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Premises liability: Taking precautions may not prevent injuries

Many Florida parents likely take advantage of playgrounds in order to let their kids run off some of their energy. Those kids may even beg to stop by their favorite playground while on outings, even just for a few minutes. While parents may indulge their kids now and then, it only takes a few minutes for a serious injury to occur. If so, parents may have reason to file premises liability claims.

The first line of defense against injuries is making sure that kids understand how to play safely. Parents may want to instruct children to take turns, to not push or pull other kids, and to use the equipment in the right way. It is also vital that parents maintain constant supervision of their young children.

3 common complications of playground injuries

Nothing is more fun than going to the park with your kids and letting them enjoy the playground. You may be worried about contagious germs, but many parents learn that catching a cold is not the worst thing that can happen on a playground. While you may expect a few falls and scrapes, some playground injuries are more serious and have the potential to impose dangerous complications.

Every parent should be aware of the following complications that can arise from a playground injury. Whether your child fell off the monkey bars or hit her or his head on a slide, you should pay attention to symptoms and seek medical care as soon as possible after the injury. 

Products liability: Honey Smacks cereal causing illness

Cereal is a common breakfast choice that many parents reach for, especially when in a hurry or trying to get the kids off to school. Many of the cereals that children enjoy have colorful boxes, fun characters and sweet tastes. However, these products can also have hidden dangers if they have become contaminated. If so, children could easily suffer negative health effects, and parents may have reason to file products liability claims.

Florida parents may be interested in a recent report indicating that Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal has caused over 100 people to become ill. The product has been contaminated with salmonella, and at the time of the report 34 out of 130 affected people had been hospitalized due to the severity of their conditions. It was noted that no fatalities have occurred. It was also not mentioned how many children were among those affected.

Heavy metals in baby food could lead to products liability claims

Having children can often lead parents to constantly worry about their kids' safety. However, unknown dangers can lurk around every corner, and even the products that parents use for their kids can sometimes hold hidden dangers. If a dangerous item results in serious harm to a child, the parents may have reason to pursue a products liability claim.

Florida parents may be interested in a recent warning that has affected several brands of baby food. According to reports, testing discovered that there were "worrisome" levels of certain heavy metals found in packaged fruits, snacks and entrees produced for small children. Because infants and toddlers can easily suffer harm from consuming lead, cadmium, arsenic and other heavy metals, ingesting the affected foods could easily lead to serious health issues.

Car seat safety important when it comes to car accidents

Most parents want to do whatever they can to protect their children from injuries. Unfortunately, that is not always possible, and car accidents can sometimes result in Florida children suffering serious injuries. This type of situation can feel devastating on many levels, and parents may wonder whether taking legal action could suit their circumstances.

Of course, one of the best steps parents can take is to make sure their children are properly restrained while in vehicles. The Centers for Disease Control indicated that 58 percent of unintentional fatal injuries to children occur due to car crashes. Properly installed car seats for young children and making sure older children wear seat belts and sit in the right area of the vehicle could make a considerable difference in their safety.

Premises liability at trampoline parks

Trampoline parks are a growing trend across the United States, with around 800 facilities nationwide. They are also an inherently high-risk place for children to play. Florida parents should consider a few things before taking their children to trampoline parks, including possible injuries, safety regulations and whether premises liability will come into play if a child is hurt.

Trampoline parks are largely unregulated, in part due to how suddenly they surged in popularity. Only nine states have laws dealing with the parks, and no federal laws are currently on the books. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the number of emergency room visits from trampoline park incidents skyrocket to 6,932 in 2015, up from 581 only five years prior.

3 things to know about safety on playgrounds

Taking your son or daughter to the playground is one of the joys of childhood. However, not all playgrounds are the same. Some have hazards and dangerous equipment that could put your child at risk.

Knowing some basic information about playground safety can help you keep your child from suffering a serious injury. In addition, if particular playground equipment is widely known to pose a hazard to children, it can be helpful to know about it so you can avoid having your children play on it.

How to avoid premises liability issues when hosting a party

When summer comes, backyard parties are often in full swing. But those hoping to host friends, family, neighbors and co-workers at their Florida home should think twice about safety before opening their doors.  Protecting oneself from a premises liability lawsuit with insurance and due diligence is a good idea before hosting any event.

It is a good idea to take a look at homeowner/general liability coverage before hosting a party. Typically, these policies cover injury to a guest at a party. However, there may be some limitation, such as injury to a guest under the age of 21 who was served alcohol. Be sure to remain within the confines of Florida law and an insurance policy when hosting a party.

How to handle a teen's products liability settlement

When a child suffers a catastrophic injury, parents are mainly concerned with the health ramifications. A lawsuit may follow, as something like products liability could leave another party responsible. But after a Florida court rules on a personal injury case involving a minor, parents in the state still have many things to consider. 

One of the most critical challenges with settlements involving young people is how to manage the money involved. While a teenager may receive a six-figure settlement, he or she may not have the maturity or self-control to spend it properly even after turning 18. For parents, lawyers and others involved in these cases, this can be the biggest sources of stress once a case is settled.

Can premises liability be raised for children lost in an airport?

For some families, sending younger people on flights alone is a normal occurrence. Many of these families trust airline employees and airport staff to help their child enter and exit the plane safely. But what happens in a Florida airport when an unaccompanied minor flyer gets lost? Is there a premises liability issue for the airport, or could the airline charged with caring for the child be held responsible? According to legal precedents, lawsuits for such cases are almost nonexistent.

When children between 5 and 12 travel without supervision, they are considered "unaccompanied minors" by airlines. In some cases, a fee of up to $150 will apply for these flyers. This is to compensate for the minor's special care, such as seeing them onto the plane, meeting them when it lands and helping them make connections.

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