Five Persons Killed in Outbreak of Legionnaire’s Disease

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At least six members of a retirement community in Ohio have been killed after contracting the deadly Legionnaire’s Disease bacteria.

At least six members of a retirement community in Ohio have been killed after contracting the deadly Legionnaire’s Disease bacteria. The outbreak occurred at a retirement community, and the outbreak is believed to have sickened at least 39 people who lived in the community since July this year.

In all cases, the victims were between the ages of 63 and 99. The outbreak has been linked to bacteria that were contained in an air-conditioning cooling tower, as well as several water sources inside the community. The victims are believed to have contracted a deadly and rare form of pneumonia.

The outbreak occurred at the Wesley Ridge Retirement Community in Reynoldsburg in Ohio. The outbreak was identified last month when some of the 225 members who lived at the retirement community reported symptoms of Legionnaire’s Disease. The retirement community then used high-temperature heating and chlorine to get rid of the bacteria in the contaminated water.

Legionnaire’s disease is contracted by breathing in water droplets that are contaminated with the bacteria. These bacteria are normally found in water, and very often multiply in large numbers, when they are contaminated in the water supplies of large buildings.

Investigations into the reasons for the contamination are currently ongoing.  Premises liability lawyers have also learnt of a similar outbreak   several miles away from this retirement community. The second outbreak was identified at an auto parts supplier, elsewhere in Ohio, where at least one person died from the disease.

According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, between 8,000 and 18,000 people are hospitalized from Legionnaire’s Disease every year. The weak, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems may be at a much higher risk of contracting the symptoms that resemble those of pneumonia.

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Woman Files Premises Liability Lawsuit after Candy Topples on Her

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A woman, who says that she suffered serious injuries after a massive bin of M&Ms collapsed on her at a store, has filed a premises liability lawsuit against the manufacturer of the candy dispenser.

A woman, who says that she suffered serious injuries after a massive bin of M&Ms collapsed on her at a store, has filed a premises liability lawsuit against the manufacturer of the candy dispenser.

According to the woman, the bin of light blue M&Ms toppled on her when she was shopping at Toys “R” Us. Both she and her husband have filed a lawsuit that seeks damages from Trade Fixtures, the company that manufactured the candy dispenser.

At one such candy dispenser that was located at a Toys “R” Us store, the woman was trying to swing the arm of the dispenser in order to release candy, when the entire bin collapsed and fell on top of.  In this case, the bin contained approximately 25 pounds of M&Ms.  The woman says that for a couple of seconds, she lost vision in her eyes, and her first thought was to protect her kids who were standing nearby.

The bin struck her on the forehead, leaving her with serious injuries and a twisted neck.  The woman says that as a result of the injury, she now suffers from debilitating headaches, as well as a herniated disc.  As a result of these injuries, she is no longer able to work, and this has resulted in a loss of income.  She also alleges that her injuries have affected her sex life.

The couple had earlier filed a lawsuit against Toys “R” Us in their home state, but in that case, the store employees as well as the store were not found negligent.  The couple also settled another lawsuit with the maker of M&Ms.

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Amusement Park Oversight in Focus after Deadly Six Flags Accident

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The death of a 52-year-old woman at a Texas Six Flags amusement park roller-coaster has once again focused attention on the lack of oversight of theme parks and amusement parks.

The death of a 52-year-old woman at a Texas Six Flags amusement park roller-coaster has once again focused attention on the lack of oversight of theme parks and amusement parks.  Those concerns are likely to be specifically high this summer, when attendance at amusement parks is at its peak.

The 52-year-old woman was riding the Texas Giant roller-coaster at the Six Flags over Texas in Arlington, when she seems to have slipped out of her lap belt.  She fell approximately 35 feet from the roller-coaster, and died instantly.

According to one witness on the ride, the woman had earlier expressed concerns to the ride operator, about the lap bar being insecure in the seat.  The amusement park as well as the German manufacturer of the ride have begun investigations into the accident.

However, no federal or local state law-enforcement agencies have planned an investigation into this six flags accident.  As a potential visitor to theme parks this summer, you should know that any injuries or fatalities that result in amusement parks are not subject to inspection by federal and state agencies.  Where an accident occurs in these parts, the park is not obligated to invite or open up the park for investigations by federal or state agencies.

This lack of oversight of a multibillion dollar industry that thrives on risk taking, can seem staggering, but it has been a fact in the amusement park industry for many years now.  In fact, since this recent fatal accident, some lawmakers have begun to raise calls for the federal government to get involved in regulating this industry, and strengthening oversight.

There are no federal regulations governing the industry, which means that different states can have different rules of their own.  That includes the rules governing the investigations of ride accidents when they occur.

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Increase in Dance Related Injuries

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New research finds a troubling increase in the number of dance-related injuries over the past few years.

No parent expects dance to be a potentially injurious activity.  In fact, dance classes are promoted as a great way for children to keep fit, and also to increase self-esteem and social awareness skills among little children.  However, new research finds a troubling increase in the number of dance-related injuries over the past few years.

According to research conducted by The Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio, dance injuries have increased by approximately 37%.  The researchers analyzed data involving children as well as teenage dancers over 17 years.  They found that dance- related injuries can involve more serious injuries and not just bruises and soreness.  In fact, many of these injuries were so serious that the children had to be rushed to the emergency room. Approximately 50% of the injuries that were studied as part of the analysis involved sprains and strains, and close to 50% involved injuries after a fall.

Over the course of the analysis of 17 years worth of data, the researchers found that more than 130,000 children and teenagers suffered injuries while dancing that necessitated a visit to the emergency department.  These injuries increased by approximately 37% over the study period.

In 2007, the researchers found that more than 1,000 children and teenagers suffered a dance -related injury and had to be treated in hospital emergency departments.  That works out to an average of approximately 23 children suffering an injury every day, and almost one dance-related injury involving a child every hour.

Dance classes for teenagers and young children have become extremely popular.  According to some statistics, in 2006, there were more than 6, 000 private dance studios in the country.  Approximately 3.5 million children took dance classes in school.

California premises liability lawyers are concerned that private dance studios may not be doing as much as they can to prevent dance-related injuries among children.

 

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