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Halloween dog bite injuries and how to stay safe

The topic of dog bite injuries is important to me for two reasons. First, because as an injury attorney I have seen the pain and suffering caused from this type of injury. Second, because I am a dog owner, so I understand that your dog is part of your family and it can be difficult to imagine him attacking someone. Halloween creates a unique situation that can increase the chances of an animal attack. I hope these tips for both trick-or-treaters and pet owners can help lower the risk of an injury occurring. In this post I’m focusing on theContinue Reading

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Drone related injuries are becoming more common

In 2015 a drone accidentally crash landed on the White House lawn as a drunken operator lost control of the unit. Drone injuries these days are becoming more common, here are some of the more noted accidents which occurred in 2016/17: A small drone crashed outside a hospital building at the Northern Westchester Hospital Center in Mt. Kisco, NY, almost striking an employee. A small drone flew around Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres, and crashed into an empty seat in the upper deck. A small drone shooting video of a wedding crashed into two guests in Windham,Continue Reading

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An injury at a Black Friday sale may entitle you to more than a discount

The holiday season is a wonderful time to break the routine of our daily lives and enjoy time with our families. With Thanksgiving behind us, we are now looking forward to Christmas and the New Year. Tradition has it that Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, marks the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. It is known as the busiest shopping day of the year and brings in around $50 billion of sales for stores. Black Friday dangers Retailers offer huge discounts and people get very excited about picking up a bargain. Sometimes this excitement can turn into a frenzy,Continue Reading

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​Driveway accidents involving children: who is liable?

We are all used to parking our car in the driveway, and we tend to think of it as a safe place. However recent studies have shown that driveways, particularly for small children, can be very dangerous places. A shocking 50 children per week in America are injured after being hit or run over by a car that is backing out of a driveway. According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 42% of non-traffic related child deaths are due to back-over accidents. And what is more alarming is that the majority of children are injured by aContinue Reading

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Swimming Pool Safety

Pool Safety Video

Summer is here and that means open swimming pools. This video from poolsafely.gov offers some reminders about how to keep everyone safe around the swimming pool. The best thing for everyone is to avoid accidents and injuries. Unfortunately, sometimes fatal drownings and pool related injuries do occur. For more information about the law relating to swimming pool accidents, visit our recent blog post. For this and other educational videos and resources, visit poolsafety.gov.

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Swimming Pool Safety and Liability

Swimming pool safety and liability

Summer in Putnam County is here and that means many of us will be enjoying our own swimming pools or visiting friends and family for a swim on a hot day. I want to help make sure your excitement and fun last all summer, so I’m going to give you something to think about when it comes to swimming pool safety. According to the CDC From 2005-2014, there were an average of 3,536 fatal unintentional drownings (non-boating related) annually in the United States — about ten deaths per day. An additional 332 people died each year from drowning in boating-relatedContinue Reading

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Who is responsible if you were injured by a fall on an icy walkway?

As we settle into the long winter ahead, we prepare for an increase in the numbers of injuries related to falls due to snow and ice.  There is a common misconception that a property owner is automatically responsible for any injury that occurs on his property.  In New York State, the law is very specific regarding the obligations of property owners to provide safe conditions.

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Avoiding injury for a safe and fun Halloween

Halloween is an exciting time for both children and adults. Unfortunately, statistics show that children have been hurt in accidents at a significantly higher rate on Halloween than on an average day and that many of these accidents could have been avoided. Now that you’ve chosen your costume and the big day is here, we want to share a few safety tips that can help keep you and your children safe.

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What you should know about liability waivers for your children

As parents we are often asked to sign waivers that will allow our children to participate in school athletic programs, swimming lessons, rock climbing birthday parties and a myriad of other recreational activities. The inherent nature of the waiver is to absolve the service provider of any and all liability in the event of a mishap on behalf of the participant. On the surface, it seems that by signing the waiver, you are accepting responsibility for all associated risks and voluntarily relinquishing your right to sue. What you may not know, is that although liability waivers are typically viewed asContinue Reading

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