Pool Dangers

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Pool Incidents

Summer is here and with the longer days and warmer temperatures, people go out and enjoy the sun. The best thing for people to do in the summer is go to the local swimming pool in their area for a fun day to relax, have fun, and cool off. But with what we may think is fun also comes along with some serious dangers and risks.

Eleven children have died from drowning in Ohio this past summer. According to The Consumer Product Safety Commission Ohio is in the top of amongst most deaths from drowning. This tracks how many kids are killed in pools and other water spaces between Memorial Day weekend. Throughout the United States, 202 children between the ages of 1 and 14 drowned this past summer. Among the victims, 143 were under the age of 5. In addition to the 11 kids who drowned in Ohio, 23 died in California, 24 in Florida, and 28 in Texas.

Swim Safe Tips:

  1. Never leave a child unattended and unsupervised while swimming
  2. Give swimming lessons to unexperienced swimmers
  3. Stay away from drains
  4. Ensure all pools and spas public and private have drain covers
  5. Install proper barriers, alarms, or covers around your pool
  6. Be trained in CPR for both children and adults
  7. Don’t run and Always walk around wet surfaces

With Memorial Day weekend coming up fast it is important for us as parents to monitor our kids and watch them in and around pools. Although many public pools have lifeguards on duty there is still a possibility that your children can come across a problem.

If your child was a victim of a wrongful drowning or incident Call me right away I’ll be there for you and answer any questions you may have. I’ll Make Them Pay!®

Author: Tim Misny | For over four decades, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in in birth injurymedical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving ClevelandAkron/CantonColumbusDayton and neighboring communities. 

Bike Safety Awareness

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It’s spring approaching summer and with the warmer weather many people want to go out for a nice ride on their bicycle. Although there are many young kids riding bikes on the sidewalk, adults like to ride their bikes on the roadway in traffic. Some for fun and some must ride to get to work. As drivers and bicyclists, we must all be aware of the right away bicycles and pedestrians have on our roadways. As a driver it is important to be on the lookout always for potential hazards and risks. As a driver when we see a bike on the roadway our first thought might be that they should be on the sidewalk, but with the Ohio trafficking laws there is a law called The Row.

What’s the Row?

The right of way and if you ride in the direction of traffic, you obey all the traffic laws applicable to vehicles, you stop at red lights, stop signs, you don’t speed, you yield to pedestrians on the sidewalks and you ride to the right of the road, unless it’s dangerous or unsafe, there’s a pothole, debris, an object or if the lane is so narrow that a car cannot safely pass you and that’s when a cyclist can take the whole lane, which sometimes infuriates drivers, but they have every right to do that.

Bike Safety Tips:

  • Go with the flow of traffic and always ride on ride side same as traffic. …
  • Obey All Traffic Laws. You are the drive and a bike is a vehicle. …
  • Yield When necessary. …
  • Be Predictable. …
  • Be Alert and ready to react always. …
  • Look Before Turning anywhere. …
  • Watch for Parked Cars, people, objects.

As a bicyclist it is important for us to also be aware of this and not take advantage of the roadway and disobey the law. If you are going to ride on the road you must abide by the same rules just like everybody else. You must also be cautious at all times to prevent potential risks that may result in injury or even death. As you ride into summer I ask to please remember to always wear a helmet and be safe.

If you or a loved one was injured or killed in a bicycle or automobile accident due to another driver’s negligence, contact my office immediately. As your Ohio car accident, personal injury, and medical malpractice attorney I’ll be there for you, and I’ll Make Them Pay!®

Author: Tim Misny | For over four decades, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in in birth injurymedical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving ClevelandAkron/CantonColumbusDayton and neighboring communities. You can reach Tim by email at misnylaw.com/ask-tim-a-question/ or call at 877.944.4373.

 

 

Youth Football – Brain Deadly

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One of the most elite sports in the America that everyone loves to watch. We go to cheer and scream with our friends and family and even we watch it at home inviting people over to enjoy this one sport we call football. It’s an inspiring sport that our young ones inherit and play but what is fun to watch and let our children do has long term effects on their brain. Behind every hit in football there is something that is going on inside the helmet that parents should be aware of.

New research published by Annals of Neurology took a look at 246 deceased amateur and professional football players. It was discovered that almost all of them 211 out of 246 had a degenerative brain disease known as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy or (CTE). This is caused by repetitive hits to the head. Kids who start playing tackle football at a young age before 12 years old begin experiencing cognitive and emotional symptoms associated with CTE 13 years earlier than older kids who start playing after the age of 12. Studies also show that each year earlier a kid starts to play football their symptoms will appear two years before expected.

As parents, it is important for us to know what we are getting our children into. Although in football our kids wear helmets, it still does not stop the effects from each and every hit they endure. Little by little the brain is affected and it is putting our children in a life of danger.

I Tim Misny have represented victims of closed head injuries for over 37 years across the United States, and I know that the consequences of a SINGLE blow to the head can be utterly devastating, and let alone the repeated physical damage that football players experience. I have a prediction, and that is someday not too long from now when all of the medical studies conclusively show that head trauma sustained in football is so severe, it will be that if a parent allows their child to play football it will be considered child endangerment!

Lets hope it doesn’t take that long.

If you or a loved one was injured or killed in as a result of a motor vehicle accident, medical malpractice, or birth injury, contact my office immediately. As your Ohio car accident attorney, I’ll be there for you, and I’ll Make Them Pay!®

Author: Tim Misny | For over four decades, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in in birth injurymedical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving ClevelandAkron/CantonColumbusDayton and neighboring communities. You can reach Tim by email at misnylaw.com/ask-tim-a-question/ or call at 877.944.4373.

Brutal Dog Attacks

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Many see them as harmless creatures, and sometimes they are, but as owners protect their dogs after brutal attacks, they should be held liable for the pain their animal inflicted on someone else. In Ohio there is a law for a dog to be put down and the owner responsible for damages. Although it is a sad thing for this to happen, it is important as a dog owner to always take precautions with your animal to protect it as well as others. Getting a dog is a huge responsibility. Not only do you have to bathe, feed and water you must also be aware that you must accept and face the consequences for any instance the dog might cause.

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If you or a loved one has been involved in a brutal dog attack Call Me right away! I’ll be there for you and I’ll Make Them Pay!® Call Me Tim Misny right away at 1.877.944.4373.

Author: Tim Misny | For over four decades, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in in birth injurymedical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving ClevelandAkron/CantonColumbusDayton and neighboring communities. 

Distracted Walkers Causing Accidents

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Distracted Walkers Causing More Accidents

We all have done it. Get side tracked by our phones and use them while walking around sending a text, scrolling through Facebook, facetiming, skyping on the phone, not paying any attention to where you are going. Getting distracted by your phone is so common now it is referred to as “Distracted Walking”. Distracted walkers are most common among aged 18 to 34, but women aged 55 and older are more likely to suffer serious injuries, including hip fractures, according to a 2013 study in Accident Analysis & Prevention. Visits to emergency rooms for injuries caused by distracted walkers on cell phones have more than tripled since 2013. Thousands of people every year become hospitalized with serious injuries such as shattered pelvises, head injuries, shoulder injuries and rib fractures. The average age of a cell phone user due to the increase and advancement of technology is 10 years of age. With as young of kindergarten age 5, we as parents need to think about the needs and safety of our children.

The National Safety Council says that the rise in distracted cell phone walking injuries is consistent with the increase in cell phone users. The nationwide increase in pedestrian deaths from such things as falling down stairs, getting hit by a car and walking into a glass door prompted the federal government to give grants to some cities to create a method to reduce distracted pedestrians. Peripheral vision drops significantly while a person is texting or talking on the phone. The lack of focus to your surrounding is caused by the focus on your phone. Experts say regardless of the belief that multitasking is possible and safe, the human brain is only designed to pay attention to one thing at a time. Please pay attention to where you are walking. Not paying attention will give you the higher chance of a tragedy striking and you could have prevented it just by waiting to talk, check, or play on your cell phone. This will also reduce the number of injuries and deaths per year if more people just waited to get to where they are going first.

This will lead to less accidents and even deaths caused by cars from people failing to look both ways. Although drivers should always yield for pedestrians, some do not and it can cost you your life. Paying attention at all times where you are at and your surrounding will make everyone safer and happier.

If you or someone you love was injured or killed in a car accident due to another driver’s negligence, you must call me right away at 1 (877) 944-4373. As your Ohio car accident lawyer, I’ll be there for you. My clients deserve justice and I will do everything I can, I’ll Make Them Pay!®

Author: Tim Misny | For over four decades, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in in birth injurymedical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving ClevelandAkron/CantonColumbusDayton and neighboring communities. You can reach Tim by email at misnylaw.com/ask-tim-a-question/ or call at 1 (877) 944-4373.

Waterslide Dangers

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Waterslide Death Trap

When the summer weather hits the sun shines, the heat rises, and people think what a perfect day to cool off, or what a perfect day to bring the whole family to the local waterpark to have fun! Though a fun day might be at the local waterpark, no one was expecting a 10 year old boy to be decapitated and killed on a water slide.

In Kansas a popular waterpark has a waterslide called “The Veruckt” which happens to be the tallest roller-coaster/waterslide in the world. It was built by Jeff Henry who co owns the company with his siblings.  The ride is 170 feet high covered with suspended netting to catch people that fall off. The ride was a spur of the moment idea with the intention of impressing television channels. Jeff and his business partner John Schooley were the masterminds in designing the ride and its calculations, even though neither of them had any credentials in mathematics or engineering.

Under further investigation by officials they discovered that the company and everyone was already aware about the dangers and safety of the waterslide, and failed to do anything about it because they wanted to maintain the status for having the world record waterslide. Though several attempts were made such as an age limit of 14 to be put into place, and a flaw where the waterslide would throw people up and make the rafts go airborne, was ignored after the opening.

Over the two years after the 2014 opening and before the death of the 10 year old boy 13 people were seriously injured and later found the injury reports were hidden where no one would find them. People of the company are being charged with involuntary manslaughter along with several counts of aggravated battery, aggravated child endangerment, and interference with law enforcement. Since then the boys family has won a settlement of 20 million dollars from different companies.

If you or a loved one was injured or even killed due to a mistake of a resort of theme park call my office immediately! I’ll answer any questions you may have and I’ll be there for you. As your Ohio injury based lawyer I have represented the injured victim for over 37 years. Don’t wait to call! I’ll Make Them Pay!®

Author: Tim Misny | For over four decades, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in in birth injurymedical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving ClevelandAkron/CantonColumbusDayton and neighboring communities. You can reach Tim by email at misnylaw.com/ask-tim-a-question/ or call at 877.944.4373

Vacation Condo Gas Leak

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The point of a vacation is to be able to get away for a while and spend time with family stress free and enjoy it. Well that’s what a family of four was doing in Mexico until they died from a gas leak in their condo. An American family on a getaway to Mexico ended badly when the Mexican police found all 4, Parents and their children dead inside The Tulum condominium.

Authorities stated the family had died from asphyxia by inhalation of toxic gas.  More evidence points to the boiler inside the condo that was releasing high amounts of gas causing the death. No further reports have been released whether the condo was equipped with gas alarms or detectors. All that was said by the resort was that it had sold the condominium a while back to a private owner back in 2013.

Warning Signs of Gas Leak (What to watch for)

  • Higher than normal gas bills.
  • Nausea.
  • Headaches.
  • The smell of sulfur or rotten eggs in your home.
  • Difficulty or irregular breathing.
  • Fatigue.
  • Chest Pain.
  • Depression.

Always be sure to check in home carbon monoxide/gas monitors, alarms, or detectors to see if they are fully functional and working.

It is unimaginable what the loved ones of the family have to go through and it is unacceptable on the owner’s part for anything like this to ever happen. Don’t let a mishap take control and affect your life. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed by a situation due to someone’s negligence call me! I’ll be there for you and answer any questions you may have. I’ll Make them Pay!®

Author: Tim Misny | For over four decades, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in in birth injurymedical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving ClevelandAkron/CantonColumbusDayton and neighboring communities. You can reach Tim by email at misnylaw.com/ask-tim-a-question/ or call at 877.944.4373.

 

Ski Resort Danger

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Fun at Ski Resort Turns Deadly

Winter comes around once a year, and when it does people take full advantage of the heavy snow and break out the skis, sleds, and snowboards. Many people love to travel to local ski resorts, expecting to have a fun day with family and friends. Although most ski resorts offer many trails, some dangerous for most inexperienced riders, most people wouldn’t expect their ski lift that they ride on to the trails would malfunction causing a life-threatening situation.

A ski Resort in Georgia had a horrible gut wrenching incident where one of their ski lifts started to malfunction, increasing speed and would not stop. The lift was filled with many riders who were almost killed from having to jump off and forcefully thrown off by the lift itself. There are many videos that can be found of skiers/snowboarders that were catapulted off the lift and almost crushed in between carts.

Many questions arise as in was it a mechanical failure, and or how did someone not shut off the lift? This incident should have never happened under the supervision of the resort. Who knows if there will be a reason as to why this incident happened. It is safe to say that most of the time companies will not take responsibility for their actions, and try to cover up the truth to save them from being exposed. Not just ski resorts but any type of amusement parks can have a deadly situation occur due to the wrongful malfunction and testing of certain rides.

If you or a loved one was injured or even killed due to a mistake of a resort or theme park, call my office immediately! I’ll answer any questions you may have and I’ll be there for you. As your Ohio injury based lawyer I have represented the injured victim for over 37 years. Don’t wait to call! I’ll Make Them Pay!®

Author: Tim Misny | For over four decades, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in in birth injurymedical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving ClevelandAkron/CantonColumbusDayton and neighboring communities. You can reach Tim by email at misnylaw.com/ask-tim-a-question/ or call at 877.944.4373.

 

Florida Bridge Collapse

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New Pedestrian Bridge Collapses at Florida International University – Multiple Injuries and Deaths

There are many college campuses across America and many young students trying to better themselves every day. A pedestrian bridge at Florida International University collapsed last week injuring and killing multiple students. The bridge was still under construction, connecting the university campus going over the highway making an easier path for students to take.

There were no comments from staff at the university handling and speaking for their behalf on what exactly happened, one woman did however state “We are shocked and saddened about the tragic events unfolding at the FIU-Sweetwater pedestrian bridge. At this time, we are still involved in rescue efforts and gathering information. We are working closely with authorities and first responders on the scene. We will share updates as we have them.”

It is such a shame for any catastrophic event to take place like this on innocent student lives. These types of injuries/events occur every day to average people out of their control. If you or a loved one has been affected or injured from a similar incident call me! I’ll be there for you and answer any questions you may have. I’ll Make them Pay!®

Author: Tim Misny | For over four decades, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in in birth injurymedical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving ClevelandAkron/CantonColumbusDayton and neighboring communities. You can reach Tim by email at misnylaw.com/ask-tim-a-question/ or call at 877.944.4373.

Catastrophic Injury

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Common Catastrophic Injuries

Catastrophic injuries can prevent you from resuming your normal life and most of the time keep you from rejoining the work force. Some common injuries include:

  • Brain injury
    A traumatic brain injury can cause permanent damage to the brain’s membrane— preventing normal cognitive body functions
  • Loss of sight, speech, or hearing
    Severe accidents can cause blindness, speech impairment, or deafness, It can be temporary or permanent which would result in extensive therapy.
  • Organ damage
    Vital organs can be damaged from an accident’s impact or can lead to complications and affect the body causing health risks.
  •  Paraplegia
    Paraplegia is partial or total paralysis in the lower portion of the body including the legs.
  • Permanent disfigurement
    Sometimes disfigurement caused in an accident is so severe, it may require costly surgery to fix and most of the time prevents people from rejoining the workforce.
  • Quadriplegia
    Quadriplegia is partial or total paralysis in all four limbs.

These types of injuries happen every day to average hard working Americans just like you. Don’t let a mishap take control and affect your life. If you or a loved one has been affected or injured call me! I’ll be there for you and answer any questions you may have. I’ll Make them Pay!®

Author: Tim Misny | For over four decades, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in in birth injurymedical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving ClevelandAkron/CantonColumbusDayton and neighboring communities. You can reach Tim by email at misnylaw.com/ask-tim-a-question/ or call at 877.944.4373.