Articles Posted in Attractive Nuisances

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By  David Wolf, Attorney

Fire Rescue Graphic Blue in SquareBounce houses are common sites in neighborhoods, parks, theme parks, attractions, and amusement centers. One potential dangerous condition in or near bounce house area is concrete.  If a bounce house is placed on concrete and there are any exposed areas, a serious personal injury can result.   There is also a danger to having any entry or exit areas near concrete.   As a child is entering or exiting a bounce house, the child can easily fall or lose balance.  This, in turn, can lead to a hard impact on the concrete.  This is especially dangerous if the child’s head hits the concrete ground surface.  Because of the dangers associated with bounce houses, it is advisable that bounce houses be installed by trained professionals and that all reasonable and available safety measures are provided to prevent serious injuries to children playing in or near the bounce house area.
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By  David Wolf, Attorney

sports_1000009537-120613intIn the summer and other times of the year, there is always a risk of drowning to toddlers, children, teenagers, and yes adults.  Putting safety measures in place is not just for special events and public pools.  Safety should be a priority any time that a person (of any age) is on, in, or near the water whether it is a swimming pool, water park, wading pool, lake, river, canal, or ocean.   Even a lazy river winding itself around the confines of a luxury resort can be the site of a horrible yet preventable drowning or near drowning incident. Most drowning or near drowning incidents can be prevented with the proper planning and the proper supervision of the swim area.   Let’s talk a bit about supervision.  Here is an equation to consider:
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By  David Wolf, Attorney

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Children, especially younger ones under the age of 5, are at serious risk for injuries when walking up or down stairs OR when on or near escalators.  When a summer camp, school, or day care center is supervising children on campus OR on a field trip, it is important to provide the necessary supervision to make sure that children are kept out of harm’s way.  Many staircases are built in a manner in which a child could crawl or squeeze between the bar. As such, at any given moment, a child, who is not under the constant watch or supervision of a child care provider, could slip away and suffer from a fall that leads to serious personal injuries or even death.
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By David Wolf, Attorney

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household%20window%20fall%20injuries.jpgA common element in many homes can cause significant risk of injury to a child – the open window. Every year – over 5000 emergency room visits are reported that were necessitated when a child fell out of a window of a building. The Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio collected research and reported on the dangers of falls out of windows and resulting personal injuries to children. The danger can be easily removed by having window guards installed in the home, school, day care center, and other location frequented by children. It is also vital that adult supervision is provided in these settings. See Falls from Windows Cause Injuries to Children.

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By David Wolf, Attorney
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In Detroit, Michigan, a second grader reported to city firefighters that her friend fell into a open storm drain that had no cover on it. Firefighters sprung into action to search for the missing girl. Rescue crews lowered two firefighters into the hole to continue the search. As it turns out, the report by the second grader was a fib or a hoax. The friend who supposedly fell into the storm drain was found safe somewhere else. The manhole / storm drain cover was replaced and the area is now a bit safer. While no one was harmed, the report did utilize the services of Detroit’s firefighters who may have been needed in another emergency somewhere else. See Girl Caught in Storm Drain is a Hoax.

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By Scott A. Marks, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney

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poison%20icon.jpgAccording to authorities, seven middle school students in San Francisco, California, were taken to the hospital after they ingested rat poison, which they mistakenly took for candy. The incident occurred at Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Middle school. A student told a parent about ingesting a blue cube found atop of filing a cabinet. A teacher later contacted poison control. Although the students showed no symptoms, they were taken to the hospitals for precautionary reasons. School officials say the incident is under investigation. To read more on this story please see Middle school students taken to hospital after ingesting rat poison mistaken for candy.

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By David Wolf, Attorney

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Pool.jpgBoth spring break and summer are just around the corner, so now is a great time for parents and children to refresh their water safety skills. Planning ahead can make a day at the beach, pool or water park fun and relaxing for everyone.

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By David Wolf, Attorney

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Cleaners.jpgAccording to a British organization, the Child Accident Prevention Trust, attractively packaged capsules containing dishwashing detergent pose a serious poisoning risk for children. The capsules contain highly-concentrated detergent, which can cause serious chemical burns. According to the Trust, “hundreds” of children are being poisoned, and they attribute an 11% increase in calls about accidental poisoning to the introduction of the new tablets on the market. Toddlers have reportedly suffered chemical burns to the throat, eyes and skin after biting or playing with the tablets. The vibrant packaging and attractive design of the tablets are believed to make the poison more attractive to young children.

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By Jeremy Vishno and David Wolf, Attorney

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recreation%20snow%20tubing%20tracks%20winter.jpgIn Connecticut, a family went snow tubing at a recreational facility. In order to use the snow tubing area, the business / recreational facility required the family to sign liability waivers which purported to release the snow tubing recreational facility from liability even if there was negligence on the part of the facility. The family went snow tubing that day and a child was injured when his foot got caught between the snow tube and a man made bank. The parents sued on behalf of the child who had a number of surgeries due to the personal injuries sustained during the snow tubing outing. The trial court threw out the case and this ruling was appealed and ultimately reached the Connecticut Supreme Court. The justices on the Supreme Court reversed the trial judge’s ruling and ruled that the liability waiver was invalid and against public policy for the State of Connecticut.

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By Stephanie Brown and David Wolf, Attorney
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In Georgia, rules and regulations are in place for the set up, supervision, and maintenance of playground equipment for Georgia Day Care Centers. The purpose of these rules and regulations is to promote safe play and ongoing supervision so as to limit or prevent child injuries that often take place when children play on playground equipment. Pursuant to Chapter 290-2-2-.12 (aa) (8) & (9), Physical Environment and Equipment – Rules and Regulations for the State of Florida, day care centers need to arrange outside playground equipment so that supervision of the children is not obstructed. The Georgia legislature recognizes the importance of supervision. If equipment prevents or obstructs proper, close supervision, then the facility may not be in compliance with these Georgia rules and regulations. Climbing and swinging equipment, like ladders, monkey bars, and other equipment, shall be properly anchored and shall have a resilient surface beneath the equipment and the fall zone that is adequately maintained. In addition to the above, day care centers should make sure that swings, ladders, slides, and other playground equipment are free from litter, sharp edges, and other hazards. Playground equipment can rust and become deteriorated over time. As such, it is important for a day care center to institute and follow a maintenance and inspection program to make sure that the playground equipment is safe for continued use and free from hazards. You can read about the rules and regulations at Chapter 290-2-2.12 (aa) (8) & (9), Rules and Regulations for the State of Georgia.