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.
Perhaps you have already noticed it this season – slick surfaces. Whether you are out walking the dog in the morning and catch a glimpse of an icy spot on the sidewalk, or if you notice an icy patch under a leaking gutter at your workplace, ice is a serious danger for midwesterners this time of year. Thousands of injuries occur each winter thanks to slips and falls due to icy surfaces. Keep yourself safe this winter season by following a few of these tips.
Keep Your Eyes Peeled Ice can be especially dangerous as it can be difficult to see. This winter, train your eyes to look for official warning signs that draw attention to slick spots. You can also look for hidden slick spots by looking for glistening spots on sidewalks or driveways, steering clear of essentially anything that appears to be “wet”.
Use Railings Stairs leading into businesses or homes can be especially dangerous. Ice can accumulate on stairs and make walking up or down them treacherous. To keep from slipping, always use railings when navigating stairs, even if they don’t seem slick.
Choose the Salted Path When possible, walk on sidewalks or walkways that are treated with de-icing materials like salt. While you should still remain vigilant and step carefully on all surfaces, a salted surface is a safer option than an untreated surface.
Tell Someone If you are entering someone’s home or a business and encounter dangerous conditions, tell someone. Ice can accumulate quickly, and business or homeowners may be unaware their paths are unsafe.
Seek Help if You Are Injured Slips and falls can happen even if you are diligent. Icy surfaces are dangerous! If you slip on an icy surface, get the help you need, even if you feel more embarrassed than injured. Like many unexpected injuries, slipping on ice can cause pain and damage you may not feel immediately. However, if you seek medical attention right away, you can receive the treatments you need to feel your best in the days to come.
If you slip on the ice this season, remember to call the team at MacCloskey Kesler and Associates. We have decades of experience advocating for injured clients, and getting them the compensation they deserve. We would be honored to work with you as well.
According to the National Fire Prevention Association, winter months are especially dangerous times for house fires. Before our northern Illinois winter weather fully sets in for the next four months, take time to assure that you, your family, and your home are safe from potential fire hazards.
Check Your Fire Alarms Fire alarms and smoke detectors are a crucial component of your family’s fire safety plan. However, without working batteries, you are missing the chance to detect a fire in enough time to safely get out. Ideally, you should check your fire alarm at least twice per year. Most Americans choose to do the checks during each time change. It’s not too late to check your detectors – do a quick test and swap out the batteries to assure your detectors are ready to work, if they need to.
Beware of Open Flames The winter holidays and chilly weather can leave many of us lighting candles to feel cozy and calm. However burning, too many candles at once can create a serious fire hazard. Be sure everyone in your family knows to blow out candles when leaving the house, even if it is just for a short amount of time. Further, keep your candle wicks trimmed and your candles far from curtains, fabrics, or other flammable materials.
Be Careful With Your Twinkle Lights Christmas trees can catch fire frighteningly fast. Your strands of twinkle lights, whether on the tree or elsewhere, can be the culprit for igniting your tree and your home. When putting up your lights, assure that strands are not damaged and that wires are not exposed. Opt for LED lights when possible, as they do not get as hot as other options.
Ditch the Space Heater Space heaters may help your home feel warmer, but these devices can quickly become deadly. If you must use a space heater, keep it shut off when unattended and keep all fabrics far away.
Finally, use the winter season as a reminder to talk with your famiy about safe fire evacuation plans. You can work together to designate a meeting spot outside of your home, and remind one another about how to safely evacuate the home in case of fire.