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Accidental drowning: The silent killer of Pennsylvania children

Did you know that a child can drown in less than five minutes in a swimming pool in Pennsylvania? Often, those around the child never even notice that an accidental drowning is occurring -- swimming pools can be silent killers. Statistics show that, nationwide, drowning is the second-highest cause of death for children under the age of five. Only motor vehicle accidents cause more fatalities in that age group. As a consequence, homeowners are urged to protect their children and others from premises liability by improving their own backyard safety.

Who is liable for dog bites?

If you are bitten by a friend's dog while visiting their Philadelphia home, you may want to file a claim against their homeowner's insurance. Under those circumstances, the dog's owner doesn't experience economic hardship (although their insurance rates may rise precipitously). The insurance company will pay out the claim in a settlement, or if it goes to court and you prevail, in a judgment.

How can surface conditions contribute to slip and fall accidents?

A large percentage of the personal injury suits that are filed every year in Pennsylvania are related to slips, trips and falls. Premises liability accidents are caused by a variety of factors, including the weather, building lighting and pavement maintenance. Philadelphia premises liability attorneys can help those victims of slip-and-fall accidents learn more about their legal rights in court throughout the civil litigation process.

Property owner liability could come into play in circus accident

A terrifying incident at an East Coast circus left several acrobats injured when a suspension mechanism failed, sending them plunging to the ground. At least three of the acrobats were listed in critical condition, with a total of 11 injured. Three of the victims were working on the ground at the time of the incident. Questions about property owner liability are almost certain to arise in the incident, which occurred not far from Pennsylvania in Providence, Rhode Island, on May 4.

Nearby state passes sweeping dog bite legislation reform

Most Pennsylvania residents would assume that any dog owner would be held responsible if the animal attacked a human. Although that seems reasonable, the fact remains that many states still do not use strict liability principles to govern cases involving dog bites. Nearby neighbor Maryland, however, has made a step to equalize dog bite legislation by eliminating provisions designed to marginalize so-called "dangerous" breeds. Under the pending legislation, victims will be able to successfully seek financial compensation for injuries suffered during a dog bite attack, no matter the breed of dog.

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