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Who Is Liable for Injury on Private Beaches?

Owning private beachfront property is a dream for many and attainable for only a lucky few. But those who don’t live the dream can still enjoy private beaches.

In fact, many states encourage property owners to allow recreational use of private lands by limiting liability. State statutes vary and the specifics are important, so do check local law before making any assumptions about going to the beach. In the interim, let’s consider some general principles.

Baby Bike Seat and Trailer Injuries

You are a parent and you want to take your kid with you everywhere. Whether you have a little backpack to carry the tyke or a seat mounted on the back of your bike, yours is a mobile and active baby. Now you are considering getting a bike trailer. Should you do it and what kinds of injuries might occur? Let's consider.

When determining whether a specific injury will be covered by workers’ compensation insurance, the deciding factor is whether the injury was work-related. Did it happen while you were working? Or because of the kind of job you were doing? Were you on your way to work or at a work function? Answers to these questions will determine if you can get workers’ comp for your injury.

But does that mean any and all injuries are covered by workers’ compensation insurance? Here are ten injuries that people most often wonder about when it comes to workers’ comp, and how to figure out if you’re covered.

Elevators aren’t even a luxury anymore — they’re a necessity. From ferrying office folk to the top of skyscrapers to making the morning commute possible for people who use wheelchairs, some of us don’t go a day without using an elevator.

And anything used with that much frequency is bound to see its share of accidents. So when can you sue if you’re injured in an elevator? Here’s what you need to know:

New Skyscraper Slide Named in Injury Lawsuit

Have you ever been atop a tall building and been tempted to jump? If so, you are not alone. Now, you can give something a little like that a try and survive if you're visiting Southern California. But you might still get hurt. A skyscraper in Los Angeles boasting the Skyslide -- an attraction made of glass and attached to the outside of the 70th floor of the U.S. Bank Tower, the tallest American building west of Chicago -- is facing its first injury lawsuit.

Businesses that open their doors to the public also open themselves up to lawsuits. The law places a great deal of responsibility on stores, shops, and small business owners to provide a safe environment, as well as safe products, to their customers, and when a business fails to meet that responsibility, it could be liable for any injuries that occur.

Here are three common types of business negligence, and when you can sue:

Medical Malpractice for Doctor's Use of Outdated Medical Equipment

When you go to the doctor or hospital, you probably don't judge the equipment. Unless you work in a field that deals with your particular injury or illness, it is unlikely that you know about the latest innovations in medicine. As such, you may not realize when negligence has occurred.

Medical malpractice can happen for all kinds of reasons, including using old and outdated medical equipment. This kind of negligence is often particularly difficult to uncover because it requires a certain expertise in order to understand how things went wrong and what might have been expected. Given this, we should be aware of the possibility of medical malpractice connected to equipment.

This is another in our series on car accident claims. Many of us experience an accident, but do we really know what do to, how to get help, or what our rights are? This series can help.

It's almost become cliché to complain about back or neck pain after a car accident. But there's a reason it's such a common complaint. Car accidents, even simple fender benders, can be jarring -- there's a lot of weight and force exerted on the human body during a car crash. And while seat belts are designed to keep you secure in the car, they can't keep your spine in perfect alignment during an accident.

So if you've been in a car accident and are feeling neck or back pain, here are three things to do to protect your legal rights:

Elderly Woman in Utah Is First US Zika Virus Victim to Die

An elderly woman in Utah who traveled abroad seems to be the victim of the first Zika virus-related death in the U.S. Her lab results came back positive for Zika after her death, however, and the virus is not thought to be the only cause for the woman’s demise.

Little has been disclosed about this first Zika victim in the US due to health privacy laws, reports Fox News. Officials won’t even release the names of the places where she traveled and may have contracted the virus. The death is shrouded in mystery and it raises questions about Zika liability issues. 

Prescription drugs can save our lives. Whether for diabetes, heart disease, or even schizophrenia or autism, certain medications not only improve our quality of life, but help us live it. But every drug has its intended effects and its unintended side effects, and some of those side effects can be dangerous, even deadly.

If a drug company fails to warn patients or doctors about certain side effects, they could be on the hook for any injuries or death. Here are five pharmaceutical drugs involved in current litigation over dangerous and deadly side effects.