Articles Posted in Attractive Nuisances

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By David Wolf, Attorney

Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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

Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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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.

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By David Wolf, Attorney

Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

1054389_swimming_pool_.jpgA near drowning incident of a 2 year old (Jessica Wheat) in an apartment complex pool in Lake Charles, Louisiana shows the importance of safety precautions and measures for swimming pools that can be accessed by children. There was a four foot fence around the pool at the Wilshire Apartments which was undergoing renovation. In fact, the pool had been closed for about 1 year. Unfortunately, someone had removed some of the fence near the locked gate. This, in turn, had given access to Jessica to get into the pool.