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The 4th of July is officially upon us! Most people are focused on planning barbecues, fireworks, pool parties and drinking right about now. While there is nothing wrong with a good party, Independence Day festivities can sometimes lead to severe injuries. What you may not even know is that the 4th of July is one of the deadliest holidays. However, most of the injuries suffered on this holiday are entirely preventable.  

Being aware of the most common injuries can help you avoid them. When you know what to look out for, you can take extra safety precautions and be prepared. The following is a breakdown of the injuries seen on the 4th of July holiday:  

Car Accidents

The National Safety Council estimated that 466 people were killed and 53,600 more suffered serious injuries in auto accidents during the three-day 4th of July holiday period last year. Sadly, this was an all-time record.

Drunk driving is one of the biggest causes of car accidents. If you plan to drink this 4th of July, please make alternative plans for getting home safe. There are too many outlets nowadays (Uber, Lyft, taxis, DDs, etc.) for you to not be able to avoid driving drunk. If you cannot find a ride, then stay put! Don’t jeopardize your life or anyone else’s because you had too much to drink.  

Fireworks Injuries

Fireworks are fun, but also quite dangerous! If you want our advice: leave the fireworks to the professionals!

If you’re planning a holiday fireworks show, you  should be aware that not all fireworks are legal in Florida. Even if you see it at a store or roadside stand, this does not mean that it is legal to buy or use it.

The only fireworks legal for use by consumers who don’t possess a special permit are sparklers. If you’re unsure of what fireworks are legal, the Florida Fire Marshall publishes a full list of legal sparklers each year, and you can view the list here.

Please keep in mind that in Florida, possession or use of illegal fireworks is classified as a misdemeanor. Violating this law can result in fines up to $1,000 and up to one year behind bars.

Heat Stroke

It is hot! If you stay outside too long in the hot sun, you could be at risk for dehydration and heat stroke. If you feel weak, faint, confused, dizzy, or have a headache, this is a sign to get to a shaded area and drink some water.  

Swimming Injuries

Swimming and alcohol do not mix. When people become drunk and are near large bodies of water or a swimming pool, they can make poor judgement calls that can result in serious injuries, or even death.

Make sure all children are supervised by an adult when swimming. Drowning accidents and other tragedies can occur in the blink of an eye.

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Police say a 5-year-old boy drowned in a backyard swimming pool at a Jacksonville home.

Neighbors called the homeowner Wednesday afternoon after a child went missing. The homeowner was working nearby so he checked his backyard surveillance video on his cellphone and saw a child in the pool. He called 911 and rushed home.

According to reports, the man pulled the boy from the pool and rescue workers rushed him to the hospital.

The child lived around the corner from the home with the pool. The homeowner said the yard is fully fenced in but because of rescuers coming and going it was difficult to tell whether the gate had been secured.

Swimming pools are intended to be areas for play, parties and a summer of outdoor fun. Sadly, swimming pools can also be the reason behind a family’s greatest tragedy. It takes just a few seconds for a near-drowning and drowning accident to change a person’s life and a family’s future.

If you have a pool on your property there are several ways you can keep the area safe for children. The most important thing is to install several types of protective equipment.  A pool fence that is the correct height to prevent children from climbing over them, and a pool cover is essential. When installing a pool fence,  it needs to be four sided and it must lock and latch correctly.  A pool cover should be installed so that even if a child gets in, the cover can prevent them from falling into the water. The cover should be able to withstand the pressure of a falling child so that it does not buckle beneath them.

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Our Florida Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton would like to wish everyone a very happy Fourth of July! The Fourth of July holiday is usually centered around fun, and many of us celebrate the long weekend with friends and family, but like many other holidays, risks of accidents and injuries tend to increase during this time.

To help you keep yourself and your loved ones safe this weekend, we would like for everyone to review the below safety tips:

Firework Safety

Many people around the state of Florida want to light of a few fireworks of their own, regardless of the fact that Florida law prohibits any fireworks that fly through the air or explode — such as Roman candles, bottle rockets and mortars — for recreational use. If you plan to light off your own, remember these important tips:

  • Always follow instructions and never provide fireworks to small children.
  • Use fireworks in a safe area and never throw or point fireworks toward people, vehicles, structures, or flammable materials.
  • Do not light multiple fireworks at once and never attempt to relight a “dud” firework that did not go off the first time.

Drunk Driving

Sadly, drunk driving accidents, injuries, and deaths are consistently high during Fourth of July weekend. If you plan on celebrating ‘Merica’s Birthday with a few cocktails, make sure to drink responsibly or plan a safe ride home. Designate a sober driver, or call a cab or transportation service like Uber or Lyft. Remember, law enforcement officers will be on the lookout for drunk and/or drugged motorists.

Grilling Safety

Barbecues are always a Fourth of July staple. Did you know that numerous people suffer injuries when barbecuing on charcoal and gas grills? Make sure to never grill indoors,  refrain from adding lighter fluid when charcoal has already been ignited, and always follow instructions.

Water Safety

It’s hot in Florida! Most Floridians and visitors to our state will be by the beach, lake, or enjoying the water at backyard pool parties this weekend. When having fun near or in the water, safety should be your top priority. Adults should always supervise children and you should drink responsibly, as well as have an emergency action plan in case something goes awry.

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A 3-year-old boy drowned Tuesday night at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, according to deputies.

The call came in around 8 p.m. to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies claim the boy got separated from his parents and drowned in the pool. He was transported to Celebration Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The family was visiting from New York.

6989405560_761828d79f_zFlorida, especially the Orlando and central Florida area, is home to a great number of water parks. Children of all ages love water parks, and they are an ideal destination for many families who enjoy the wave pools, slides and fun. However, if waterparks are not properly operated or staffed, they can be quite dangerous, especially for young or inexperienced swimmers. Children can easily get trapped by drains that are missing their covers or they can hit their heads while on a slide other ride and become incapacitated in the water.

Waterpark operators have a legal responsibility to take adequate steps to ensure the water park is free from any hazards. This may include making sure the rides are built, maintained and inspected properly. Additionally, this also includes ensuring that drains are working properly and safety equipment is in working condition. Water parks must also ensure they are staffed accordingly. They must have enough lifeguards, and these lifeguards must be properly trained to perform their duties.

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When a serious injury or wrongful death happens due to an amusement park accident, a thorough investigation needs to be conducted. While amusement parks, including waterparks, have plenty of insurance and plenty of lawyers to protect them when accidents arise to keep the blame away from them, having your own personal injury lawyer can be essential to the outcome of your case. Having good legal counsel in your corner can help you you recover the rightful compensation you need.

Kentucky Kingdom’s Hurricane Bay is currently the subject of two lawsuits alleging that staff allowed customers to use the wrong inner tube for a certain water slide. Two patrons have come forward and filed suits against Kentucky Kingdom for injuries that occurred after falling out of the slide.

3742344019_02fc3b4182_zThe lawsuit claims that improperly sized inner tubes were the culprit in these two cases. Both allege they were given “the wrong size inner tubes,” which resulted in them tipping over and becoming injured.

It’s not entirely clear which ride the pair were on when they were injured, but the lawsuit clearly states that they blame Kentucky Kingdom and its staff for their injuries. One of the injury victims suffered a shoulder injury after the fall while the other suffered a head injury “which causes her seizures,” according to reports.

If it can be demonstrated that the Hurricane Bay ride’s operators were in fact negligent in giving the two individuals the wrong-sized inner tubes, Hurricane Bay could be found liable for the injuries that resulted. Negligent operation of rides as well as the improper maintenance of a ride are quite common ways for theme parks to be found liable in these types of cases.

If you or a loved one was injured at an amusement park or water park, a Florida Amusement Park Injury Lawyer at Whittel & Melton can help. Our team of attorneys work with experts to determine exactly how the accident happened. Additionally, we enlist the help of medical and financial experts to document the full scope of injuries, the long-term consequences and the full financial costs associated with an amusement park accident.

Amusement park rides and water slides must be designed properly, regularly inspected for maintenance and stay under close supervision in order to prevent accidents. When something goes wrong on these rides, the resulting injuries can be life changing.

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A Wet ‘n Wild worker remains in critical condition after he was trapped under water while cleaning one of the pools at the theme park Tuesday morning, according to officials.

Orlando police responded to the scene at 10:07 a.m. where an “industrial accident” was reported at the Universal Orlando park.

Another employee called for help while a third worker pulled the trapped man out of the water, according to a police spokeswoman.

The man was treated at the scene before he was transported to Dr. P. Phillips Hospital.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating.

6824203406_8c49853290_mA Universal Orlando spokesman made the following statement: “At the moment, our attention is focused on assisting our team member and his family. We are also working to understand exactly what happened, but have nothing else to share at this time.”

Water parks are a great way to cool off from Florida’s hot summer months, but as this case shows, they can also lead to pretty serious accidents resulting in severe personal injuries and even death. If the park’s owners fail to take certain precautions, such as making sure all rides are functioning properly, eliminating slippery surfaces, maintaining their property or properly training lifeguards and other staff members, serious consequences can result. Water park negligence in Florida can place many people, including patrons and employees alike, at risk of suffering traumatic brain injuries, skull fractures, spinal cord injuries, neck and back injuries, broken bones, paralysis, drowning and death.

While we usually hear about visitors and guests suffering injuries at an amusement park, keep in mind that employees of amusement parks are also vulnerable to injuries from accidents. Should an unfortunate incident lead to a workplace injury, an employee could be entitled to workers’ compensation. Moreover, if a work-related injury is the fault of another party’s negligence, a personal injury claim seeking financial compensation for damages can be filed against the responsible party.

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A faulty pool light is the center of an investigation into the death of a 7-year-old Miami boy who was electrocuted as he swam while under the care of a longtime nanny.

Police quickly determined that the 7-year-old was electrocuted on April 13 after receiving a severe jolt that catapulted him out of the water as he raced across the backyard pool at his home.

However, police claim the investigation is far from over, as they need to determine what exactly caused the accident.

swimming poolThe light in question is a single circular beam in the deep end of the family’s Keystone Point pool, which is now empty and without power. After the tragic accident, the light was found encased in steel that is rusted and burned.

The boy’s father told police that he noticed the pool light was not turning on about nine months ago. He apparently hired a contractor to fix it.

According to a city spokeswoman, North Miami requires permits and inspections on pool electrical work that is more complicated than simply changing a light bulb. According to city building department records, no permits were pulled and no inspections were done at the family’s home in the past year.

According to family members, electricians that inspected the light switch to the pool said that it didn’t seem to be grounded properly, meaning power that should have been averted from the pool was instead likely going directly into it. The power source could have been as much as 120 volts.

The 7-year-old and his 22-year-old brother were in the pool when the older man felt a shock and jumped out of the pool, yelling at his brother to do the same. The boy was apparently underwater and did not hear his brother.

Neighbors raced to the home and performed CPR on the boy before Miami-Dade paramedics took over.

As this case shows, electricity near the water presents many problems. Electric shock cannot only cause serious physical problems, but can lead to near-drowning or drowning accidents. All residential pools, as well as public swimming pools and other locations that often use electrical equipment in and around the water must be inspected on a regular basis to ensure they do not pose any risks to swimmers or other people in the area.

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A 4-year-old child died Monday after being found unresponsive in a swimming pool on a Norwegian Cruise Line ship off the North Carolina coast.

A 6-year-old boy was also found in the pool Monday morning, but a medical team was able to revive the boy and he was flown to a hospital.

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A 4-year-old child died Monday after being found unresponsive in a swimming pool on a Norwegian Cruise Line ship. A 6-year-old boy was also found in the swimming pool and was airlifted to a hospital by helicopter.

A Marine helicopter flew to the Norwegian Breakaway about 40 miles off Cape Lookout to pick up the 6-year-old child. The helicopter flew the boy and his grandmother to the hospital. There is no word yet on the child’s condition.

The cruise line claims that a medical team on the ship performed CPR on the two children, but the younger child died. No additional information has been released from the cruise line.

The 4,000-passenger ship is based in New York and was travelling to Florida.

Drowning accidents can happen in a matter of minutes and with little to no warning. Children who are submerged under water start to lose consciousness after approximately two minutes. Brain injury tends to occur after a child has been under water between four and six minutes. Children that survive near drowning accidents without any neurological damage are usually found within two minutes of being underwater. In most cases, drowning fatalities occur after a victim has been left under water for more than 10 minutes.

Even if a child does survive a near drowning accident, they can still be left to suffer lifelong consequences, including permanent brain damage. Once a child has been submerged between four and six minutes, sadly, the damage done to the brain is usually irreparable.

Cruise ship passengers expect to be taken care of while on vacation, as they should be. As soon as travelers set foot aboard a cruise ship their lives are placed in the hands of crew members, who may not be trained to handle unexpected emergencies. The reality is cruise ships can be very dangerous vessels, and a tragic accident can happen in the blink of an eye.

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Thumbnail image for 1153472_taking_the_plunge.jpgA 5-year-old boy remained in critical condition Wednesday after falling off a 10-foot diving board at an Altamonte Springs high school.

The child had apparently joined the aquatics team and was learning to dive.

According to police, the child slid under a handrail and fell off the side of the board around 4:45 p.m. Tuesday. He suffered severe head trauma after hitting the pool deck.

An estimated 13,000 diving-board related injuries occur every year that are serious enough to require emergency medical care, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Diving board injuries can happen while mounting the board, while on the board or even during a dive off the board. Despite the causes, diving board accidents can result in severe and catastrophic injuries, including:

Traumatic Brain Injuries
• Spinal Cord Injuries
• Neck and Back Injuries
• Broken Bones
• Paralysis
• Lacerations, Scrapes and Bruises

The medical care required to treat such debilitating injuries can be quite expensive. As the victim of a diving board accident on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to recover monetary damages for your losses.

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Two unrelated incidents off Fort De Soto Park at the end of April spotlight the hazards the public can face as warm spring weather moves in and people return to the water.

A 50-year-old paddle boarder has been missing since April 28 when his board was found near the north entrance of the Manatee River and his car found near Fort De Soto Park. The search has been called off, but officials still hope to locate the missing man.

The following day, a 56-year-old Clearwater woman apparently drowned in the waters near Fort De Soto’s North Beach picnic area.

While weather may not have been a factor in these two incidents, they do show people that they should exercise caution anytime they are in or near the waters, even during as placid a season as spring.

According to a Bay News 9 meteorologist, when cold fronts from winter continue to mesh with the warmer air and water spring brings, strong gusts and rip currents can be produced making it dangerous to swim or kayak or canoe or paddleboard in the open water.

Local safety experts warn the public that those erratic winds should be the top worry of anyone planning to venture into the water this spring.

Gusts of wind can create several problems for swimmers. They can create currents parallel to the shore that can carry swimmers along with them — and away from their part of the beach.

Even more perilous are strong rip currents that can sweep swimmers away from shore, and possibly fatigue those who try to fight.

Experts advise taking the following safety precautions into consideration before embarking on any water expedition:

• If operating a boat, kayak, canoe or paddleboard always make a float plan. This provides
someone with the knowledge of where you’re going and the ability to call for help if you don’t
make it back in time.

• Everyone planning a day on the water needs to check the forecast, as well as the lifeguard flags that indicate swimming conditions.

• If caught in a rip current, do not try and swim against it. Do not panic. Swim parallel until the current lessens its hold on you.

• Know and respect your limitations.

Pasco County boasts more than 30 beaches, parks and preserves that provide residents and visitors with fantastic recreational opportunities. Unfortunately accidents where people play, swim and boat can and do occur. The Florida Personal Injury Attorneys at Whittel & Melton advocate on behalf of victims injured in boating, swimming and water park injury cases. If your water-related accident was the result of someone else’s negligent actions, you may be entitled to compensation. At Whittel & Melton, we will aggressively fight for just compensation for your losses.

The Pasco County Personal Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can help you recover compensation for personal injuries, wrongful deaths and other damages resulting from:

• Jet Ski Accidents
• Accidental Drowning
• Defective Safety Equipment
• Insufficient Warnings
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Charter Boat Accidents

• Pleasure Boat Accidents
• No Lifeguard on Duty
• Poorly Trained Lifeguards
• Inadequate Swimming Pool Design
• Motel and Hotel Swimming Pool Negligence
• Water Park Injuries
Most insurance adjusters involved in water-related accidents are trained to deny claims. Don’t let insurance adjusters take advantage of the situation by settling for low amounts. When you are involved in an accident, it is important to understand that you have legal rights. At Whittel & Melton, we will seek maximum compensation for your injuries. In the event of a death, we can assist family members of a loved one pursue a wrongful death claim. While we cannot change what happened, we can help you recover financial compensation so that you can focus your efforts on healing.

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