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It's summertime, meaning you're probably going to be spending some time around the pool during the next few months. Few things are more relaxing than being pooling on a sunny day, and, unfortunately, few places are as dangerous, to children and adults alike.

Sadly, accidents happen at swimming pools. And when they do, whose fault are they? That could depend on whose pool it is and the type of injury involved. Here's a look at pool safety and the law, from our archives:

On September 10, 2017, Spencer Hight walked into his estranged wife's home and opened fire on the football watch party she was hosting with an AR-15, killing her and seven of her guests. Before the shooting, Hight had been drinking at a bar down the street and was allegedly visibly intoxicated while he was being served.

Now parents of three of Hight's victims are suing the Local Public House in Plano, Texas, as well as the bartender who served him, claiming the bar was grossly negligent in failing to monitor Hight's alcohol consumption and continuing to serve Hight alcohol, and also that his intoxication was "a proximate cause" of the shooting.

When Should Parents Sue for Birth Asphyxia?

It sounds odd, but most of us parents love our kids so much, we've imagined all sorts of terrible and tragic ways they could get hurt. It's actually a sort of built-in function that allows us to anticipate danger and find ways to prevent it. Unfortunately, some danger and injuries are out of our hands.

One very early and potentially devastating injury a child can experience is birth asphyxia. However, there are a number of factors which can cause the condition, and not all of them are the result of someone's negligence. Therefore, it's not always clear when parents should sue for birth asphyxia.

Dancing Cosmetic Surgeon Faces New Lawsuit

You don't need your mechanic to be a good cook, your dentist to be a skilled juggler, or your butcher to be an inspiring poet. And you do not need your cosmetic surgeon to be a good dancer. In fact, all those in favor of making it illegal to dance while performing surgery, raise your hands. If you need more convincing, the wildly inappropriate videos of one Atlanta-based dermatologist might help, as will the lawsuits filed against the dancing doctor, with claims ranging from invasion of privacy to malpractice resulting in brain damage.

Gregory Hill, Jr., father of three children aged 13, 10, and 7, was shot and killed by two Florida sheriff's deputies in the garage of his home in 2014. According to official reports, deputies went to Hill's house in response to a noise complaint, and knocked on his front door at 3 p.m. After repeated knocking, Hill manually opened his garage door, then immediately put it back down. As the garage door closed, one deputy fired through the door, hitting Hill and killing him instantly.

The deputies claim Hill pointed a gun at them and refused orders to drop it. Other witnesses dispute that claim, and an unloaded firearm was allegedly found in Hill's back pocket after he was killed. Hill's family sued, and a jury awarded them $4: one dollar for funeral costs (which actually amounted to $11,000) and another dollar each for Hill's three young children. That award was then reduced to nothing. How did it all happen?

California Won't Regulate Elon Musk's Flamethrower

Summer's almost here, and that means BBQs, pool parties, and camping. And as fun as all that is, how many times have you thought, "You know what this party needs? A flamethrower"? Well, you're in luck. Not only are flamethrowers already available, but a recent effort to regulate Elon Musk's flamethrower has failed. So, you're relatively free to light it up. What could possibly go wrong?

Summer Beach Injuries: Who Is Liable?

At long last, summer weather is upon us. Barbecues, swimming pools, and farmer's tans are beckoning. And not to rain on your summertime parade, but it's important to remember that accidents and injuries can happen anywhere, even when you're just planning on a relaxing day at the beach. So, whether you're headed to Malibu, Cape Cod, or any of the beaches in between, we hope it'll be a blissful visit. But just in case, let's review some summer beach injuries and related liability issues.

We all know that workers' compensation benefits cover workplace injuries. If you're hurt on the job, you can still get paid for time you miss while recovering. What many of us may not know is whether those benefits cover our mental health, and whether we can get workers' comp for psychological conditions like anxiety, stress, or emotional distress.

And the answer, as with most legal questions, is a resounding "It depends."

Most landlords try to make their rental properties as attractive to new tenants as possible. After all, they want to be able to charge the highest rents and attract the best tenants possible. Obviously, this includes making the property as safe as possible.

But accidents happen. And when a tenant is injured on a landlord's property, questions about who's liable, and how do you prove it, can be rather complicated.

Nearly every day brings another story of an overturned conviction, and the list of exonerated death row inmates adds several names every year. Just last week, John Bunn, wrongfully arrested and convicted of killing a corrections officer when he was just 14, was exonerated based on tainted evidence produced by a detective who worked on the case.

And while it is nice that wrongfully convicted men and women are exonerated and released from prison, what about compensating them for the mistakes made in their prosecution? Here are four things you need to know about suing the police or prosecutors for being falsely accused and wrongfully arrested, prosecuted, or imprisoned.