The news of a three-year-old boy who fell into a grease trap and died captured the attention of local and national news outlets. The tragic story involves a little boy running across a plastic manhole-sized lid in a grassy area adjacent to a Tim Hortons restaurant located in Rochester, New York. The lid cracked and broke under the child’s weight. Despite determining that the boy had fallen in the grease trap within a few minutes of the incident, the boy drowned.
It is a commonplace for the elderly to worry about falling, but they have good reason to worry. According to a recent story in the New York Times, the most common reason for the death of the elderly is “complications from a fall.” This translates into the death of an elderly person every 19 minutes.
Stories of passengers falling off a cruise ship seem to make the rounds every month or so. In fact, experts believe that an average of 1.5 passengers fall off the boat each month. It is a relatively small number considering the fact the cruise industry entertains about 27 million passengers annually, but critics wonder if the industry could do better.
Folks here in Louisiana know a thing or two about throwing a good party. This is of course a point of pride in the community, but businesses need to start thinking about legal issues. Providing alcohol at business events like a holiday office party can open up the owners to a range of liability issues.
The family of an Ohio woman has filed a wrongful death suit against a water park in North Carolina. It alleges that the 18-year-old woman contracted a brain-eating amoeba called Naegleria fowleri, which causes the lethal disease meningoencephalitis. This occurred when she was thrown overboard while whitewater rafting at the park. The woman died one week after returning home from the trip in 2016. According to multiple reports, Naegleria fowleri is common in lakes and other bodies of fresh water that are warm. Because it does not effect one who drinks or swallows the infected water, it is very rare that it makes anyone sick. In the case of the Ohio woman, the family alleges that the water entered her body through the nose when she was thrown overboard. The family also argues that the park, located 15 miles outside of Charlotte, did not properly chlorinate the water, failed to warn visitors of potential harm and did not moderate the temperature of the water -- the amoeba thrives in warmer fresh water.
Actor Brad Pitt has maintained a residence in New Orleans for several years. He was acutely aware of the need for new housing after Hurricane Katrina, so his Make It Right foundation stepped in and built housing in the Lower Ninth Ward. The foundation hired award-winning architects in 2007 and construction began in 2008. The goal was to build 150 aesthetically unique houses that were storm safe and solar powered. The foundation sold them for $150,000 each to residents who received resettlement financing, government grants and money from the Make It Right Foundation. 10 years later
Fun doesn’t have to be synonymous with dangerous. Certain fun equipment, though, often leads to injuries. Many items from toys to exercise equipment to old machinery can cause serious injury if they’re used incorrectly.
Parents know that children are remarkably resilient in many ways. The most common example is seeing children take a tumble, then jump right back up, and keep playing. Unfortunately, as we age, people lose that ability jump back up. By the time we turn 65, falls become the leading cause of death with tens of thousands of them happening each year.
Dogs have become an integral part of life for many Americans. They can be beloved companions who provide much-needed unconditional love. But no matter how friendly a dog seems, they still pose the risk of injury if they bite an unfortunate human.
As a homeowner, you are largely responsible for the safety of other people when they are on your property. Depending on the circumstances, if someone on your premises is injured, you may be held liable if they file a lawsuit.