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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.

The danger of drowning and premises liability

There is a higher risk of drowning in the summer because lakes and swimming pools are more attractive in hotter weather. However, numerous adults and children drown each year in private and public swimming areas. In California, drowning is the primary cause of death for children 4 and younger. Swimmers may reduce their risk for drowning by learning about myths and avoiding common scenarios for drownings.

Premises liability issues for airports

Californians who fly their own airplanes should be aware of insurance coverage options for airport premises. Most businesses and individuals leasing property on airport grounds or in hangars are required to carry liability insurance that protects against negligence. Such contracts typically refer to general, public and premises liability in addition to the liability of tenants and owners. While all parties are responsible for their own actions, signed liability agreements can result in confused responsibility.

U.S. Postal Service highlights problem of dog attacks

As a promoter of National Dog Bite Prevention Week, the U.S. Postal Service wants to encourage people in California to take steps to keep their dogs from harming others. Insurance companies, children's organizations and animal lovers have joined the Postal Service in getting the message out about the prevalence and cost of animal attacks.

When a Tree Falls in Your Neighborhood

On Thursday, the desert was home to an interesting weather phenomenon known as the haboob. It was a strong gust of wind carrying with it a sand storm in the form of a large dust wall. It made for some pretty amazing photos, but it also caused some property damage.

"Nightmare Nanny" a Fan of Frivolous Lawsuits

Many have probably heard about the "Nightmare Nanny" case out of Upland, California. A couple hired a nanny from a Craigslist ad they posted. The nanny was hired and began working for room and board in the couple's home. Three months after she moved in, the nanny either just stopped working or was fired for taking sick days, depending on whose story is to be believed. Then, nanny refused to leave the home and threatened to sue for breach of contract, wrongful termination and false imprisonment. Because she had established residency in the home, it could have taken months to evict her, after she stopped working and earning her room and board.

Every Dog Has His Day

Recently, dog bites made the news again after a pit bull bit a young child in the face in Coachella. [See the news story here: http://bit.ly/1pOzOI0] The boy was treated for non-life threatening injuries, and the dog in question in the above story was "relinquished...to be humanely euthanized." At this point we don't know if the dog had a history of violent behavior, or if this was a one-time occurrence. But, it does bring up some interesting questions about liability.