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Personal Injury

Posted On 12/30/19

Arizona Sinkholes

A sinkhole is a dangerous natural disaster in which the surface land suddenly collapses from the dissolution of underlying rocks and subsurface. Sinkholes often appear without warning, opening a hole in the ground that may have been forming for months or years. A sinkhole can swallow up homes and vehicles, as well as cause life-changing personal injuries and deaths. Sinkholes are relatively uncommon in Arizona, but they can happen. Learning about what causes sinkholes, how to respond to injuries and who might be responsible can help a victim move forward after this disaster. How Do Sinkholes Happen? Most sinkholes start as natural ground depressions. Rainwater has no way to drain...

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Posted On 12/26/19

Car Fire Safety

Car fires can arise due to defective car parts, poor vehicle maintenance and car accidents. If your vehicle catches on fire, you and your passengers are at great risk of suffering burn and explosion injuries. You may not always be able to prevent a car fire, but you can learn how to properly respond to one. Practicing good car fire safety, such as recognizing the signs of a car fire and knowing how to react, could save your life. Prevent Car Fires From 2014 to 2016, U.S. fire departments responded to about 171,500 vehicle fires per year. These fires caused an annual average of 1,300 victim injuries, 345 fatalities and...

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Posted On 12/23/19

Christmas Fire Prevention

Fire safety might be far from your mind this holiday season, but many people’s favorite Christmas traditions pose serious fire threats. From decking the halls to trimming the tree, Christmastime comes with many activities that increase the risk of house fires, injuries and deaths. From 2013 to 2017, an average of 160 house fires per year started with Christmas trees alone. This year, keep your family safe while celebrating the season with a few general fire prevention tips. Tend to the Tree Christmas trees are a leading cause of holiday fires, property destruction and burn injuries every year. Christmas trees, especially those that have dried up, can serve as excellent...

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Posted On 11/29/19

What Is Breach of the Duty of Care?

If you bring a personal injury accident in Arizona, you will likely hear the phrase ‘breach of duty of care’. This is the basis for most personal injury accident claims. Even before you bring an injury claim, understanding breach of the duty of care could help you determine whether you have grounds for a negligence lawsuit after suffering a serious injury. Understanding what this phrase means and how it could affect your case may take help from a personal injury attorney. What Is Duty of Care? Breach of the duty of care has two parts: the breach and the duty. Duties of care refer to legal obligations. Different parties may...

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Posted On 10/22/19

New Rule Could End Sale of Inclined Sleepers

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is proposing a new rule that would effectively eliminate the sale of inclined sleepers, an infant bed that is designed to position babies to sleep on an incline of between 10 and 30 degrees. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics has long cautioned that these products make it more likely that a child’s airway will become compressed, causing them to suffocate. A study conducted for the CPSC found that babies have died in inclined sleepers despite pediatricians’ warnings over the years that the devices were not safe.  Erin Mannen, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, directed the...

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Posted On 09/27/19

Parking Lot Injuries

Parking lot accidents are common in Arizona. Distracted and negligent drivers, along with pedestrians who do not follow the rules, can get into collisions that cause serious injuries. Parking lots are especially dangerous places due to the high number of vehicles crossing paths with pedestrians. Parking lot injuries can also arise due to unsafe premises. Inadequate security, slippery surfaces and uneven sidewalks could contribute to parking lot incidents and injuries in Arizona. Common Parking Lot Injuries in Vehicle Accidents The most serious parking lot injuries stem from vehicle-pedestrian collisions. Although a low-speed car accident could cause injuries such as whiplash, serious parking lot injuries more often involve pedestrian victims. When...

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