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It starts with Thanksgiving, then Christmas, then New Year’s Eve – the triad of big winter holiday celebrations that each year give us pretty decorations, family gatherings, gifts, parties … and a significant increase in drunk driving incidents.

Impaired driving is a problem all year round, of course, but understandably, there is an increase in DUI arrests every year during this time.  The factors are multiple:

The weather is cold and it gets dark early – this can lead to an increase in drinking.
People that may rarely drink alcohol may during the holidays due to its continual presence.
Office parties, family gatherings, most including alcohol.
Police in California use DUI checkpoints more frequently around holidays which result in more arrests.

While the increase in arrests does not necessarily correlate to an increase in injury or fatality causing DUI accidents, it is wise to use common sense and realize that there is an increased likelihood of you sharing the road with an impaired driver and there are things you can do to decrease your chances of being involved in an accident with one of them.

Recognize a suspected impaired driver.  Look for the following signs of impairment:

Wide radius turns
Driving unusually close to the shoulder or middle lane marker
Weaving within the lane
Swerving without reason or near-misses with objects or other vehicles
Driving unusually slow (i.e. more than 10 mph below speed limit)
Stopping without cause or inappropriately and/or erratic braking
Delayed response to traffic signals

If you suspect that a nearby driver is impaired:

Keep your distance from the suspect vehicle, and drive defensively.
Notify 911 or a specially designated local number to report suspected drunk drivers
Do not attempt to follow or stop the vehicle

Avoiding late night driving, especially on weekends or holidays, when possible.  Obviously, if you are planning on a festive evening out, make arrangements for a designated drive, taxi or other car service.  If you are out with a friend who has had too much to drink, take care of them and make sure they do not get behind the wheel.

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Personal Injury Attorney with the primary accident information site on the web, AutoAccident.com.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident involving a drunk or impaired driver, call me now at (916) 921-6400. If you are outside the Sacramento area, you can call us at (800) 404-5400 for free, friendly advice.

You can find out more about our office by reading either Yelp or on Avvo, the attorney rating site.

Electrical injuries are caused by high voltage electricity and can lead to death or serious injury. Small amounts of current, less than 700 ml.  can lead to fibrillation which can sometimes be helped with a defibrillator but current over 1 A, often results in severe burns or death. Personal injury attorney’s rarely deal with electric injuries as they are somewhat rare. Last year there were 3000 admissions to burn centers from electric injuries and 1000 deaths.

Commonly, children and toddlers are injured or severely burned. Home injuries can happen from malfunctioning electric products or appliances, power tools or anywhere there is contact to exposed electrical wiring.

Sometimes there is injury when a power line comes down or falls and touches an automobile as the result of an accident.

Injuries in the workplace are also common.

An attorney handling an electrical injury case might start by consulting some good books that give an overview of these injuries. I have found this book, which is helpful, though it is a bit dated. (http://www.amazon.com/Electrical-Injuries-Engineering-Medical-Aspects/dp/1930056710 ).

Electrical Injuries: Engineering, Medical and Legal Aspects, Second Edition

Engineering, Medical and Legal Aspects, Second Edition

 

There are literally thousands of injuries to various parts of the body and to bodily systems that can result.

 

The most comprehensive book discussing electrical injuries and electrocution is

 

Electrical Trauma: The Pathophysiology, Manifestations and Clinical

Management

Electrical Trauma The Pathophysiology, Manifestations and Clinical Management

 

which can be found here. ( http://www.amazon.com/Electrical-Trauma-Pathophysiology-Manifestations-Management/dp/0521383455/ref=sr_1_23?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1418192091&sr=1-23&keywords=Electrical+accident)

 

Electrical injuries and burns can be very painful and the treatment protracted and expensive. There is often a long and painful recovery.

 

In any electrical injury case, the attorney investigating should have a copy of  the

 

Electrical Safety Handbook, 4th Edition http://www.amazon.com/Electrical-Safety-Handbook-4th-Edition/dp/0071745130

Electrical Safety Handbook

 

at his side, and the attorney should immediately consult with a forensic electrical engineer to help determine the cause of the electrocution. The engineer will be of help in determining if safety rules were violated, whether the victim’s clothing was a factor in the electrocution and whether there is workplace or corporate responsibility.

The American Testing and Materials Association  is also (As of 11/14) developing an extensive manual for electrical accident investigation.

NFPA 70: National Electrical Code®  , put out by the National Fire Safety Organization is another important tool, every electrical injury attorney should be familiar with.

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Electrical and Burn injury attorney  since 1982.  Highly Rated on Yelp and AVVO.  My staff can be described as Compassionate and Experienced.

Call me at 916-921-6400 in Sacramento or 800-404-5400 Elsewhere. Or view my Website at www.AutoAccident.com.

 

 

 

golf cart

Golf cart rollover accidents are actually fairly frequent occurrences and are known to cause severe injury. Golf cart rollover accidents can result in fatality especially in cases of passenger ejection.  Fatalities are the highest among children.

A study conducted by the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System from 1990 to 2006 indicates that during that time period there were 147,696 separate incidents of injury while on a golf cart.  This study did not include fatalities from golf cart rollovers.

The amount of golf cart related injuries is not decreasing. The same study indicates that there was an increase of 132.3% of reported golf cart injuries during the 17 year period. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission states that emergency room records indicate approximately 13,000 yearly ER visits due to golf cart related accidents.

Golf cart rollovers usually occur because of the unstable nature of the golf cart.  Many rollover events occur while the driver is moving downhill and subsequently loses control of the cart.  At present, the industry typically manufactures golf carts with brakes on the rear axle wheels only.  This design, besides resulting is less braking ability, also leads to the vehicle fishtailing. The limited stopping ability is compounded by scared golf cart drivers who then start to pushing harder on the brake pedal which can cause the brakes to ‘lock-up’ or contribute the driver losing control. The design of the golf carts generally does not take into account any quick or evasive maneuvers to stabilize the vehicle.

Golf path designs that include sharp turns or steep grades may also contribute to this chain of events.   Uneven terrain on golf courses is another contributing factor.

Passengers left in a parked gold cart while on a hill also are subjects of severe golf cart rollover injuries. When a golf cart is left parked on a hill and some of the occupants exit the cart, the movement of the unloading passengers may contribute to a golf cart rollover.  The passenger left in the golf cart is often relaxing, reading or on the cell phone. Their relaxed and distracted state leads to less time to react when the cart rolls leading to injury.  Additionally, if the passenger had their feet lifted and resting on the front of the cart or the seat in front of them and then their hands are on a book or cell phone, they may not physically be in a position where they can do much to shield themselves or grab on to something when the golf cart rolls leading to them being ejected.

Golf cart rollovers tend to lead to severe injury due to the general open design of the vehicle. Additionally, lack of seatbelts, driver inattentiveness or the use of alcohol by the driver can also be a component to the rollover accident that leads to injury.

If you or a loved one is one of the many Californians injured in golf cart accidents, contact my office, the Law Offices of Edward A. Smith, for assistance or advice. We can schedule a free consultation to help answer your questions. I have been helping injured people since 1981 and I have a proven record of success. Please see what my clients have been saying about their experiences with my office on Yelp, Google or AVVO. I maintain active social media sites on Facebook and YouTube to provide free legal advice and to help potential client’s get to know me and my staff better. I can be reached via telephone at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400. I look forward to answering your questions.

 

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riding lawn mower

Stats.org is a website that collects statistics allowing one to deduce risk factors for all sorts of incidents, including lawnmower accidents.  According to their stats, the likelihood of being involved in a lawnmower accident if you are a man is 1 in 2,626 and if you are a woman 1 in 7,248.

Lawnmower accidents involve several ‘typical’ scenarios: trips, slips and falls and the running over a foot or toe.  Of the typical scenarios involving lawnmower accidents, injuries often include amputated limbs, back injuries, and ankle and shoulder injuries.  They may also include burns.

The culprit in many lawnmower accidents is the rotating blade. At times, a  person may slip while mowing (or a nearby person) and this may lead to a limb coming into contact with the rotating blade. Other injuries in lawnmower accidents may be the result of an object being thrown from the lawnmower resulting in lacerations or permanent damage to the eye of the person struck.

From time to time, lawnmower injuries include burns.  This may be from a hot surface on the mower, gasoline leakage or vapors igniting from a spark.  Some lawnmowers have propulsion systems that are inadequately shielded that may cause burns.  Faulty fuel systems also have caused gasoline leaks that result in fire.

If you are injured while another person is operating a lawnmower, severe injuries such as the loss of a limb or loss of vision from a flying object may require medical treatment that can be costly and painful.  The loss of limb or vision will forever alter ones life and  have a major impact on one’s ability to work creating a substantial wage loss claim.  Other damages that can be included in your claim besides the medical expenses and wage loss would include a claim for permanent disfigurement and the resulting emotional distress.  Your spouse may be entitled to a loss of consortium claim.

On the other hand, some lawnmower accidents are not so much the negligence of the operator as they are the result of a design defect.  At times the operator may have used a faulty safety switch that failed to turn the mower off.  Others may have defective propulsion systems which are responsible for injury.  Design defect may also be responsible for rollover injuries on riding lawnmowers.  Injuries could have been minimized on riding lawnmowers had roll bars and seat belts been installed.

Many states, including California, may apply comparative fault rules to this type of claim.  In other words, it may be determined that a percentage of guilt for the accident can be contributed to the lawnmower manufacturer but you, the user of the lawnmower, may also be assigned a percentage of guilt.  Let’s say the mediator, judge or jury decides you are 25 percent at fault for your injuries. This means the damages awarded to you by the defendant would be reduced by that amount.

Consult with an experienced personal injury attorney to handle your lawnmower accident claim.  The Law Offices of Edward A. Smith has successfully handled many types of personal injury claims, include lawnmower accidents. We would like to use our expertise to help you with your matter. We  welcome your questions and can set up an appointment for a no-cost consultation.  Please contact us at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400 for more information.

I’m Ed Smith, founder of the Law Offices of Edward A. Smith. I’d like to invite you to see what some of my verdicts and settlements have been and encourage you to check out client reviews on Facebook, Yelp and Avvo, an attorney rating site.

 

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A common news event that occurs more and more frequently is the occurrence of injury and maiming at sporting events and music concerts. Trampling deaths are also more frequent than before. We are not talking about injury from the occasional baseball that may randomly strikes someone but rather those injuries and deaths that occur as a result of negligence.

In 2014, this was bought to the forefront as the media covered multiple deaths, injuries and overdoses that occurred at the Miami, Florida Ultra Fest Concert. Un-ticketed concert goers stormed the flimsy portable fencing that had been put up around the venue for crowd control. The fence fell on a security guard resulting in severe brain hemorrhaging. The security guard was in critical condition for several days. The security guard also sustained severe maiming to one of her legs.

Other times negligence is seen by the venue owner who may be more interested in collecting rent money but not in thoroughly investigating if their venue is actually suitable for the event that is scheduled to occur there. Media reports from the 2003 infamous nightclub inferno that took the lives of 96 people in Rhode Island alleged this type of negligence.  It was reported in the media that the venue organizers were not aware that the band they hired used fireworks during their performance. The venue was not equipped with fire sprinklers and the ensuing fire resulted in so much smoke that fire exits were not visible to the concert attendees. Nearly 100 deaths resulted.
Some recent reports allege that many venue organizers, in an effort to cut their costs, hire inadequate amounts of security.

Injuries or death at music concerts and sporting events can be the result of many reasons. At times, large crowds turn into mayhem when fueled by strong emotion (often coupled with alcohol intoxication or drug use). Crowds can developed ‘herd mentality’ in response to the win and/or loss of a beloved team or in response to an unjust referee ruling. ‘Herd mentality ‘is described as a mass of people losing focus on individual accountability and move as ‘one’ like a herd. This uncontrolled movement of a crowd can result in trampling deaths.

Other injuries occur at sports events and music venues due to problems with the premises itself, i.e., locked exit doors that prevent the safe evacuation of crowds in an emergency. In the case of the 2014 Ultra fest the concert organizers allegedly failed to use fencing material that is deemed appropriate for crowd control.

If a person is injured or killed at a sporting event or music concert, it would be wise to consult with a qualified personal injury lawyer regarding your rights to recovery. It is imperative to immediately put together a timeline and retain evidence that answers important questions such as to what was the exact cause of injury, what occurred just before and after the injury, when did the injury occur, who witnessed the incident, who was the venue owner, organizer, etc. If these items are not quickly memorialized while memories are fresh and evidence is still available, it will be difficult to establish these facts later on. Evidence that is captured on camera may be lost or destroyed if not immediately obtained.

The personal injury lawyer evaluating your claim will also need to know the types of injuries sustained, what treatment has already been provided, what future treatment will be required and the prognosis of recovery.

The Law Offices of Edward A. Smith would be happy to provide a free no obligation consultation regarding this type of personal injury claim. Our California law practice was established in 1982. Since then we have successfully resolved many personal injury claims. On a yearly basis we continue to obtain multiple million dollar settlements for our clients. We can be reached via telephone (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400 or via our website.  You can see what our clients are saying about us on Facebook, Yelp or AVVO.
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It is commonly stated that more Americans have guns in their homes than dogs.  A gun in the house can be dangerous, especially in homes where children live.  Each year almost 500 children (under age 18) are killed by guns.  Many more receive severe injuries.  The best way to prevent gun-related incidents is to not keep a gun in the house, but if you make the choice to do so, always use a highly-rated gun lock or a locked gun safe and keep the gun unloaded.  Store ammunition separately.

Boys are more often the victims of unintentional shootings compared to girls.  Most of the time, the shooter is a relative (especially a brother) or a friend.  About half of the deaths occur within the victim’s home, and the rest usually at a home of a friend or relative.

Do not make the mistake of thinking your child does not know where you keep your gun, or that he or she is incapable of firing the weapon.  A three year old is strong enough to pull a gun trigger.  Do not assume that a child will know the difference between a real gun and a toy gun.  Young children are 1) insatiably curious; 2) unable to understand the long-term consequences of their actions; and 3) often lacking in impulse control.  These factors, combined with access to a gun, can result in the unthinkable.

Do not think that pellet guns, BB guns or paintball guns are safe… these air pistols cause over 20,000 injuries per year.

Before you allow your child to visit a friend or relative’s home, inquire as to whether there is a gun in the house.  If there is, it is your responsibility to make sure that those guns are locked and kept in a safe manner.  If there is a gun in the house, do not leave children unsupervised.

Responsible gun ownership can prevent these senseless tragedies.  It is our fervent wish that we never have to hear about another child losing his life in this heartbreaking manner.

 

Most dog bites cause puncture wounds, lacerations or abrasions to the skin. Because animals have bacteria in their mouth, one of the most common problems following an animal bite is an infection. Medical treatment after a dog bite of any kind, is necessary in minimizing the chance of developing severe problems from the bite.  Factors that contribute to the infection rate include the type and location of the wound, health condition of the victim bitten and the extent of the delay in treatment.

Common Types of Bite Wounds at Increased Risk of Developing an Infection

• Puncture wound.
• Hand and extremity bites.
• Full thickness bites.
• Bites requiring debridement.
• Bites in victims over 50.
• Bites causing damage to deep structures.

Most symptoms of an infection caused from a dog bite occur within 12 to 24 hours.

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Common warning signs of an infection include:

• Swelling – the area around the wound may be red and swollen.
• Temperature – warmth at the wound site.
• Pain – the wound becoming increasingly painful.
• Pus or fluid drainage – oozing from the wound site.
• Fever or chills.

Dog Bite infections can contain a mix of anaerobes and aerobes from the victim’s skin and the animals mouth. Appropriate treatment is critical. A doctor will take measures to prevent an infection, including prescribing antibiotics if needed. While rabies is not common in dogs in the U.S. your physician will also be able to give you more specific advice to your situation.

If you or your child has been bitten by a dog it is important to get medical attention immediately. Then speak with Edward Smith, an experienced California dog bite attorney. Under California’s strict liability law, you are entitled to receive compensation for your damages. For a free consultation, contact the Sacramento dog bite attorneys at the Law Offices of Edward A. Smith at 916-921-6400 or outside the area at 1-800-404-5400, www.autoaccident.com  Reviews can be found on Yelp.

Classification of Burn Injuries

Burn injuries to the skin and flesh can be caused by several things, including chemicals, heat, friction, electricity, and radiation. There are different classification systems that describe the severity of a burn, with the most familiar one describing the “degree” of the burn. This includes:

  • A “first-degree” burn that only injuries the superficial layers of the skin;
  • A “second-degree” burn that penetrates into the underlying layers of the skin;
  • A “third-degree” burn that extends all the way through the layers of the skin; and
  • A “fourth-degree” burn that produces injury to the underlying tissues such as muscle and bone.

Treatment needed for a burn injury is primarily dependent upon how severe the burn is. Superficial, first-degree burns may require no treatment at all, while more significant burns may require cooling with tap water or ice to reduce pain and minimize damage, while severe burns may require hospitalization for immediate care and wound management, and full-thickness burns may need surgical intervention, such as skin grafting. Infection is a common complication of burn injuries that penetrate beyond the outermost layer of skin, so careful wound management including cleaning and dressing the injury is important in these circumstances.

Severe burn injuries include both those that produce a high “degree” burn in a small area of the body and those that burn large portions of the body with even lower “degree” burns. Severe burns can certainly be fatal, however modern medical care has substantially reduced the mortality rate. Only about 1 patient out of 20 who are admitted to burn centers in the United States dies from their burns. However, in less developed countries that have less available or less modern medical care, this rate may be significantly higher. The “degree” of the burns and the amount of body surface affected are the main determining factors in the injured person’s long-term outcome.

Causes

The most common causes of burn injuries in the United States are fires and scalding, which together account for approximately three-quarters of these injuries, with injuries from chemicals, electricity, and hot objects accounting for most of the remainder. The home is far and away the most common place where burn injuries occur, with the workplace being the second most common location. In the United States, about half a million burn injuries per year receive medical care and cause somewhat more than 3,000 deaths annually.

Specific risk factors for burn injuries including smoking (and burns from this source have declined over time in the United States along with the decline in smoking) and climate – burns are much more common in colder climates due to sources of indoor heating. Smoking is the cause of approximately one-quarter of fatal house fires in the United States, with about the same number of fatal fires being caused by indoor heating devices. Scalding is most commonly seen in young children, with about two-thirds of all scald injuries in the United States being in children under five years of age. Scalds are most commonly first or second-degree, but can still be very dangerous when they affect a large portion of the body. In the United States, young males are also commonly seen with burns from fireworks.

Chemical burn injuries represent a relatively small percentage of burn injuries overall, but produce nearly a third of all deaths from burns. In the United States, chemical burns are most commonly from ingestion of chemicals by young children or from workplace exposures to strong acids or bases.

Electrical burns are most commonly seen in children who are injured by electrical cords and outlets, by workers who are directly working with sources of high-voltage electricity, and by people who are struck by lightning while working our recreating outdoors. About 50 people per year die in the United States from lightning strikes and the severe external and internal burns that they can produce, along with cardiac arrest.

The most common burn injury produced by radiation is sunburn, while much rarer causes involve exposure to other sources of ultraviolet radiation (e.g., tanning beds), microwave radiation, X-rays, and radioactive substances.

Care

Medical Care for Burn InjuriesThe most immediate forms of medical care for those with widespread burn injuries address the injured person’s breathing and blood circulation. In cases of burns produced by fire, it is common to see damage to the airway and lungs caused by the fire and/or associated smoke inhalation, and severe skin damage can result in extensive fluid loss, shock, and circulatory collapse. As these wounds begin to heal, a primary concern become prevention and control of infection – the skin is the body’s primary defense against infection, and loss of skin tissue makes burn victims much more susceptible to infectious organisms. Medium-term care must address complications such as respiratory failure and pneumonia (particularly where airway or lung damage has occurred), cellulitis, and systemic infections. Long-term care often must address keloid formation, scars, scar revision surgery and mental health care for the psychological impacts of burns.

Prevention

Various studies have concluded that about half of all historical burn injuries could have been prevented. Modern forms of burn prevention that have significantly decreased the number of burn injuries include home smoke alarms, improved construction materials and methods that reduce the rate of fire spread, and devices to control the temperature of water in hot water heaters. These forms of prevention also include public awareness programs such as “stop, drop and roll” to teach children an effective way to put out clothing fires and reminding adults to check smoke detector batteries twice a year to ensure detectors are working effectively (checking along with the twice annual daylight savings time changes).

But for all the prevention efforts, serious burn injuries still occur at a significant rate and result in trauma, disability, and death. Far too often, they occur because adequate prevention efforts have not taken place – missing or malfunctioning smoke detectors or hot water heater thermostats, improperly labeled or secured cleaning products and chemicals, workplace safety guidelines that are inadequate or not properly being followed.

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Burn Injury Attorney with the primary personal injury information site on the web, www.AutoAccident.com.  If you or someone you love has sustained a serious burn injury, call me now at 916-921-6400.  If you are outside the Sacramento area, you can call at 800-404-5400 for free, friendly advice.  You can find out more about our office by looking at either Yelp or on Avvo, the attorney rating site.

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It may be the sound – the deafening, horrifying crash.  Or it could be the feeling of helplessness as you see an out-of-control vehicle careening toward yours and being unable to get out of its way.  Perhaps it is the terror that assaults you during the seconds before you realize that your children in the back seat are uninjured.  Auto accidents can cause psychological wounds that can be as painful as physical injuries.  Sometimes they can impair a victim’s ability to drive, or even ride in a car for a period of time.  Often they interrupt sleep with nightmares.  Some people cannot stop ruminating over what happened or what could have happened – the frightening images replay over and over in their heads.  It is common for people who have been involved in an automobile collision to experience similar feelings, especially in the days immediately following the event.  However, if the psychological symptoms linger for weeks or months, or they interfere with the person’s regular habits, it may be a case of post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD).

Most of us have heard of PTSD with regard to war veterans or abuse survivors.  Car accident victims may downplay the emotional effects thinking that their event was not “traumatic enough” to cause PTSD.  But that is not the case. PTSD following an automobile collision may manifest itself through the following:

Chronic unease and anxiety
Difficulty or inability to drive a car, or in some cases, even ride as a passenger
Anger, worry, irritability
Insomnia and/or nightmares
Persistent, uncontrollable thoughts of the accident

Talking with family and friends and getting some exercise are ways to reduce all kinds of stress, and may help with accident-related PTSD symptoms, but if you find that the problems are continuing, increasing or just interfering with your life, it may be time to see your doctor for a referral to counseling.

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Personal Injury Attorney with the primary accident information site on the web, AutoAccident.com.

If you or someone you love has been in an automobile accident and is suffering from PTSD related to that accident, call me now at (916) 921-6400. If you are outside the Sacramento area, you can call us at (800) 404-5400 for free, friendly advice.

You can find out more about our office by looking either Yelp or on Avvo, the attorney rating site.

 

 

 

Playground Injuries

Many organizations publish yearly statistics in regards to the quantity of injuries children sustain on playgrounds, the type of injuries most commonly caused, groups at risk and risk factors. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Consumer Product Safety Commission and the National Program for Playground Safety are just some of the organizations that publish such statistics.

Learning these statistics can help educate and prevent injury. For example, did you know…..?

  • On public playgrounds, more injuries occur on climbing apparatus. Home playgrounds are a different story. Swings are the most common culprit causing injury with home playgrounds.
  • About 75.8% of injury occurs at public playgrounds versus 22.8% of injury at home playgrounds.
  • Fractures are the most commonly reported injury in children injured at a playground. Of these fractures, most of them involved an arm, wrist or elbow.
  • Approximately 40 deaths occurred at a playground between 2001-2008.
  • Not particularly surprising is that higher risk groups were smaller children. Children younger than 5 years of age make up approximately 29.1% of reported playground injury, those age 5-14 make up approximately 34.8% of playground injury and 0.6% of playground injuries are in those age 15+.
  • Medical records indicate that most of the playground injuries occur at school (45%), followed by public parks (31%), commercial day care centers (10%), apartment complex (3%), and fast food playgrounds (2%). Approximately 9% of locations could not be accounted for.

It should be of note that the location of an injury can significantly impact an injury claim. For instance, most injuries were noted to occur on either school property or a public playground. The ‘owners’ of these parks are often the city, county or state. This means that claims must be filed within six months to avoid losing one’s right for recovery.

Besides fractures, other common injuries relating to playgrounds are contusions/abrasions, lacerations, strains and sprains, and concussions.

The Law Offices of Edward A. Smith warmly invite you to contact our office for friendly no-obligation consultation if your child has been injure on a playground. You can see what our clients have been saying about us on Yelp or Avvo. Please check out our website where we have listed some of our verdicts and settlements of previous clients.   We can be reached at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400 via our website.

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