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Health Hazards are commonly brought under several theories of tort liability. Asbestos lawsuits are a common example of this, as are toxic mold lawsuits and even food poisoning cases. Essentially, these claims can be brought under theories of strict liability, negligence, breach of warranty or even fraud. If there is a strict liability statute, then the responsible person will be held under very strict scrutiny. Some products liability cases, involving hazardous drugs, fall under this type of scrutiny. Under a negligence theory, the responsible person would have to owe a duty to the injured and will have breached that duty. A breach of warranty duty applies in some states, where the health hazard exists because of faulty workmanship.

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The Joneses just got a brand new, backyard swimming pool for the summer. And while you're not worried about keeping up with them, you might be worried about keeping your kids safe.

Accidental drownings in swimming pools occur so frequently, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has an entire site dedicated to pool safety. So are the Joneses responsible for putting a fence around their new pool?

3 Common Nursing Home Injuries

In the United States, the CDC reports that more than 1.4 million adults older than 65 years live in nursing home. This number will rise to about 3 million in 2030.

With so many people turning to nursing homes for care in their old age, it's astonishing to think about how common injuries are in nursing homes. Some injuries may just be incidental to age. However, many injuries are due to neglect, abuse, or dangerous conditions in the nursing homes.

Here are three common nursing home injuries to watch out for:

We normally think of exercise equipment as inherently healthy, but a CEO's recent death has many wondering about the health risks of using treadmills.

Dave Goldberg, CEO of SurveyMonkey and husband of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, died last week after falling and striking his head while using a treadmill. Goldberg's death was a shock to Silicon Valley and a wake-up call to the 50 million Americans who use them that treadmills may be dangerous.

Every state requires all drivers to carry auto insurance. And Obamacare now requires everyone to have health insurance. Facing these laws, many people’s first thought is to get the absolute minimum insurance required, in order to save money.

While this may seem like the most fiscally responsible move in the short term, not having more than the minimum insurance coverage could end up costing you later.

5 Insurance Terms to Know

Insurance is more complicated than it should be. Yet, it pervades all areas of our lives, from health insurance, to car insurance, to home insurance.

To deal with this major part of your life, here are five insurance terms you should know:

Nothing says sunshine and relaxation like a bout of vomiting and diarrhea. Yuck!

More than 200 passengers on two cruise ships, Royal Caribbean's Legend of the Seas and Celebrity's Infinity, have been struck low with norovirus. The CDC is currently investigating the norovirus outbreak and monitoring clean up procedures on the two ships.

If you are one of the poor souls who got sick on a cruise ship, can you sue?

Maybe you don't like needles. Maybe you don't want to spend the last months of your life undergoing chemotherapy.

It's your body, but do you have the right to refuse medical treatment?

If you have ever had food poisoning, you have our sincerest sympathies.

Food poisoning is the result of consuming food contaminated with a bacteria or virus. Symptoms of food poisoning include fever, headache, nausea, diarrhea, and dehydration. Food poisoning can be caused by unclean hands when cooking, undercooked or raw foods, and improper storage which transmit the bacteria and viruses.

Here are three most common types of food poisoning:

Several lawsuits and even an Olympic athlete are alleging that the popular birth control method NuvaRing is dangerous and possibly deadly. The lawsuits claim the ring causes blood clots, which, if they reach the lungs, can cause fatal pulmonary embolisms and cardiac arrest.

These accusations have continued after Merck, NuvaRing's manufacturer, paid $100 million last year to settle numerous lawsuits.

3 Easter Injuries to Avoid

Easter is only a few days away! Are you ready?

Easter is a religious holiday for some people. For the rest of us, Easter means fluffy bunnies and chicks, candy, pretty decorated boiled eggs, and the vicious Easter egg hunt. Although, the Easter festivities aren't all fun and games. They can be fraught with hazards.

Here are three Easter injuries to avoid: