Personal injury legal terms: Discovery

Discovery is a pre-trial phase that allows both parties to obtain information from the opposing party. It enables the each side to know what evidence may be presented. It’s designed to prevent an ambush in which one side doesn’t learn of the other side’s evidence or witnesses until the trial, when there’s no time to obtain answering evidence. Common methods of discovery are: Depositions: An out-of-court statement given under oath by any person involved in … Continue reading

100 deadly days of summer: perils of teen driving

The days between Memorial Day and Labor Day mark the 100 deadliest days for a teenager to be on the road. The weather gets nicer, school lets out, they feel free to do what they want, and hit the road, heading to beaches, parks and parties. During the “100 Deadly Days” in 2012 nearly 1,000 people were killed in car accidents involving teenage drivers — just over half of those were teens. According to AAA, … Continue reading

Drowning AFTER you leave the water

It’s true. Though it’s rare, accounting for only 1-2% of drowning fatalities, it can happen hours after leaving the pool. This phenomenon is called “dry drowning,” “secondary drowning,” or as life guards call it “parking lot drowning,” and it happens when someone inhales a small amount of water from near drowning or a sudden rush of water, triggering muscles in the airway to spasm, interfering with the flow of oxygen from the lungs to the … Continue reading

Swimming pool owners and liability

Owning a swimming pool is a great responsibility. On top of ensuring that the pool is in proper working order, you also need to make sure it’s safely maintained. Pool owners, be it a homeowner, private club, or public pool, can face potential liability claims when visitors to the pool are injured.  Liability is not automatically implied, however, it depends on the owner’s relationship to the swimmer. For liability purposes, the swimmer would fall into one … Continue reading

Safe swimming at home

Commission (CPSC) reportThere’s nothing like splashing around in a pool on a hot summer day or relaxing in a spa after a hard day at work.  Tragically, however, according to a 2012 Consumer Product Safety , each year an average of 390 children under the age of fifteen drown in pools or spas. Sadly, many of these deaths are preventable. By taking a few simple steps, parents and pool owners can ensure the safety of children … Continue reading

Children left in hot cars cause 16 heatstroke deaths this year

The above are all headlines from the last couple weeks and we are bound to see more. As of July 8th, sixteen children have died of heatstroke as a result of being left in vehicles. Twelve of those are confirmed while four are pending official reports by the medical examiners. These children range from nine months to five-years-old, and come from all parts of the nation. This number is due to rise. In 2012, 34 heatstroke … Continue reading

Unmarked, unlit boat ramps can turn into death trap for drivers

A rare tragedy, but one that has disturbingly caused more than a couple deaths nationwide in the last few years, is people driving off of boat ramps. The idea seems ludicrous, but on a dark night, an unlit and unmarked boat launch can look like any other dead end street. Add to that the extenuating circumstances of inclement weather, speed, mental capacity or substance abuse and in all likelihood that late night drive turns injurious … Continue reading

Don’t become a statistic this weekend, wear your life jacket

With many of you taking to the waters this weekend, to ski, fish, or enjoy fireworks displays, we thought it would be a good idea to remind you of the importance of boating safety. Though the trend has been a decrease in boating accidents and deaths each year, they still occur, many avoidable. Last year, the Coast Guard reported 4,062 accidents, 2,620 injuries and 560 deaths related to boating.Where cause of death was known, 77% … Continue reading

Fireworks injuries on the rise, don’t let it happen to you

It’s the first of July and news sources are already reporting injuries caused by fireworks, such as the devastating damage to a ten-year-old boy’s hand after finding 14 pounds of fireworks in his home. His father has been arrested for possession of illegal fireworks and child endangerment. In another incident, a Michigan man suffered burns in an explosion while trying to make homemade fireworks. Medics, police, burn centers and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), … Continue reading

Tacoma offers tastey bites, local art and fun for all

Come one, come all to Tacoma’s waterfront!  Free admission is just the first perk you will enjoy at this year’s Taste of Tacoma.  Held at beautiful Point Defiance Park, the event displays Tacoma’s restaurants and culinary diversity in an exciting venue complete with entertainment for the whole family.  According to the event website, this community gathering will feature food from over 30 local restaurants.  There will be jazz, family entertainment, rides and a carnival, a … Continue reading