Summertime Injuries and When to Call an Attorney

Summertime brings to mind backyard barbecues, pool parties, family vacations and fun in the sun. The slower pace of summer and the abundance of outdoor activities and more time spent outside by the pool or even on the road can need to pain and suffering – especially if you or a loved one experiences an injury as the result of someone else’s negligence. So, when should you call a Dallas personal injury or wrongful death attorney? Here are some examples of situations reported to Dallas personal injury attorneys during the summer time.

Drownings – Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in children. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 10 people per day die from accidental drowning, 20 percent of whom are children ages 14 and younger. The statistics are sadly higher for minorities than whites across all age groups, and that disparity is most pronounced in swimming pools. As we seek relief from our intense Texas summer heat, we must also be mindful of the risks to children from being around swimming pools. Homeowners with private pools on their property should check gate locks to ensure they are safe and secure from curious neighborhood children, but what about semi-private pools such as those in apartment or condo complexes? Commercial property owners and homeowners associations are responsible to keep pools safe and secure as well. In Texas, the principle of the attractive nuisance doctrine applies to both private and semi-private pools. However, if property owners have not taken appropriate measures to safeguard against accidental drowning or other dangers, you could seek a recovery from the property owner or HOA in the event of an injury or loved one’s death. Seek the advice of a qualified Dallas personal injury attorney for your claim.

Recreational Injuries – Water-related injuries aren’t limited to drowning. Both adults and children can be injured in recreational activities – from boating to playing on outdoor play equipment or visiting an amusement park. Defective products liability can come into play here as well. The law recognizes that by participating in certain activities – visiting an amusement park, going down a water slide, swimming in a wave pool or riding on an inflatable – contain inherent risk, even risk of serious injury or death by the participant. Operators are required to take reasonable measures to keep the premises safe, but if you believe your injuries were caused by overt negligence, talk to us about your case. Some operators really are negligent in their training, safety checks and monitoring of their property for potential risks which can put visitors and activity participants at risk. If an injury has resulted because of negligence on the part of an operator, reach out to a Dallas personal injury attorney for guidance.

Burns – From grilling accidents to lighting up those leftover July 4th fireworks burns can result in severe disfigurement or other painful injuries. Certain products may even be contributors to these injuries if they are deemed to be defective – fireworks, lighters, propane tanks, gas grills, etc. A qualified Dallas personal injury attorney can help you evaluate your case and determine if you should pursue a recovery because of negligence or defective products.

Premises Liability – An apartment or condo complex or an office or other commercial property owner owes a duty to residents, tenants and visitors to maintain a safe premises. A Chad West, PLLC client was injured while innocently walking her dog after dark because the apartment complex where she lived had failed to maintain proper lighting on the premises. Our client fell in a pothole and broke her ankle, allowing her to seek a recovery from the apartment management company, which knew the light was out and failed to repair it in a timely manner. Talk to us about your injury if you believe it was the result of someone else’s negligence or failure to adequately maintain a property.

A Dallas personal injury attorney can help you understand the intricacies of premises liability, defective products law and other legal situations involving negligence and liability. Got a question? Contact us today.

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