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Swimming pools and the attractive nuisance doctrine

With summertime in Providence comes longer days and even hotter weather. For many homeowners in the area, a swimming pool provides the ultimate summer diversion. Yet there are a number of risks that come from owning a pool. Most pool owners will take every precaution to ensure that their immediate family members, especially their children, are well-versed in pool safety practices. This added precaution is not without reason; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 20 percent of all drowning victims are under the age of 14. However, outside of their own kids, how much thought to homeowners give to the danger that their pools pose to other children?

The prevailing thought among many peoples is that they are not at fault for injuries that others incur while trespassing on their properties. However, that is not always the case. The attractive nuisance doctrine could potentially hold them liable in certain scenarios. This legal philosophy, as shared by the Cornell University Law School, states that land and homeowners have a responsibility to eliminate the unique risks that their properties pose if they may be attractive to children. The underlying idea behind this principle is that children are often unable to appreciate the risk that potentially dangerous property conditions may pose. The risks inherent with pools may certainly be classified as such conditions.

What can pedestrians do to increase safety?

From a back injury to head trauma, broken bones and death, pedestrians who are hit by vehicles often face a number of serious consequences. If you are a pedestrian in Providence, Rhode Island, or anywhere else in America, it is important to understand what steps can be taken to increase safety when you take to the road. While some accidents can't be prevented, such as those involving drunk drivers who recklessly get behind the wheel, there are a number of strategies pedestrians should take advantage of to reduce the likelihood of being injured or killed in a pedestrian accident.

On their site, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides a variety of suggestions for pedestrians who want to increase safety. The CDC reports that an average of roughly 445 people will need emergency treatment in the next 24 hours because of a pedestrian accident. Furthermore, one person is killed in a pedestrian accident every two hours, on average. The next time you are walking, it is important to remember to use crosswalks whenever you cross the street, if possible. If you walk at night, retro-active clothing can make you more visible and the use of a flashlight can allow you to see better. Also, you should try to use sidewalks when you can. If there are no sidewalks, walking on the road's shoulder while facing traffic can help reduce the likelihood of a pedestrian accident.

Reaching out to pedestrian accident victims

With drunk drivers, distracted drivers and downright careless drivers, pedestrians face a number of threats while they are walking. Unfortunately, when drivers exhibit these types of reckless behavior, an accident may occur which could result in serious injuries or even claim the life of a pedestrian. In Providence, Rhode Island, pedestrians whose world has been flipped upside down because of an accident should make sure their voices are heard. For some, this may involve going to court and at Kirshenbaum & Kirshenbaum, we work hard to help clients who are trying to recover from pedestrian accidents.

After a pedestrian accident, victims and their families may be unsure of what should be done next. If you were recently injured while walking or lost a loved one in a fatal pedestrian accident that was caused by the negligence of another, you need to act right away. Additionally, you should understand the importance of having your case evaluated on an individual basis. After all, the details surrounding these accidents can vary considerably and sometimes have a significant impact on the outcome of the case (such as a hit-and-run, for example).

Fighting for the rights of car accident victims

If you were recently involved in a car accident, you may be facing all sorts of challenges, from physical pain and emotional trauma to financial problems. To make matters worse, insurance companies do not always help and car accident victims may find themselves in court fighting for their rights and the compensation they deserve. In Providence, Rhode Island, people who are recovering from a car accident that was caused by a reckless driver should be sure to take the right approach. At Kirshenbaum & Kirshenbaum, we help car accident victims prepare for court and try to move forward from the wreck.

There are many factors that can contribute to car accidents, such as a drunk driver or someone texting and driving. However, it is crucial for every negligent driver who has turned someone's world upside down to be held accountable. These tragic accidents take place at a surprising rate and too many people continue to exhibit dangerous behavior on the roads, putting the lives of innocent people at risk. From medical expenses to injuries that make it impossible for someone to work, car collisions can create many problems and victims' needs cannot be overlooked.

Pedestrian passes away after being struck by vehicle

While any type of traffic accident can be perilous, the roads can be particularly dangerous for pedestrians. In Providence, Rhode Island, and across the United States, pedestrians who are hit by vehicles may experience a number of hardships, from broken bones and brain damage to mental trauma. Additionally, when someone is involved in a pedestrian accident, they may experience financial hardships such as medical expenses and lost wages due to injuries that prevent them from working.

According to law enforcement, a male pedestrian was walking on I-291 in Massachusetts at roughly 10 p.m. when he was hit by a mini-van. The accident, which took place in Springfield, claimed the pedestrian's life. The man was declared dead at the accident scene and his name has not been released at this time.

Understanding the presence of nursing home neglect

Each day, nursing home residents throughout the country are neglected and abused. Unfortunately, nursing home neglect occurs too often and it is important for those who are preparing to place a loved one in a nursing home to understand the prevalence of this devastating problem. From medication errors to malnutrition or dehydration, nursing home residents are subjected to many types of neglect on a daily basis. In Providence, Rhode Island, and across the United States, nursing home residents deserve proper treatment from nursing home staff and a reasonable standard of care.

Information published on the National Center for Biotechnology Information's website outlines various forms of abuse and neglect. For example, residents may suffer from nursing home neglect when they do not receive dental care, frequent bathing and wound treatment. Other examples of neglect include a facility's failure to keep patients hydrated, turn call lights off when asked and failing to offer activities to bedridden residents.

Understanding the prevalence of car accidents

When someone is involved in a car accident, it may take years for them to recover from a serious injury such as a broken bone or brain injury. Furthermore, far too many car accident victims lose their lives and leave their loved ones with a variety of hardships, such as incredible emotional pain and financial problems. Car collisions are a major problem in Providence, Rhode Island, and throughout the nation. As a result, it is essential for drivers to focus on the importance of safe driving and for victims of car accidents to remain committed to recovery.

According to information published by the United States Census Bureau, there were 10.8 million auto accidents across the country in 2009. Additionally, more than 35,000 people passed away within one year after they were involved in a car accident in the same year. In Rhode Island, the CDC reports that 83 people passed away in 2009 within a month of their involvement in a car crash.

Nursing facility cited after patient dies

From bedsores to a medication error or instances of elder abuse, nursing home patients sometimes face a variety of hardships, some of which can be life-threatening. For victims of nursing home negligence in Providence, Rhode Island, figuring out how to address the situation may seem difficult to some. However, it is imperative for people who have been neglected in a nursing home to hold those who are responsible for failing to provide a reasonable standard of care accountable.

A nursing facility in Minnesota was recently cited after a patient fell out of their wheelchair and passed away. According to a special investigator for the Minnesota Department of Health, the patient had previously fallen out of their wheelchair seven times over the course of four months before the fatal accident occurred. The investigator believes that the nursing home failed to re-evaluate the patient's risk and notice their dangerous pattern of falling.

Protecting the rights of car accident victims

Even with awareness campaigns on the dangers of drunk driving, drowsy driving and the use of a cell phone while behind the wheel, car accidents continue to take place at an alarming rate. Sadly, these accidents can claim lives, cause serious injuries and a wide variety of hardships for those involved (along with their loved ones). At Kirshenbaum & Kirshenbaum, our law firm takes all types of car accidents seriously and we work hard to fight for the rights of auto accident victims in Providence, Rhode Island. We understand how painful these crashes can be (both physically and mentally) and we remain committed to helping our clients receive the benefits they deserve.

From a head-on collision to a rollover that was caused by a drunk driver, every car crash is different and requires a unique approach for those who decide to take legal action. If you have had your life turned upside down because of a car accident, it is important to ensure that all the details of the accident are closely reviewed. While some people may not feel like heading to court after a car collision, those who have suffered because of another's negligence should make sure they understand their rights and figure out the most beneficial course of action. In addition to holding a negligent driver accountable for their actions, car accident victims may also be able to secure the compensation they need to recover.

Examining the frequency of pedestrian accidents

When pedestrians take to the road, they may face a number of threats, such as drunk drivers, hit-and-run accidents and distracted drivers, to name a few. Unfortunately, in Providence, Rhode Island, and across the country, pedestrian accidents can result in a wide variety of problems for victims, including serious injuries, death, brain damage, a neck injury and mental trauma. Furthermore, families who lose a loved one may have no idea of what to do next. As a result, it is crucial for people who are facing these hardships to explore every option and remain committed to moving forward.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4,743 pedestrians died in a pedestrian accident in 2012. Furthermore, the CDC reports that 76,000 pedestrians suffered injuries in traffic accidents across the country in 2012. At this rate, an average of one pedestrian loses their life every two hours and pedestrians are injured in accidents every seven minutes. Sadly, pedestrians face a significantly greater risk of death than those who are riding in passenger vehicles during every trip.

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