Consumer watchdog nonprofit safety group W.A.T.C.H. (Work against toys causing harm) has released its annual list of 2016’s worst toys. By “worst,” the group means toys that it feels are most likely to be dangerous, cause harm, or which have insufficient warnings of potential dangers to children.

The list is as follows:

  • PEPPA PIG’S MUDDY PUDDLES FAMILY: The group pointed out that some packaging for the toy, which contains small parts, says it is for ages two and older, when in fact, the small parts create a choking hazard for kids that age.

If you are injured in an accident, you may have a lot on your mind when it comes to your case, such as wondering how the jury will feel about your case, what defenses will be used against you, and what the actual case will be like when it comes to depositions or medical examinations.

What are Collateral Sources?

One thing you may not be thinking about are collateral sources, and in fact, you may not know what they are or even realize they are a part of a personal injury case. However, collateral sources are a vital part of what you stand to recover in a settlement or verdict.

The decision to place a loved one or family member into a nursing home can be a devastating one. As painful as it is, it is often necessary, and families often try to console themselves by at least ensuring, to the extent that they can, that the home they choose is safe, clean, diligent, and will create a productive and attentive environment for their loved ones.

There are many resources on steps that you can take to ensure that the home or facility is safe. Certainly, nothing is foolproof—the best, safest companies and businesses of any kind are often negligent—but being alert and aware and doing a thorough investigation of a facility can at leasts minimize the risk of injury.

Resident on Resident Violence

Ride sharing service Uber is in a fight with the State of Maryland and is threatening to pull its service from that state, based on new requirements regarding background searches for drivers. While this sounds like a regulatory squabble, under the surface, the issue may be Uber’s liability for damages or crimes caused by its drivers.

Uber and Liability

Uber is a ride-sharing service the allows private drivers to offer rides to people much like taxi drivers do, and get a share of the fee. Uber has been in a precarious legal position over whether it is liable for crimes caused by its drivers.

It is an unfortunate fact that it sometimes takes a tragedy to remind us of the importance of safety standards, and the liability that can occur when business owners do not make their premises safe for visitors. There are few areas that present as many potential dangers as an amusement park, and while we think of amusement parks as generally safe, there has been a stark reminder that this should not be taken for granted.

Recent Deaths at Amusement Park

The incident happened in Australia, and although their laws are different from ours, much can still be learned from the recent tragedy. Just days ago, four people on a water ride at a fixed amusement park called Dreamworld were killed in the middle of the ride. Much like many rides here in America, visitors sat in circular “rafts” that sat in a moat of water, and tracked along conveyer belts.

When we are victims of personal injury, we tend to be aware of the kind and nature of damages that can be recovered. We often think of our out-of-pocket expenses, which often entail medical bills. We may think of lost wages, for time that we are forced to be at home instead of working. And of course, the intangible damages such as emotional injury, pain and suffering, or lack of enjoyment of life may come to mind.

But what many victims do not take into account are future earnings—that is, as the name implies, wages that we should have or could have earned, but now no longer can or will, because of our injuries.

Two Kinds of Future Wage Loss Claims

When it comes to car accidents, in most cases, the question of who is responsible for injuring other drivers is usually a matter of determining which driver is at fault. It can get more complex with multi-car accidents, but generally, someone behind the wheel involved in the accident is the negligent party.

But what happens when there is no driver? That seemingly odd question will become common once self driving cars become more common, and in fact, that future is so close that federal regulators have recently released a new checklist of safety points for self-driving cars. The government is urging car makers to ensure their self-driving cars meet these requirements before putting them on the road.

The Regulations

Most people know that the constitution ensures the right to trial by a jury of your peers. Despite this, many injury victims are finding this right eroded, as big businesses, insurance companies, and other potential defendants see juries as enemies awarding runaway verdicts to sympathetic Plaintiffs.

While these defendants can not change the constitution, they can and do try to limit an injury victim’s right to have a case heard by a jury, by taking away that right through contracts that contain arbitration clauses.

What is Arbitration

A recent rash of troubling injuries involving amusement and carnival-type rides has brought the dangers of this kind of recreation into the public eye. In many cases, it appears that there may be some liability by the operators of these parks or rides. These tragic events allow us a real-life glimpse into what can happen if due care is not taken at amusement parks.

When we use the term amusement park, we are talking about both larger, fixed-location parks, like Disney World, as well as local carnivals that break down and travel. We also are talking about water parks that offer thrill-type rides.

Injuries Becoming Common

Many of us purposely avoid keeping dangerous instruments in our house, and when we do, we take precautions. Maybe we do not own a gun, and if we do, we make sure it is locked up and separate from the bullets. Maybe we own knives, but they are well out of the way from where kids can get them. Yet, in many homes lives something that can be just as dangerous – a pool.

We think of pools as fun, and surely they should be. But pools can also be dangerous, whether it be for young ones, the elderly, the intoxicated, or any adult who simply can not swim. In many homes, the pool sits without a barrier, and in many cases, people traverse the area near the pool without supervision.

Laws Regulating Residential Pools