With their increased popularity, the number of bouncy house accidents causing injuries jumped from 5,311 in 2003 to 17,377 in 2013, according to data gathered from U.S. hospital records by a Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). A Stateline analysis identified approximately 20,700 injuries in 2016.Read More
On July 1, 2018, a three-year-old girl named Ava-May Littleboy died in a bouncy castle accident in Norfolk, U.K. Located at the Bounce About play area at Gorleston Beach in Norfolk, the inflatable castle and trampoline combination suddenly exploded and sent the girl flying 30 feet in the air before she landed on the sand. A witness described hearing a loud pop just before the little girl was launched in the air.
Despite immediate aid efforts including 20 minutes of CPR the child was taken by ambulance to the hospital where she was pronounced dead. A statement by the owner of Bounce About said that the equipment exploded “because of the heat…my condolences go out to the family after this horrific accident.”Read More
Peru’s Jefferson Farfan was involved in a horrific accident during training for the World Cup; the accident left the soccer player temporarily paralyzed after suffering a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and his teammates fearing for his life. Reportedly, the player could not move his arms or legs and his eyes went white after the incident. The injury was a result of a collision with a goalkeeper in a training session leading up to the team’s final soccer game of the tournament.Read More
While sparklers are often seen as a great way for kids to share in the fireworks fun on the 4th of July, safety experts are warning parents that once lit they heat up to 2,000 degrees Farenheit and are hot enough to burn metal, bake a cake or boil water. According to the acting chairwoman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Ann Marie Buerkle, sparklers are the most common cause of firework-related injuries.Read More
On May 25, 2018 Fiat Chrysler announced that it was recalling 4.8 million vehicles because of an issue with the cruise control that could prevent drivers from turning it off when they needed to. Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) has only one incident on file related to the malfunctioning cruise control with no reported injuries.Read More
In 2017, drug overdoses became the leading cause of death among Americans under the age of 50. Public health experts estimate that 2016 drug overdose deaths exceeded 59,000; the largest year over year increase ever recorded in the United States, according to data compiled by The New York Times. The increase represents an estimated 19 percent jump over 2015 opioid prescription deaths which saw 52,404 recorded drug overdose deaths.Read More
In August, 2016 the CDC estimated that 48 million people get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die from foodborne diseases annually in the United States.
The FDA has warned that “Oysters can cause food-related illness if eaten raw, particularly in people with compromised immune systems. Food contaminated with noroviruses may look, smell, and taste normal.” The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released information that they are working with federal, state, and local officials to investigate a norovirus outbreak linked to raw oysters from British Columbia in May, 2018. The FDA has established that possibly contaminated raw oysters harvested in the south and central parts of Baynes Sound, BC, were sold to resellers in California, Illinois, Massachusetts and Washington and possibly other states.Read More
On Thursday, April 26, 2018, a 3-year-old Washington child was killed in a tragic riding mower accident. According to a tweet by the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, the young boy was “riding the lawn mower with his father” when he fell off, went under the mower and was run over. The child was pronounced dead at the scene and a news report on local TV news station KOMO, stated that authorities have ruled the boy’s death an accident.Read More
Public swimming pools are a great place to cool off, swim laps, teach your kids to swim and to splash and play. But with water comes slippery surfaces and the risk of swimming pool slip and fall accidents and injuries. While it is expected that floors will be wet at public swimming facilities, it is the responsibility of the public swimming pool owner to take reasonable steps to try and prevent slip and fall accidents.Read More
Loss of consortium is a cause of action in a personal injury claim where a plaintiff seeks damages for the deprivation of the benefits of a family relationship due to injuries caused by the negligence or wrongful act of another. Negligence or wrongful act may be in the form of assault, battery, medical malpractice, products liability, premises liability, wrongful death caused by a drunk driver, etc.Read More