people are a bit more likely than others to display road rage

Since about 80% of us sometimes engage in this type of behavior, we really can’t just point the finger at others. However, there are some drivers who do seem to get involved in more road rage incidents. These individuals tend to be between the ages of 19 and 39 (especially young men). In fact, males are three times more likely than women to jump out of their vehicles to confront others about supposedly wrongful driving behavior.

Simple and obvious remedies must be employed – by all of us – to stop road rage

  • Try to react calmly in response to someone else’s foolish or dangerous behavior. Keep in mind that we all make driving errors more often than we’d like to admit. Take a deep breath or two and just keep driving on your way — without stopping and escalating the situation;
  • Make a conscious effort to avoid making eye contact with the other person. Try just to forgive the other person since they may not have sought to upset you. Everyone has bad days, and you may have encountered the other person on an especially bad day when s/he was just fired, learned about a serious medical diagnosis or had a terrible argument with someone else prior to getting in their car;
  • Call 9-1-1 if you see that others have stopped and are physically hitting or threatening each other. You should make this call after driving past the incident and stopping in a safe location, clearly off the road. Try to give the police an accurate description of each vehicle and what you believe you saw;
  • Ask yourself if you have personally been cited for illegal behavior like speeding or running red lights in recent months. If you have been ticketed for such behavior – you fall into a group of drivers that tend to be more likely than others to express road rage. Consider getting some psychological help to cope more appropriately with your most troubling emotional issues;
  • Find new, less congested pathways to your destinations. Many of us just can’t handle having to battle dense traffic, especially during rush hour. Either look for less congested ways of getting to where you need to go – or consider taking some form of mass transit to and from work or various appointments.
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Texas Boating Accidents

 

Boating Swimming Dangers

Boating safety is often overlooked

No matter how long you’ve been enjoying this big state’s many lakes and rivers, as well as the warm Gulf waters, you still need to be proactive about boating safety. That reality became clear again during the recent Fourth of July weekend. As might be expected, this long holiday weekend drew more people out onto the waters than just about any other this year.

A Houston Chronicle article published on July 9, 2016, reported that there were at least 34 boating accidents that occurred during the holiday weekend. One of the saddest fatalities involved a nine-year-old child who fell out of a boat on Cedar Creek Lake. She died after being hit by the boat’s propeller. Two other boating enthusiasts suffered major injuries after their boats collided head-on on Chocolate Bayou in West Galveston Bay. One of those injured had to be flown to Houston for medical care. Other serious accidents were reported on Lake Travis in Austin and Lake Caddo.

Hit-and-run accidents also happen on the water

One of the most troubling accidents that recently occurred involved a 51-year-old woman who was swimming from a boat to a dock nearby. A ski-style boat hit the woman – then failed to stop and help after realizing a major injury had been incurred. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game wardens are investigating this event and are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in this terrible crime.

New and recurring dangers also threaten harm to today’s boaters

Due to the many heavy rains that have fallen all around Texas this year, there are a number of newly formed sandbars that can go unnoticed by less experienced boaters. Also, our waters contain considerable new flood debris, including large trees and their branches. These objects can interfere with the proper operation of some boats, particularly near shorelines. All boaters are asked to keep these less common hazards in mind.

So far, about 13 people have lost their lives this year while boating in Texas. During recent years, our average number of annual boating fatalities has run close to thirty (30). Although this figure is still too high to be acceptable, at least it’s lower than the annual average of about 50 fatalities that were occurring back between 1997 and 2007.

Which types of watercrafts are involved in the most accidents?

During this past year, approximately 40 percent of Texas’ boating fatalities involved what are called paddle craft – canoes and kayaks. During this current year, about half of the reported fatalities have involved these highly popular vessels. At present, its estimated that Texans own about 250,000 to 300,000 canoes, kayaks, and other non-motorized boats that don’t have to be registered.

Unfortunately, far too many of those using these vehicles continue to make one major mistake in judgment – they don’t regularly wear life jackets.

According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, wearing a personal flotation device (PFD) is the single most important safety precaution any boater can take. It’s even more important for those traveling the waters in small paddle craft since they often capsize.

General warnings for all Texas boaters

  • Never drink and drive a boat or paddle an individual watercraft. Your sense of balance and judgment will be impaired – especially because warmer weather will cause you to feel the alcohol quicker as your become dehydrated;
  • Obey the Texas law regarding boater education requirements for all who were born on or after September 1, 1993. Failing to do so is not only against the law, it’s likely to result in your own serious injury or death – or that of one or more of your passengers;
  • Never go out boating when you’re exhausted or in poor health. Your judgment is likely to be impaired, and you deserve to return to shore safely – like everyone else you will encounter;
  • Avoid going out for fun on the water when the weather is poor or the forecast appears threatening. Too many novice boaters in every type of craft often fail to make it back to shore when they ignore this basic safety guideline.
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Taxotere Drug Manufacturer Sued Over Patient’s Permanent Hair Loss

 

Bald Woman Taxotere

Suffering from Taxotere-induced permanent hair loss?

Like many cancer patients, Alina S. Gorniak probably knew that when her breast cancer was treated with a chemotherapy drug, she might temporarily lose her hair. However, in a case her lawyer has now filed in the U. S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, she insists that she was never warned that any hair loss problem tied to the use of Taxotere might become permanent.

Plaintiff’s Cancer Diagnosis Leading to Treatment with Taxotere

Ms. Gorniak’s pleadings indicate that she was first diagnosed with infiltrating ductal carcinoma in her left breast back in January of 2013. Shortly thereafter, she was advised to accept treatment with the potent chemotherapy drug Taxotere, marketed by Sanofi-Aventis. This drug has been on the market since it was first approved by the FDA back in 1996.

The plaintiff was treated with Taxotere between February of 2013 and June of that same year. She received a total of six treatments.

When Ms. Gorniak First Noticed Her Hair Loss Was Permanent

It was after receiving her sixth treatment with Taxotere back in 2013 that the plaintiff discovered that her hair loss would be permanent. She is one of many people to sue based on this type of claim against Sanofi-Aventis. Ms. Gorniak refers to her current, ongoing condition as a permanently disfiguring form of alopecia (hair loss).

According to information currently posted on the National Alopecia Areata Foundation website, this hair loss condition often starts out with small patches of hair being lost – until an entire area of the body (such as the head) is completely hairless.

Chief Legal Complaints Asserted by Plaintiff’s Lawyer

The following arguments, along with the other data already set forth above, are outlined in the Injury Lawyer News website.

  1. The company had prior knowledge of this problem. Gorniak’s lawsuit alleges that Sanofi-Aventis already knew (based on earlier studies) — including one conducted back in 2005 — that as many as nine percent (9%) of patients treated with Taxotere might suffer hair loss lasting a decade or longer. She also asserts that one or more practicing oncologists alerted the drug manufacturer back around 2006 to the high percentage of patients suffering permanent hair loss;
  2. False claims made concerning Taxotere’s unique effectiveness. This lawsuit also alleges that Ms. Gorniak (and perhaps other similar plaintiffs) were misled that this drug was the most effective taxane-based one available to fight certain breast cancers. The plaintiff claims that the manufacturer’s claims were exaggerated and that it was not any more effective at treating her type of cancer than other chemotherapy drugs already on the market at the time Taxotere was administered to her;
  3. Severe emotional distress has been caused by the usage of Taxotere. Gorniak alleges that her quality of life has been seriously impaired due to her permanent hair loss and that it continues to cause her debilitating emotional distress;
  4. Other general product liability claims breach of warranty – as well as the violation of specific Texas consumer protection laws.

More Published Proof that Sanofi-Aventis Knew of the Permanent Hair Loss Problem

Besides the larger studies indicating the toxic side effects of Taxotere already referenced above, at least two smaller ones had been published. One of them appeared in 2011 in the Annals of Oncology. It explicitly referenced Taxotere side effects such as permanent hair loss. The other study was published that same year in the American Journal of Dermatology – it also noted the serious risk of permanent hair loss when chemotherapy drugs containing taxanes are used.

Ms. Gorniak’s complaint regarding her breast cancer treatment places special emphasis on her ongoing emotional suffering. Since she claims that she can no longer work due to her permanent hair loss – she is seeking damages to recover for all lost future earnings. Her complaint also seeks recovery for all past and future medical expenses.

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Consumer Product Recalls: Early Summer 2016 Review

 

Product Recall Dangers

Every year, a large percentage of American consumers have one or two items in their homes or garages that are currently subject to a manufacturer recall. Unfortunately, most of us never learn this information because we fail to conduct periodic searches of the U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website. It provides a special link to all general product recalls.

Although some product manufacturers do get in touch wth consumers, most of the time this is only done by auto manufacturers.

Common recall problems you may have and not even know about it

You may currently own a computer with a power cord that overheats and poses a serious fire danger. Likewise, your children may be wearing pajamas each night that are made of fabric that fails to meet our federal flammability standards. In addition, your children may be playing with toys that have so many small removable parts that they can cause fatal choking. These are just some of the reasons that it’s wise for everyone to periodically review recall websites.

Here are some products recently recalled by the CPSC and various manufacturers.

Products that must now be replaced, fixed or discarded (some refunds may be available)

  • Tip-over dangers possible with Bernhardt dressers and nightstands. According to the CPSC website, one child dies every two weeks due to a tip-over accident involving this type of furniture. This specific recall was issued on July 12th;
  • Urban 626 is recalling some of its scooters. Although teens and adults may love to use these types of scooters, they still remain quite dangerous, especially if riders aren’t wearing helmets and other protective gear. If and when the bolt underneath this scooter’s seat cracks, a serious fall hazard can develop – posing a variety of fall injuries;
  • Pacific Cycle is recalling its Swivel Wheel Jogging Strollers. According to this company, the front wheels on these strollers can detach once they become loose, posing both crash and fall hazards. Be sure to check and see if your stroller by this maker is included. This recall was issued on July 7th;
  • Little Lotus Baby Swaddles and Sleeping Bags are now considered dangerous and are being recalled by Embrace Technologies. Parts (such as the shoulder snaps) on these items can become loose and pose a significant choking hazard. This recall was issued on July 6, 2016;
  • Ten hoverboard manufacturers are recalling their products. Many hoverboards pose serious fire and fall hazards. Companies involved include Swagway, Keenford, Razor, Overstock.com; Hype-Wireless; Digital Gadgets; Boscov, and others. Most of these recalls were issued in early July of 2016;
  • Saro Trading is recalling some of its children’s sleepwear. Too many sleepwear items made by this company have failed to pass federal government flammability standards. A recall was issued in late June of 2016;
  • On June 23, 2016, both Hewlett Packard and Compaq issued recalls on some of their computer batteries. These batteries can overheat and pose serious burn and fire hazards;
  • 3M issued a recall on June 23rd for some of its construction hard hats. Although these hats are supposed to protect the wearers from sustaining certain electrical shocks, it’s been determined that they do not actually provide this promised protection;
  • Osprey child backpack carriers under recall. According to this company, if the plastic buckle on the shoulder strap is cut, the shoulder strap can cease to function properly, possibly causing the backpack to fall unexpectedly. This recall was issued on May 26, 2016;
  • On May 19, 2016, the Scott bike manufacturer recalled many of its bicycles. If the post below the seat breaks, this can pose a serious fall hazard to riders.

While this update list is not intended to be comprehensive, it can provide you with some important warnings – and remind you to visit the CPSC website on a regular basis to better protect your family. You may also want to visit the FDA (Food & Drug Administration) and Safe Kids Worldwide websites to review their lists of various recalled products – they will probably differ from those regularly listed by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

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Cruise Ship Accidents & Injuries

 

Cruise Ship Safety Dangerous

What are the hidden dangers on a cruise ship?

Although it’s fairly common for some passengers to suffer routine slip-and-fall accidents aboard cruise ships, many other types of injuries can also occur. For example, when ships encounter significant turbulence from ocean waves, passengers can suffer cuts and bruises if onboard furniture and other objects are flung about. Likewise, food poisoning can occur, especially after a ship loses power and cannot properly refrigerate all food being served.

Occasionally, a passenger may fall overboard as one young man did back in 2015. He wasn’t found and rescued for many hours. Others may struggle with injuries following onboard crimes of assault and battery. All cruise ships passengers must remember that while they may be on a vacation, they’re still out on the high seas within a small neighborhood of people they must hope the cruise ship has properly evaluated before selling them tickets.

Here are some examples of past cruise ship accidents (noted in a 2013 Time magazine article and several online stories) that have caused serious problems and illnesses for some passengers.

Cruise ship excursions that failed to turn out well

  • In early 2016, a Royal Caribbean cruise turned around and headed back to port. Many people had boarded the Anthem of the Seas for what was supposed to be a seven-day trip from New Jersey to the Bahamas. Unfortunately, these passengers wound up wondering if they’d ever even get home alive after encountering 125-mile-per hour winds. Their trip was cut short after three harrowing days;
  • Royal Caribbean encountered another disaster back in 2013. Passengers who boarded the Grandeur of the Seas came to regret their voyage after that poor ship caught on fire;
  • Serious plumbing problems also plagued a Triumph cruise back in 2013. After this ship lost power, major plumbing issues developed, forcing nearly all on board to cope with raw sewage in highly undesirable locations;
  • In January 2012, thirty-two people lost their lives on one cruise ship excursion. While sailing off the coast of Italy, the Concordia capsized;
  • A Norwegian cruise line named Dawn met with serious problems back in 2005. Once this cruise ship was hit by a 70-foot tall wave, passengers had to do all they could to avoid flying furniture and broken glass onboard.

Harm inflicted onboard cruise ships due to various crimes

Back in 2013, one NBC news website stated that at least three cruise ship lines – the Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Lines, and Carnival – all agreed to start periodically publishing their cruise ship crime statistics online. Other cruise lines have since followed suit. This was a major step forward in light of the statistics that were once being routinely gathered and often kept private by the U. S. Coast Guard.

In addition to many robberies and thefts, too many cruise ship passengers have endured rapes and other assaults while supposedly enjoying themselves on vacation.

While it’s hard to prevent many crimes when in an unfamiliar location, including time spent on a cruise ship, every person wanting to book a room on a cruise ship should first view the standards outline by the Cruise Lines International Association’s Cruise Line Bill of Rights that’s typically posted on every cruise company’s website.

Today, you can find the quarterly crime statistics about every major cruise line on the Transportation.gov website. For example, during the first three months of 2016, Carnival Cruise Lines reported that three of its passengers were assaulted and incurred serious bodily injuries. Always be sure to do this type of research before booking a place on any cruise line – and request information about any crimes that seem to be happening far too often. Also, ask if cruises in certain parts of the world are currently experiencing higher crime rates than others.

Finally, try to always travel with a spouse or close friend and never walk long distances alone after dark on any cruise ship. If necessary, have a ship employee walk you back to your cabin if those you’re traveling with aren’t available to do this with you.

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Hoverboard Recalls & Preventing Future Injuries

 

Hoverboard Dangerous

How Dangerous Can a Hoverboard Really be?

Both young kids and adults enjoy the challenge of trying to balance themselves and move about on hoverboards. However, these motorized skateboards can pose serious injury hazards to riders and can even catch fire under certain circumstances.

During July of 2016, news agencies reported that over 500,000 hoverboards were recalled by the U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The boards made by ten separate companies are involved, including those manufactured and sold by Swagway and Keenford. Consumers who have recently purchased hoverboards should contact their manufacturers to find out if they are part of this massive recall. Failing to take this measure could cause you to suffer future serious injuries – or your children and other family members.

Common Injuries and Damages Sustained in Hoverboard Accidents

Texas doctors are now reporting an increase in the number of emergency room visits made by people injured while riding these boards. Many of them have suffered both concussions and wrist fractures after falling off the boards. Others are incurring severe knee and leg cuts and various types of abrasions.

Property damage has also become a common problem since the lithium-ion batteries that power hoverboards can catch on fire, especially while they’re being recharged.  A CBS DFW News report published on February 2, 2016, stated that a fire in a San Antonio River Walk hotel was caused by a hoverboard that caught on fire. Another similar incident occurred in a Houston-area shopping mall during recent months. These incidents usually happen while the lithium-ion battery is recharged.

More Businesses, Colleges and Public Gathering Areas May Outlaw Hoverboard Use

Some airline carriers are forbidding people to bring hoverboards onto planes, and many college campuses are advising students to leave their hoverboards at home. Given the many serious accidents now happening to hoverboard riders, we’re likely to see soon shopping malls and other public gathering places forbidding people from even bringing these boards onto their properties. The fire dangers can easily cause a building or house to be burned down.

Best Ways to Prevent Hoverboard Injuries

  • Always wear a helmet, even when riding indoors. Once you lose your balance on a hoverboard, you’re very likely to hit your head upon falling;
  • Consider wearing knee and elbow pads. While you may think you look a bit foolish, you’ll appreciate the extra padding if you land on these body parts after falling;
  • To prevent a hoverboard fire, sit close by while the board is recharging. Since the lithium-ion batteries are most likely to catch fire while the board is recharging, this is an important way to protect yourself and others from harm. Of course, you need to check immediately to see if your hoverboard is under recall – and repeat such online research every few months.

Some Hoverboard Injuries Can Land You in a Hospital ICU

Back in December of 2015, an Austin-area resident named Robert Maker sustained such serious injuries while visiting Florida that he had to be moved into a hospital’s ICU. His fall off his hoverboard caused him to sustain a whiplash injury to his head when it hit the pavement. He then began bleeding from his ear – and became unconscious. Since Mr. Maker was a very experienced hoverboard rider – many more Texans are now aware of the truly serious dangers posed by these fun — yet potentially deadly motorized skateboards.

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What Is my Personal Injury Case Worth?

 

After hiring a personal injury attorney, the first question many clients have is “what is my case worth?” The classic answer to this question is “it depends.”

Every case is different. Here, at Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law, we handle every case differently based on facts specific to how you were injured and what type of injury you sustained.

The value of a personal injury case depends on a variety of factors, which may evolve over the life of a case. Here are some considerations in evaluating the worth of a personal injury case:

  • How you were injured – Were you broadsided by a drunk driver? Did a distracted driver hit your motorcycle?
  • Type of injury – Did you break your dominant hand? Did you suffer a traumatic brain injury?
  • Prognosis for recovery – Do you have a permanent injury? Have you made a full recovery?
  • Medical expenses – How much were your medical expenses? Did your health insurance cover some of your medical expenses? Were some of your bills written off or contractually adjusted?
  • Lost wages – Did you miss time from work? What is your normal income?
  • Insurance coverage – Does the at-fault party have adequate liability insurance coverage to compensate you for your damages? If not, does the at-fault party have assets that can be recovered in satisfaction of a judgment against them? Do you have uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage?

An experienced personal injury attorney can thoroughly evaluate the facts of your case so you do not accept an unfair settlement that is below the value of your case.

If you or someone you know has been involved in an auto accident, contact a board certified personal injury attorney to evaluate your potential claim.

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What Should Victims Expect Following A Dump Truck Accident

When a dump truck causes an accident, the results are often tragic. Sedans and compact cars are no match for a huge cargo vehicle, especially when that vehicle is burdened with a heavy load. Severe injuries often result from these incidents, and victims may sustain permanent disability due to serious trauma. What is most frustrating, though, is that these crashes are usually caused by error or negligence of the driver.

Broken bones, lacerations, burns, crushing injuries, and traumatic brain or spine injuries are all common outcomes following a dump truck accident. Traumatic brain and spine injuries often produce the worst prognoses, as a victim may be rendered paraplegic or quadriplegic, or may sustain significant cognitive debilitation. Severe traumatic brain injuries can cause issues with speech, motor function, concentration, problem-solving, balance, or mood regulation. It can also cause chronic pain and nausea.

Following a crash, an injury attorney can help a victim pursue compensation for their injuries, and these claims can get quite complex. In addition to the driver, the driver’s employer will likely be named as a defendant, along with any personnel responsible for the vehicle’s upkeep, like the vehicle owner and the employer’s maintenance crews. By bringing claims against multiple defendants, an attorney will increase the chances of securing a favorable settlement for the victim and ensuring they get the compensation they need for medical costs and lost wages.

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