With summertime in full swing, many parents and pool-goers might be wondering about legal liability surrounding swimming pool related injuries.
Lucky for those summertime worrywarts, we here at FindLaw have been writing about swimming pool liability for years -- and related to a variety of injuries. Below, you can read about some important legal info about swimming pools and legal liability.
Generally, if you slip and fall on someone else?s property due to a dangerous or hazardous condition, you may be able to sue that property owner for damages. Pool owners know this, or should know this, and they should do their best to minimize hazards, such as putting up signs warning people about slippery surfaces, or making sure pools are secured behind fences.
Yes, water slides are fun. But they are also pretty dangerous. Beyond just the potential for slide burn, water slides have caused some serious injuries, and owners can be liable for those injuries.
Ever go swimming in a pool and emerge with a rash or other skin irritation or worse? It may have been due to an improperly cleaned pool. Pools use lots of chemicals to make sure the water is safe and clean enough for swimming. If the balance is off or the wrong chemicals are used, it can be really dangerous, and the pool owner, or maybe the cleaner, could be liable.
Despite all the chemicals used to keep pools clean, it turns out that when people don?t shower before getting in a pool, it gets contaminated with poop. Yes, that's gross, and if a pool's owner doesn't keep their pool clean, and you get sick from swimming in it, you might want to think about calling an injury lawyer.
Sadly, every year, deaths are reported due to swimming pool accidents. When a drowning or other accident happens at a private pool, knowing who is liable can sometimes be tricky, especially if an owner took precautions to safeguard the pool.
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One of the big selling points for self-driving cars was safety. If you had computers making quick decisions rather than drowsy, distracted, or drunk drivers, you'd expect there to be fewer accidents. But that hasn't always been the case.
When you hear about human "drivers" watching Hulu behind the wheel while?an autonomous vehicle hits and kills a pedestrian, you start to wonder who's driving "self-driving" cars, and whether self-driving really means safe driving. So, here are some of the most common questions regarding liability in autonomous car accidents, and where to look for answers.
In many ways, your to-do list following an accident will be the same regardless of whether a person or a program was behind the wheel. First, make sure everyone is OK or is receiving medical attention. Contact the police if there are severe damage or injuries. Then document the accident and gather as much information as you can about what happened.
In some cases, the victim of a self-driving car accident is the person in the driver's seat. Joshua Brown was killed when a tractor-trailer turned in front of his Tesla while it was in autopilot mode. That car should've been capable of cruising, maintaining a lane, and braking if traffic appeared in front of it, but Brown's Model S allegedly went so fast through the trailer the truck driver didn't even see it. Brown was also apparently watching a Harry Potter movie at the time of the accident.
Sadly, Brown isn't the only Tesla operator who was killed in a collision with a tractor trailer. And it may be because the company's self-driving software relies only upon the vehicle's own sensors without incorporating detailed map information.
But Tesla isn't the only player in the autonomous vehicle game. And some other manufacturers are more willing to accept liability for malfunctions in their driving systems when operating autonomously. What happens if they don't?
Sorting out responsibility in even a simple fender bender can turn into a legal nightmare. And that's before you try to figure out whether a car's computer was in charge at the time of a collision.
If you've been involved in an accident with a self-driving or autonomous vehicle, contact an experienced car accident attorney today.
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In 2014, Forbes made "The Short Case for Insys Therapeutics," conceding that the company's sales performance compensation system was "a fairly dangerous way to market" its opioid products, but asserting that there would only be danger if "medical sales of this drug are leaking into the recreational market" and that "[p]harmaceutically pure opiates don't cause much harm to anyone at all."
Yesterday, Forbes reported that Insys has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, after those marketing techniques led to federal civil and criminal investigations, the company pleading guilty to mail fraud, and its founder and three other executives being found guilty of racketeering conspiracy.
Insys sold $329 million worth of its fentanyl spray Subsys in 2015. Subsys was designed to target pain in adult cancer patients who are already receiving around-the-clock-opioid treatment. But federal prosecutors claim the company was bribing doctors and medical professionals to prescribe more and higher doses of the powerful opioid. Insys was allegedly pushing the drug on patients who didn't even have cancer. Sales plummeted as the legal issues mounted.
Last week, Insys agreed to pay $225 million to settle Justice Department investigations into those bribery allegations, according to Forbes. The company also pleaded guilty to five counts of mail fraud, and last month a federal jury found five executives, including billionaire founder John Kapoor, guilty of racketeering charges. Sales of Subsys were down to $58.6 million in 2018, and Forbes reported Insys stock was down almost 60 percent yesterday from where it closed last week at $1.31 per share.
"After conducting a thorough review of available strategic alternatives," new Insys CEO Andrew Long said in a statement, "we determined that a court-supervised sale process is the best course of action to maximize the value of our assets and address our legacy legal challenges in a fair and transparent manner."
The investigations into Insys signal a change in federal response to the opioid epidemic, shifting the focus from patients and addicts to doctors, drug sellers, and opioid manufacturers. Lawsuits against doctors and drug companies for opioid addictions and overdoses are on the rise. And cities, states, and even Native American nations are suing pharmaceutical companies for their role in the opioid crisis.
If you or a loved one has been over-prescribed OxyContin or another opioid, and developed an addiction or suffered an overdose, talk to an experienced personal injury attorney about your legal options.
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