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Woman contracts brain eating amoeba in water park

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.

Suit filed against Brad Pitt’s foundation

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

Baltimore takes action to reduce falls by elderly

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.

When grocery shopping turns into a slip-and-fall injury

Let’s say that you are grocery shopping, basket in hand, when you suddenly slip and fall, hitting your head—hard. Even under the store’s harsh fluorescent lights, you didn’t see the puddle of water underfoot. Now that you have been injured, you may have to pay hefty fees to receive medical care— and all because you slipped and fell while you were shopping.

Take precautions for your swimming pool

Most of the country is covered in snow, but it’s still (fairly) warm in Louisiana. That means that many Louisiana homes still have their pools open and running. Taking a quick dip, even in the winter, is a pastime that many pool owners enjoy. Most people associate pools with harmless fun, but they can also pose serious liability risks. A guest slipping and falling near your pool could lead to a major lawsuit. Not to mention accidental drowning, which is the second leading cause of injury-related deaths in young children.

Is your company boat covered by liability insurance?

If your company uses boats to conduct business, you may not be aware that you are at risk for premise liability lawsuits. Most liability policies contain specific exclusions regarding watercraft. That means that if you carry out company business on a boat, you could be doing so without the protection of insurance, leaving you vulnerable to litigation.

Think outside the building with exterior property maintenance

Owning property or running a business on a piece of property could result in your holding liability for any incidents that take place on that property. While most of the time you may have little to worry about in regard to the safety of others who visit the premises, you could find yourself in a difficult situation if a safety issue arises and a person suffers injuries. In such cases, the injured party may feel the need to take legal action against you.

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