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Pool party hosts can be held accountable for your injuries

Summer is here, and that means you may want to have a pool party or to go to a pool party in your neighborhood. There are inherent risks to swimming, but there are some steps that the pool owner can take to make sure the pool party is legally protected against lawsuits. If the owner doesn't take these precautions and you get hurt, you could be in a position to file a claim for your injuries.

The first thing the owner should do is make sure the pool water is safe and has balanced chemicals. You don't want to swim in chemicals that aren't meant to be in a pool, and even pool-safe chemicals need to be balanced to be safe for swimmers.

Are motorcycle crashes increasing in the United States?

Motorcycle crashes affect people all the time; you may have lost a loved one in a crash or be suffering the effects of a collision on your own body.

For instance, did you know that in 2014, a total of 4,586 people were killed in motorcycle accidents? That's a drop in the number of deaths by about 2.3 percent from the year before. The same year, injuries increased by around 4.5 percent.

Secondary injuries after a spinal cord: Deep Vein Thrombosis

When you suffer a spinal cord injury, there are many things you will need to worry about. Whether it's getting new medical equipment or learning to live with a disability, you're already focused heavily on your health and future. What you probably didn't consider initially was the possibility of a secondary injury.

Secondary injuries are very common for those who suffer this kind of severe injury. Spinal cord injuries can influence the way the body's circulation works, and that means you're more likely to develop blood clots. One of the most serious conditions that can result as a secondary effect is deep vein thrombosis.

Large nursing home chain faces allegations of abuse

When you decide to place a loved one into a nursing home, you probably want to choose one that you believe you can trust. That community may be one that is part of a chain, because you believe that the name of the company speaks volumes about how they treat their patients. However, despite the fact that many companies grow due to great leadership and good programs for the elderly, some still have their issues. If your loved one is hurt at a nursing home, regardless of the name or branding of the organization, you have the opportunity to seek a claim against that provider.

In Los Angeles, that situation occurred, and now the largest chain of nursing homes has been accused of wrongful deaths and abuse. According to one resident's daughter, her mother died as a result of poor care at the facility. She was 68 years old when she was admitted, and just five weeks later, the woman passed away.

What happens when your spinal cord is injured?

Recovery from a spinal cord injury varies significantly depending on the injury itself. Every year, around 250,000 to 500,000 people all around the world suffer a spinal cord injury, which means this is not just a problem faced by those in the U.S. Because of that fact, there are new technologies and therapies being developed all the time.

Presently, a severe spinal cord injury can mean that a person is left with a lifetime of permanent symptoms. Some spinal cord injuries are debilitating and result in the loss of movement or sensation below the point of injury permanently, making it hard for the person to interact the way he or she used to do.

You have rights as an injured motorcyclist

Motorcycle accidents can be catastrophic. Imagine driving down the street and getting into a head-on collision with a driver who pulls out in front of you in his or her vehicle. There's little time to stop, and now you face injuries like traumatic brain injuries or shattered bones. Sometimes, amputations are necessary because the damage caused is too severe to repair.

Leg or foot amputations are particularly common for motorcyclists, because these body parts are more likely to come into contact with the road on impact and to be run over or crushed by the motorcycle itself. The procedure to remove the limb or limbs will be done if there is a significant reason to do so. For instance, if there are severe burns on the limb, it may be safer to amputate the limb and prevent infection.

How prevalent are brain injuries in the United States?

Traumatic brain injuries can affect you in a plethora of ways; you may not even know all the symptoms you're suffering because of an injury due to the ways in which they can change and worsen or lessen over time. Usually, brain injuries do get better initially, and at least for several months following an accident, but that's not always the case.

If you suffer a penetrating head injury or a jolt to the brain that interrupts its functions, you will likely suffer a traumatic brain injury. Some people pass out from the impact, but others will be aware of what has happened and awake.

Are property owners liable for injuries on their properties?

Imagine going to a property that you were invited onto just to be injured by a hazard. Maybe you were walking down a path and slipped on a wet area or tripped over broken stones on a walkway. Whatever the reason, it's important to know that the property owner should be held liable for the injuries in most cases.

Property owners have a responsibility to those who come to their properties. Guests, and even sometimes those who trespass, have the right to be safe from unnecessary hazards. Invitees are the parties most protected by the laws of the state; those who are invited onto a property, like customers or job applicants, deserve the highest degree of care and should be kept aware of and protected from hazards.

You deserve fair compensation after your spinal cord injury

When you're in an accident, a catastrophic injury can leave you devastated. Long-term illness and injuries can impact your life in dramatic ways, and a spinal cord injury is no exception. The most common cause of this injury is direct trauma, like an impact to the back during a car crash.

Spinal cord injuries can be incomplete or complete. These injuries vary in significance, but incomplete injuries have some function remaining below the point of injury. Complete injuries are severe enough to result in a total loss of function below the point of injury.

Family settles wrongful death lawsuit with University

You may remember the story of a young football player who passed away after a series of difficult exercises at the University of California. In many cases, incidents involving young men and women can be avoided by better monitoring their activities and physical health during sporting activities. If you've been hurt or lost a loved one because of a situation like this one, remember that you do have the right to seek a claim.

An April 14 report states that the family of a University of California football player has taken a settlement for a wrongful-death lawsuit they filed against the university. The wrongful-death lawsuit was finalized for $4.75 million after months of negotiations.

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