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Diving Accidents Common Among Kids

Posted on Tuesday, August 26th, 2008 at 2:08 am    

A new, 16-year study shows that roughly one child an hour is injured when diving into a pool. Overall, 6,500 or so adolescents are injured per year by diving into a pool.  These are the individuals treated in emergency rooms and trauma centers only. It does not take into account children who dive into pools and merely cut their knees or knock out teeth.

Of the injuries reported, approximately 80% of them occurred in children who were diving from a height of 1 meter or less. To sum up, these are not children diving from the high board or a platform. The majority of injuries are to children who are diving in from the side of the pool or a very low diving board.

Of the nearly 111,000 diving injuries to children under 19 between 1990 and 2006, 5% or so required hospitalization. The other injuries were treated and then the patient was released.

If you have been injured in a diving board related accident, contact the Wausau diving injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 1-800-248-0171 to discuss your case and to determine your legal options.

California Good Samaritan Killed in Accident

Posted on Thursday, August 21st, 2008 at 1:08 am    

A California Good Samaritan motorist who got out of his car to check on the victims of another car accident was killed when a passing car struck him.

The initial accident occurred when the driver of a Ford SUV went around a curve in a construction zone too quickly and skidded on some loose gravel. As a result, his car went into a barricade. The Good Samaritan stopped to check on the first driver. While the two men were talking, a third car went around the curve. This car too was going too quickly and also skidded on loose gravel.

California police are ruling that the entire incident could have been avoided if the drivers of the two crashed cars would have slowed down to the recommended speed. The accidents took place in a construction zone with a posted recommended speed of 25 miles per hour. The fatal crash was the second in two weeks.

Texas Wrongful Death Suit Settled

Posted on Tuesday, August 12th, 2008 at 6:08 am    

On Easter Sunday 2007, 50-year old Penny Sue Thomson was driving through Forth Worth, Texas. Also in the car were her six year old granddaughter and ten year old grandson. As they passed through an intersection, 53 year old Larry Dean Roberts, who was driving a tractor trailer, failed to observe a stop sign and collided with Thomson’s vehicle. Thomson and her granddaughter will killed, while her grandson sustain serious injuries.

On August 11, 2008, the parents of the injured children settled out of court with Joe Swinson of Swinson Excavating, Stoney Point Agricorp., Inc. The parents, Corey and Lisa Moore, had filed wrongful death and serious injury lawsuits against Roberts’ employer. They received $5.1 million in the settlement.

For more information about wrongful death or severe injury lawsuits, contact Wausau truck accident attorneys Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®.