These days, many backyards are equipped with structures to encourage family fun. Swing sets, sandboxes and tire swings can keep kiddos busy when the weather is nice enough to play. However, these backyard additions can also pose the potential for injuries. One of the biggest culprits of backyard injuries? Trampolines.
While trampolines are a great way for kids to bounce, exercise, and burn some energy, roughhousing and catching a double bounce can make the trampoline a dangerous place. The Mayo Clinic reports that childhood injuries for kids can include sprains and breaks, as well as neck or head injuries. If you have a trampoline at home, or if you will be visiting a home that has a trampoline, you should take care to protect yourself and others.
Set Limits As with most childhood experiences, it is up to the parents to set appropriate limits and rules to keep everyone safe. Don’t allow bigger kids to be in the trampoline with smaller kids, as their weight difference can be especially dangerous. Don’t allow flips or other tricks on the trampoline and encourage only one person to be on the trampoline at a time. Finally, keep a close eye on kids when they are in the trampoline.
Keep the Structure Safe Trampolines should never be on a hill or uneven surface. Instead, put the trampoline on a flat area of the yard. Next, assure the trampoline has a safety net appropriately installed on the perimeter of the trampoline. Cover springs with pads as well to keep fingers, toes, and feet safe.
In Case of Injury Taking precautions does not eliminate the chance of injury. If someone is injured on the trampoline, follow first aid recommendations. For an ankle sprain or injury, use ice on the area and follow up with a doctor if the swelling does not go down. For potential head or neck injuries, do not move the person. Instead, call 911.
If you have a trampoline in your backyard, it is your responsibility to let your home insurance company know. Their coverage will be able to cover costs for any injury sustained on your property. If you are injured on someone else’s trampoline, keep all medical bills and work with their insurance company to file a claim.
Working with a reputable and experienced attorney can be beneficial if you, or someone you love, have been injured due to a trampoline. The team at MacCloskey Kesler and Associates are ready to advocate for your needs and assure you get a fair outcome. Give us a call to talk more about your options today.
If you have had a bad or traumatic experience with a doctor, you may be wondering what constitutes malpractice? Do you chalk up your trauma or injury to something simple like poor bedside manner or confusing communication, or should you pursue something more serious? These are difficult questions to be considering, especially while attempting to heal and recover from your injury or situation.
While every case is different and unique, there are some parameters that could indicate medical malpractice. Here is what you need to know.
What is the definition? Malpractice is defined differently in each state. Here in Illinois, medical malpractice occurs when a physician, healthcare professional, or institution (like a hospital) breaches the standard of care when treating a patient. This breach then results in injury or death.
What is the standard of care? In order to determine if your situation was caused by a breach in the standard of care, we must look at what is considered the standard of care. This phrase includes a generally accepted set of standards of how other physicians, professionals, or institutions would treat a similar patient.
What are examples of medical malpractice? Medical malpractice could include serious events like a surgery that results in death, or it could include things like a misdiagnosis or incorrect treatment plan that leads to injury.
What should I do next? If you, or your loved one, have been injured due to a medical mistake or breach in the standard of care, you are entitled to fair compensation. While medical professionals are human and make mistakes, some mistakes can negatively affect your life moving forward. At MacCloskey Kesler and Associates, we can work with you to determine if your situation is medical malpractice and develop a plan to get you the compensation you deserve.
Let us take care of advocating for you while you spend time recovering from your injury or situation. We have decades of experience working on cases like yours, and we aren’t afraid to go to trial to get you a fair outcome.
January brought record temperatures, along with plenty of snow and ice around the Rockford and northern Illinois area. No matter how long you have lived here, some winters feel especially hard and trying. Winter is far from over, as it is common for us to experience ice and snow well into late March or even early April. How comfortable are you walking on icy surfaces and keeping yourself safe as you run your errands or take a walk around the block? Here are a few tips that will help keep you from slipping or hurting yourself.
Ice can form on sidewalks quickly and sometimes unexpectedly. During the winter months, keep your eyes peeled for any signs of ice. Even when the air temperature is warmer than 32 degrees, freezing ground temperatures can cause drizzle or rain to turn to ice immediately when it hits the ground. You are more likely to slip on ice that you aren’t expecting, so keep yourself safe by always being alert.
Walking on icy conditions should be a slow-moving affair. You are more likely to slip if you are in a rush, so be sure to take it slow when trekking through parking lots, sidewalks, or other surfaces. If you anticipate being on a longer walk, perhaps taking your child to school or walking your dog, consider using traction assistance on your shoes. You can get traction devices that easily slip on and off your boots, assuring you can move easier on icy walkways.
Look for Salted Areas
Finally, when you have the option to walk on a salted area, choose it. While salt cannot guarantee a slip-free surface, it is typically much safer than a non-salted or maintained walkway.
If you do slip when out and about, take your injuries seriously. Often, our embarrassment from a slip can make us get up and moving again quickly without carefully assessing how we feel. A slip on ice can cause a litany of problems including bruising, sprains, whiplash, and even head trauma. You may not feel the extent of your injuries until the next day, so schedule a doctor appointment if you are sore, especially bruised, or hurt. You should also seek medical attention if you hit your head during your fall.
If you slipped and fell on a walkway or path, you could be entitled to assistance with your medical bills. Give the team at MacCloskey Kesler and Associates a call to talk more about your situation and options. We want to be sure you are healthy and have the compensation you deserve.
The phrase “buy local” is commonplace these days, and for good reason. For the past few decades, thanks to technology and major national retailers, we have all gotten away from buying what we need from our neighbors. Now, a quick keyword search and a click on a smartphone can allow you to have almost anything delivered right to your front door in a matter of days. However, when we choose to purchase from people who live in our area, we can give back to our community and the people who make it better.
Buying local goes well beyond purchasing locally grown produce or spending money at a local Main Street boutique. You can choose to buy services from people in your community as well. The team at MacCloskey Kesler and Associates has been serving people throughout the Rockford and northern Illinois area for decades. When you need legal advice and guidance, “buying local” from us will get you better service, better connections, and better results.
Better Service National law firms, offering advice to customers from thousands of miles away, are a relatively new invention. However, we have already started to see the major downfalls of this type of model. If you work with a law firm in a different state or region, you are missing out on working with an attorney who knows your state’s laws inside and out. At MacCloskey Kesler and Associates, we pride ourselves on keeping up with law and regulation changes. We know the major changes and the small nuances, and we adapt our client strategies accordingly.
Better Connections’ When you work and live in a community for as long as we have, making connections happens easily. We have worked with judges and attorneys throughout the area for years, and they know what we are about and who we represent. We are much more likely to communicate effectively with these colleagues, which only benefits our clients in the short and long term. Also, our strong relationships in the northern Illinois community give us the ability to connect clients with other professionals, like doctors and physical therapists, (Note to Andrew: or any other medical provider you want to use instead. But surgeons and doctors are the same, so maybe use a different provider)who can help them through their injury recovery process.
Better Results Our results speak for themselves, demonstrating our clients get what they deserve when it comes to financial outcomes. Our team of attorneys is well respected and our guidance is revered in the community.
Your pet is part of the family. Your four-legged friend is there to greet you after a long day of work and can make your child laugh no matter what. However, some animals are not friendly and can be aggressive to humans; in fact, some animals can be friendly to their owners but aggressive to others. In any case, animal attacks, specifically dangerous encounters with a dog, can cause serious harm to you or your loved ones.
Dog Bite Statistics Man’s best friend can also be man’s biggest enemy. Illinois residents are especially prone to being on the receiving end of a dog bite. In fact, NBC5 reportedthat Illinois was among the top three states for dog bite claims just a few years ago. While dogs attack for a variety of reasons, one thing is certain: a dog bite can cause physical injury and emotional trauma that could last well beyond the encounter.
Dangers of Dog Bites When a dog attacks a human, the physical injuries are noticed first. Puncture wounds, skin tears, and even muscle damage are common. The injured party can deal with immediate and chronic pain that can affect range of motion, daily life, and even work responsibilities. However, the emotional trauma of being bitten by a dog can be just as devastating.
People who have been attacked by a dog can show signs of emotional distress, including symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. This emotional trauma can require counseling and medical treatment to decrease anxiety, and can even make returning to a normal life – personally and professionally – considerably more difficult.
How to Get Help If you have been injured due to a dog bite or attack, connect with an attorney as soon as possible. The team at MacCloskey Kesler and Associatesoffers considerable experience working for clients who have been injured, and we get the results our clients need to feel their best. We will work with you to get the compensation you require, and we are not afraid of taking your case to court.
Contact us today, so that we can get started on your case. Your physical and emotional health are important, and you deserve the compensation to support your overall wellness.