All of the great things about summer in Los Angeles — longer days, warmer weather, and social gatherings — are the very same things that make it the most accident-prone time of year and why visits to the ER skyrocket this time of year.
The CDC reports that between almost 1/4 of all emergency room visits are due to injuries. Common summer injuries include heat-related illnesses, drowning, car/boat/bike accidents, being struck by an object, cuts, and exposure to environmental toxins. Make sure that you and your loved ones are taking the necessary safety precautions before heading outdoors this summer or now how to handle injuries caused by someone else’s negligence.
Third party liability for accidents
People, companies, and government agencies often fail to realize that many, if not most, personal injuries can – and should – be easily prevented. For example:
- Public park administrators have a duty to eliminate maintenance-related hazards (such as trash, rusty equipment, and damaged fall surfaces) thus preventing the common injuries from falls and strangulation.
- Camps have a duty to provide safety equipment, hire trained and competent employees, maintain facilities and avoid high-risk activities (such as overdoing athletic activities during the hottest part of the day).
- Pool facilities should have lifeguards, fences or gates, signs posted warning users of the risks, and designate hazards (such as drains).
- Drivers need to be more cautious and defensive in the summer when road trips get longer, distractions are higher, and more novice drivers and motorcyclists are on the road.
- Boaters need to avoid alcohol while driving, pay attention while on the water, and wear on life jackets.
- Parents need to supervise their children, childproof their home, be alert for poisonous plants and animals, provide safety equipment and teach children how to use it, and know their children’s whereabouts.
This list is non-exhaustive and your personal injury lawyer can help you determine if your injury was the result of a third party’s negligence.
Know that while there are many steps you and others can take to reduce and prevent risk to yourself and your loved ones, it is up to many professionals and operators to do their jobs. This means that if you or a loved one is injured by the negligence of others, you should reach out to a personal injury lawyer for guidance on how to make that party take responsibility for the damage you suffered and to prevent damage to others in the future. You might be able to recover financially for the injuries you suffered as a result of another person’s or company’s recklessness or carelessness.
For more information on how to file a personal injury claim, contact the skilled injury lawyers at Ghozland Law Firm for a free, no obligation consultation.