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Death of Whitewater Rafter Highlights Amusement Park Risks

Whitewater raft ride

The death of an 18-year old visitor to the U.S National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, has drawn renewed attention to the safety of amusement parks and other attractions throughout the United States during this busy summer season. Officials reported that the young woman from Westerville, Ohio died of an infection caused by a… Read more »

Five Overlooked Hazards that Present Summer Safety Risks

little girl in a float in a swimming pool

School is finally out and the summer is on its way. Along with the graduation parties, barbecues, and summer recreation, the sunny season brings a rise in injuries. Sources ranging from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to hospital emergency rooms confirm that accidental injuries swiftly increase during the summer months, and many of those… Read more »

When the Unthinkable Happens: Liability in Swimming Pool Accidents

beautiful woman catches little girl jumping in pool against sea

Drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death in children between the ages of one and four, according to the CDC. Swimming pools cause the greatest risk of submersion injury for children in this age group. When the unthinkable happens and a child is the victim of a swimming pool accident, who is liable? Whether the… Read more »

Lowe’s Loses Slip and Fall Lawsuit, Ordered to Pay $16 Million

medical malpractice lawyer speaking to jury

In mid-April, a Nevada jury awarded a Lowe’s customer more than $16 million for a permanent head injury suffered at the store. Her lawyers hope that the decision will sway the hardware chain to reevaluate its safety practices. In 2013, Kelly Hendrickson, 42, slipped and fell in the water and garden department while browsing for a palm… Read more »

Wintry Weather Increases Risk for Slip & Fall Accidents

shoveling snow

Maine residents are no strangers to snowy, icy, and otherwise inclement weather conditions. During the winter, the focus is often on the roadways. However, sidewalks and other walking areas can give rise to serious injuries if they are not properly maintained by property owners. In Maine, property owners, lessees, and all other individuals who have control… Read more »

Mechanical Failure Caused Sugarloaf Ski Lift Accident Injuring 7

Young Couple on the Chair Lift

According to a newly-issued report by the Maine Board of Elevator and Tramway Safety, a chain of mechanical failures is at the root of a ski lift accident that injured 7 people last March. The report confirmed the earlier preliminary findings of a team of engineers who investigated immediately after the accident. Second ski lift… Read more »

Famed Lawyer and Celtic Fan Sues TD Garden After Slip and Fall

Sign showing warning of caution wet floor

A celebrity attorney, Harvard Law Professor, and television personality didn’t want to sue TD Garden, the home of his beloved Boston Celtics, but with the lingering pain of a nasty slip and fall in the men’s room of TD Garden three years earlier, he decided he had no choice. The attorney, known for his past work… Read more »

Infrequent Inspections Have Riders Weighing Risks at Maine Amusement Parks

little girl in a float in a swimming pool

Families and vacationers looking for summer fun at Maine’s traveling amusement parks are thinking twice after several riders were injured in separate incidents at the same Waterville carnival. Three children were hurt at a fundraiser in Head of Falls Park when two cars on a small roller coaster called the Dragon Wagon uncoupled and crashed… Read more »

Skiing Accidents and Liability in Maine

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With winter in full swing, thousands of skiing enthusiasts are hitting the slopes for some recreational fun. Located in Newry, Maine, Sunday River Ski Resort is a popular destination for snowboarders and skiers who can test their mettle on more than 135 trails and massive terrain parks that feature pipes, boxes and tricky jumps. One… Read more »

Liability Questions Arise In Deadly Halloween House Fire

Captain Tom Downing of Hardy Wolf & Downing

Six Portland, Maine residents died when their apartment building caught fire in the wee hours of the morning on November 1st. In addition to the deceased, one person was seriously burned and three other occupants escaped by jumping through a second-story window. The inferno was caused by “improper disposal of cigarettes” in a smoking receptacle… Read more »