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October 2016 Archives

Sporting Events Can Be Hazardous To Your Health!

Sporting Events.jpgMillions of people attend sporting events as spectators every year, whether professional, college, high school, little league or even pick-up games at a local park. Florida courts have long recognized that certain risks are inherent in sporting events, including injuries to spectators, and have often imposed limited duties on the owners of the facilities and organizers of the sporting events. These limited duties come from the relevant law in the area of "spectators hit by flying stuff" which owes a debt to baseball, where the "baseball rule" generally prohibits fans struck by batted balls or thrown bats from recovering damages against stadium owners and operators. Although there are variations on this rule, it's been followed by many courts for years, and has been extended to some of the other flying objects. And some states have even passed laws to make sure judges don't change their minds. There's another problem for those injured. Sports tickets contain-often in absurdly tiny print-disclaimers against liability. They also state that, by entering the stadium, fans assume the risk of being hit by such objects.

Motorcycle Accidents

motorcycles.jpgEarlier this month, Panama City Beach had a deadly motorcycle accident on Back Beach Road. The accident occurred at the intersection of Panama City Beach Parkway and Argonaut Street. According to a police report, a 2005 Mercury Monterey van was eastbound on Back Beach and entered into the break between medians at Argonaut Street. As the van drove into the westbound lanes, it pulled out in front of a Harley Davidson motorcycle, driven by a 53 year-old male from Opelika, Alabama. 

Car Accident: Running A Stop Sign

stop-sign-unique-perspective-20960204.jpgA Pensacola man has been charged for running a stop sign after a two-vehicle crash that involved six people and left one woman with serious injuries. According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), 20-year-old male was driving a GMC Sierra south on Pompano Street approaching a stop sign at the Kingsfield Road intersection earlier this month. Meanwhile a 32-year-old male was driving a Nissan Altima west on Kingsfield Road approaching Pompano Street. FHP says the GMC Sierra failed to stop at the stop sign and crashed into the right side of the Altima. The Sierra came to a final rest facing a southern direction in the intersection. The Altima was facing a westerly direction in the eastbound lane of Kingsfield Road. The GMC Sierra driver and a minor passenger both suffered minor injuries. The driver of the Altima and two other passengers also experienced minor injuries. However a third passenger of the Altima, a 35-year-old female suffered serious injuries and was taken to Sacred Heart Hospital.

Florida Panhandle car-pedestrian crashes now and in the future

Unfortunately, the roads in our part of Florida can be congested because of popular tourist destinations and the beautiful beaches of the Panhandle. Naturally, vacationers and locals alike are out and about in the sunny weather as pedestrians taking advantage of all our area has to offer. When motorists drive negligently or recklessly, they can tragically strike walkers and runners, causing injury, disability and even death.

Safety Alert: Is Your Car Seat Protecting Your Child Adequately?

car seat.jpgSeveral counties across the state are working to educate parents when it comes to installing a child car seat. Organizations are coming together to check car seats in parent's cars. They are also answering questions on how to install car seats. Officials with Healthy Start want to change that by informing parents about car seat safety. They are urging parents to pay close attention to their child's car seat. Taylor is the Special Programs coordinator at Healthy Start. He told Channel 7 WJHG, that parents should look for a seat that is structurally sound and installed properly so that it keeps the child in the seat in the event of a crash. Other helpful information that Taylor told Channel 7 was that many parents don't know important details about car seats like knowing that the seats have an expiration date. "Plastic is of course susceptible to the sun and it does break down," explained Taylor. "Another thing a lot of people don't understand is if the car seat's ever been in an accident its supposed to be replaced."

Truck Accidents And Faulty Braking Systems

13D1EA76F17741DB96E254EDB9DEF7C9.jpgMost deaths in large truck crashes are passenger vehicle occupants. The main problem is the vulnerability of people traveling in smaller vehicles. Trucks often weigh 20-30 times as much as passenger cars and are taller with greater ground clearance, which can result in smaller vehicles under-riding trucks in crashes.

Premises Liability Lawsuit Results In Large Verdict Against Dollar General

dollar-general2.jpgVarious news agencies reported a large verdict came in against Dollar General in Mobile, Alabama. On September 21, 2016, the Mobile jury found that Dollar General's incompetent inspection policies led to a customer's injuries, and returned a $1,725,000 million verdict against the company. The event occurred at Dollar General Store No. 7853 in Mobile on July 9, 2012 when a customer, who was 60-years-old at the time, slipped and fell in clear liquid laundry detergent that was on the floor in the chemical aisle. She suffered severe leg and shoulder fractures that resulted in eight surgeries, 395 doctor visits, and over $470,000 in medical bills. The 60-year-old female remains permanently disabled. According to al.com, it is believed to be one of the largest personal injury verdicts in the county. In addition, this is the second large injury settlement Dollar General had ruled against them in Alabama in 2016. Back in April, a Dollar General store in Lauderdale County was forced to pay $925,000 to a delivery driver from Kentucky.

Health Alert: Repeated Concussions Are Worse Than One Major Concussion

Concussion.jpgNow that everyone in our area is back in school, many are contemplating playing a sport. More than half of all students participate in sports. You hear a lot about concussions being a concern in football but coaches say all athletes need to know their risk. As far as having an injury to the head such as a concussion, there is an increased knowledge of the effects of a brain injury. A concussion is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the body, with a force transmitted to the head, causing an injury to the brain. Because kids are not fully physically developed, having thinner skulls and weaker neck muscles, they are more susceptible to concussions. Concussions have been estimated to account for 9 percent of all high school athletic injuries. However, it is estimated that 50 percent to 75 percent of concussions among high school athletes go unreported. What is most alarming in youth sports is that those 13 and younger are more likely to receive a concussion, and most of those are not reported.

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