Fourth of July or Independence Day, one of the biggest holidays in the US is just around the corner. As is it for many years now, we can expect the sky to light up with amazing firework displays all over the country.  And even though we at Schenk Podolsky wish that you have a festive time with family and friends, it’s important that you stay safe when handling fireworks in order to avoid getting injured. Before you sit on your lawn chair and ignite those fuses, please keep in mind the following fireworks safety tips:

  • Do not mix alcohol and fireworks. Alcohol Is well know that it impairs our judgment and focus. So make sure that the one responsible for your fireworks display is a sober adult.
  • One at a time – When using fireworks, make sure that you do so one at a time. Savor the moment, enjoy every firework display. It will keep the night sky lid up for a longer period of time.
  • Be aware of the ‘duds’ – Not all fireworks are duds as soon as they go off. So in order to avoid injuries, make sure that you wait at least 20 minutes before soaking the fireworks in water.
  • Be prepared – Make sure that you have a bucket of water or a water hose ready, just in case you need it to put out potential fires.
  • Keep an eye on your children – You might want to let your children handle snapping fireworks. However, keep in mind that even sparkers can cause injuries.
  • Pet are important too – Loud noises and flashes can terrify your pets. They can get frightened and run away. So if you can, keep them indoors until the fireworks are done.
  • Remaining fireworks – Even though it’s highly unlikely that you will be left with some unused fireworks, but in case you do, make sure that you dispose them or store them somewhere safe. Douse them with water and place them in a metal trashcan.

Thousands of burn injuries are treated every year right around the 4thof July. So we hope that these tips will keep you and your family safe during the upcoming festivities.

Truck accidents are one of the most serious kind of accidents on motorways which can cause severe injuries or even death. Truck accident types in ArizonaIf the truck accident causes serious injuries, the truck driver might be liable and could pay a significant compensation to the victims of the accident.

In order to know what to do after a truck accident you first need to be familiar with the type of accidents there are and what may cause them.

What is a truck accident in Arizona?

In Arizona, trucks are defined as motor vehicles that are being used for carrying property for another entity, not for personal property. Usually, when people speak about trucks and truck accidents, they are referring to massive commercial trucks, for example:

  • 18-wheeleers
  • Semi-trucks
  • Dump trucks
  • Tow trucks
  • Gas trucks
  • Delivery trucks etc.

Common injuries caused by truck accidents

In the US, the average car weighs about 4,000 pounds while an average truck can weight 20 times more, so around 80,000 pounds. Because of the serious size difference, the injuries sustained in a truck accident are pretty serious. These normally include

  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Head injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Burn injuries
  • Internal bleeding
  • Traumatic brain injuries and
  • Amputations

What are the most common causes of truck accidents?

Even though truck accidents can occur for any number of reasons, usually they are grouped into two main categories: poorly maintained truck and the negligence of the truck driver. But if we break those down, we get a list of most common causes of truck accidents:

  • Poor road conditions
  • Distracted driving
  • Blind spots
  • Speeding
  • Tailgating
  • Overloaded trucks
  • Trucking company negligence
  • Unreasonable driving schedule

After conducting some investigation, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has identified a specific list of actions that lead to commercial truck accidents. These include

  • Decision – In 38% of the cases, the truck driver was making poor decisions while driving (driving too fast, tailgating, misjudged a situation ect.)
  • Recognition – In 28% of the cases the truck driver didn’t observe the entire situation before the accident properly because he was distracted by something.
  • Non-performance – 12% of truck accidents occurred because the driver either fell asleep due to fatigue or had a medical emergency or was physically impaired.
  • Vehicle – 10% of truck accidents occurred because the truck experienced some sort of failure
  • Performance – 9% of the accidents occurred because the truck driver wasn’t prepared for a certain scenario on the motorway, panicked and made a bad call
  • Environment – 3% of cases suggest that a truck accident occurred because of poor weather conditions such as heavy rain or fog

If you or your loved one was a victim of a truck accident in Arizona and you need legal advice, contact Schenk and Podolsky today and let us help you review your case and see if the accident was caused by negligent actions of others.

You can’t really predict when an accident will occur in your life. They are unexpected and can happen in an instant. On the other hand, the recovery Following doctor’s orders after an accidentafter an accident, both physical and financial, can take some time.

At Schenk Podolsky we’ve been handling injury cases in Arizona and have been guiding our clients through their legal journeys.

After your accident, it’s important to seek medical attention and follow your doctor’s order for the most optimal recovery.  So here’s a short list of tips on how to follow up and follow medical advices

Complications – After your accident it’s important that during your recovery, you do everything you can to avoid any complications. There’s a really go reason why your doctor gives you specific advice for your recovery period. These advices can be to improve mobility and not lose function in your injured limb, to properly clean and wash your wounds in order to avoid infection, to refrain from some foods and avoid certain drugs while you’re taking other types of medication and so on.

These recommendations and instructions are crucial in order to avoid serious complications that might have huge consequences. Furthermore, they might also help that a minor injury doesn’t turn into a serious problem.

Expert advice – Getting second and third opinions are fine although you should really focus on the opinion that you doctor gives you. After all, doctors are highly trained and educated professionals who dedicate their lives in helping the sick and injured. Doctors as medical experts have a comprehensive knowledge and understand what’s the best wait to treat your injuries in order to achieve maximum recovery.

Adjusting your treatment – When you follow your doctor’s orders and report back, the feedback that you provide is very beneficial because it shows to your doctor whether the treatment plan is working and how effective is it. You feedback provides the necessary information in order for your doctor to adjust the treatment if necessary or even explore entirely different treatment plans. So make sure that you tell your doctor whether you feel discomfort, have certain reaction to medication and so on.

The big picture – The long term goal of your follow-ups with the doctor and rehabilitation sessions is to achieve best long-term outcomes. And even though every injury is unique, patients that don’t follow-up regularly with their doctor or physical therapist, might not achieve the same level of recovery as other people. So make sure that you stick with your follow-up schedule and do your exercises with your physical therapist regularly.

Keeping track – Reports, notes from your doctor or therapist are a result of you following your doctor’s/therapist’s orders. There documents represent a timeline of your recovery, starting from the initial diagnosis, treatment plan and various stages of recovery. When a doctor or therapist reviews your documents, he can see clearly how much progress you made. Furthermore, the documents can also be a valuable source of proof when you decided to file an injury claim.

Insurance company techniques and tactics – WE are all aware that insurance providers would like to pay the victims as little as possible and they will use various arguments to achieve this e.g. advise you not to seek medical attention regularly and to follow up. By doing this, they can later on argument that your injuries weren’t so severe since you didn’t follow up with your doctor, and thus they will minimize your compensation. So instead of listening to the insurance company about your recovery and following up, make sure that you stick with the advice that your doctor and medical professionals gives you.

Gated communities are a choice for many because of the extra privacy and protection. Since most gated communities have security guards Premises liability – Gated Communityat the entrance, intrusion is difficult, but of course not impossible. When that happens, and someone breaks into your gated community, do you know what are your rights?

Gated communities can also have crimes just as your regular neighborhood. People can break into houses, stole property or even assault someone. However, when a gated community is not able to provide the things it promises i.e. security, then they can be liable.

It’s the gated community’s job to provide and maintain the security they promise to their residents. Which means that they must constantly work on repairing and improving the security measures that should provide said security.

Reduce property liability through maintenance

Gated communities can be liable for any injury or damage which happens because they failed to make necessary repairs and improvements on the security. So for example if the community fails to repair the gate (after it breaks down) in a timely manner and this allows an intruder to break in and cause someone harm, then the gated community could be considered negligent.

Better security

Usually gated communities have a secure gate, a security guard and a patrolling guard. With all these measures, it’s safe to assume that the residents should feel pretty safe. All the staff that is hired by the community should be qualified for that position and must provide the necessary security. The gated community could also be considered negligent if they have poor hiring practices and they hire people that is not qualified enough to provide the security that the community promises.

Lower property liability through security access

Gated community security is further controlled by the gate access. You can see that some gated communities have a security guards at the gate while others have security key pads that allow you to enter the community. Permitting someone to enter the community without properly identifying them, the community could be held reliable for that too, if the person causes any injuries or damage to the community residents.

Local Crime

It’s your gated community’s obligation to warn you about local crime activity. If some of the residents suffer damage or injury and the community fails to warn you about local crime, then they could be held accountable for that as well. If your neighborhood had recently experienced acts of burglary, break-ins, assault etc. then your community is obligated to warn you about those.

If you live in a gated community and you suffered an injury or damage as a result of security issues, contact us today and get familiar with your rights.