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Ankle injuries resulting from hazardous premises

A California resident who slips and falls while on someone else's property is at serious risk for suffering ankle injuries. Even minor ankle injuries can cause a person to suffer serious pain and experience limited mobility in the joint. Victims may have the grounds to file a claim against the owner of the property.

The importance of insurance for amusement parks

While California residents may enjoy rollercoasters because of the thrills that they provide, insurance companies are more focused on the liability risk that they create. At the Emerald Glen Park at Dublin, a 10-year-old boy suffered cuts and scrapes while after being thrown from a waterslide onto concrete. The ride had only been open for about 90 minutes when the incident occurred, and parts of the park had to be shutdown afterward.

Crypto outbreaks on the rise in swimming pools

California residents that enjoy swimming in pools may be interested in learning that outbreaks of Cryptosporidium, a parasitic infection, have been on the rise since 2014. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were twice as many outbreaks reported in 2016 as there were in 2014.

Dog attacks on postal workers near record high

A California city has the dubious distinction of being the number one place in America for postal workers to get bitten by dogs. Los Angeles had 80 dog attacks on postal workers in 2016, while the nation as a whole has seen an increase in dog attacks on postal workers in the past three years. The popularity of online shopping is believed to be a factor.

Property owners may not be liable if there is an inherent risk

If a California concertgoer suffers injuries while at a venue, the owner of the venue is usually the one that is responsible for any liability claims. However, there are specific situations where a venue owner may not be held liable, especially if the concertgoer engages in an activity that has known inherent risks.

Spring break injuries and liability

There are a number of injuries that California residents might suffer while on spring break or another vacation, and in some cases, another party might be liable in an injury. For example, if a person is a crime victim, it might also be possible to collect civil compensation. This was the case when a person was stabbed by a gang member at a sponsored event and a lawsuit was filed against Coca-Cola and a hotel. It may also be possible to sue the person who commits the crime. The property owner at other events ranging from a private house party to a large business or public entity might also be liable if people are injured while on their premises.

Study finds significant increase in trampoline injuries

Children in California and throughout the country might be at greater risk for injuries related to trampoline use since the parks have become more popular. According to a study that was published in "Pediatrics," there were 7,000 emergency room visits that resulted from trampoline accidents in 2014 compared to fewer than 600 in 2010. However, most of these accidents occurred at home rather than in parks. About one in every 11 people were admitted to the hospital following the emergency room visit.

Avoiding liability for skateboarding damages

Residents of California may not be aware that many property owners are concerned about being held responsible for any injuries that skateboarders may sustain on their grounds due to premises liability. However, posting the correct signage may absolve these individuals of an accountability.

Potential dangers at amusement parks in California

There are a variety of potential injuries that someone may suffer while at an amusement park. According to a study done by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were 2,800 to 4,300 mobile amusement ride injuries that required emergency room treatment between 1997 to 2003. Mobile amusement rides are used at mobile amusement parks, traveling carnivals and one-off events. Rides at fixed locations, such as Disneyland, are not included in this definition.

Winter safety tips for California property owners

With seasonal changes and dropping temperatures, many California business owners will have more work to do maintaining their property, not only for the safety of their visitors and tenants but to protect themselves from premises liability claims. It is a good idea for them to keep a sharp eye on weather conditions. For example, if freezing rain or snow is in the forecast for the evening, they should ensure that snow and ice are removed from walkways and parking lots and ice melt is applied to keep tenants and visitors safe from falling and injuring themselves. Immediately attending to snowy exterior surfaces can reduce the chances for these surfaces becoming icy when temperatures drop, as well.