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Stay Safe on Memorial Day 2022

Stay Safe on Memorial Day 2022

May 26, 2022 | Personal Injury

On Memorial Day 2020, we FaceTimed with friends.

On Memorial Day 2021, we cautiously went out the door with masks covering our faces.

Memorial Day 2022 may be about as normal as an early summer holiday will ever be again.

Over thirty million Americans are expected to be on the road during the last weekend in May 2022. That’s almost as many travelers as there were in the before pandemic times.

Being hurt at home is bad enough. Getting injured away from home is even worse.

Many people don’t know where to turn in these situations, especially if their health insurance denies coverage.

Our experienced New York personal injury attorneys are on the case. We routinely handle complex personal injury claims on a nationwide basis.

So, if you were hurt on the road, at another person’s home, or at a business establishment, we can help obtain the compensation you need and deserve.

Eating

In the past, we’ve added information about the consumption of hot dogs and other such foods. For Memorial Day 2022, we’ll stick with food safety issues. Dangerous food packaging, a chronic problem in America, has been in the news recently.

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are chemicals that form bonds between two substances. These chemicals are common in products like non-stick frying pans and Stainmaster carpet.

PFAS chemicals in food packages go directly into the consumer’s body. According to Consumer Reports, restaurant chains that use high levels of PFAS in food packages, like burger wrappers, include:

  • Arby’s cookies,
  • Taco Bell chips,
  • Burger King cookies,
  • Chick-fil-A sandwiches,
  • McDonald’s french fries, and
  • Nathan’s sides.

PFAS is one of the most dangerous carcinogens in the world. These chemicals have also been connected with liver disease and other serious health issues.

The companies which manufacture PFAS-laced products for restaurants like Arby’s and McDonald’s are often strictly liable for the injuries these defective products cause.

Driving

For many people, Memorial Day and alcohol consumption go hand in hand. Usually, local law enforcement agencies are on the lookout for drunk drivers during this holiday weekend.

Alcohol causes about a third of the fatal car crashes in New York.

The issue could be alcohol intoxication or alcohol impairment.

Most people are intoxicated, which means they have lost the normal use of their mental and/or physical faculties, after three or four drinks. Alcohol impairment, which is basically a dangerous restriction in one or both areas, begins with the first drink.

Individuals are legally and morally responsible for alcohol-related wrecks.

The restaurant, bar, or other commercial entity that provided the alcohol could be financially responsible for these wrecks, under New York’s dram shop law.

So, even though a drunk driving wreck appears straightforward, it’s usually complex. Only the most experienced New York personal injury attorneys should handle such claims.

Camping

Most people set up their tents in state parks and other approved camping areas.

The operators of these areas have a legal duty to provide safe camping environments. That’s especially true if, as is commonly the case, the campers paid any money to secure the campsite.

Obviously, no one can control all the risks in outdoor environments.

Nature is very unpredictable. However, campsite owners can address known hazards, like existing snake infestations. Campsite owners must also be prepared for the unexpected. Storm shelters and other such amenities should be available.

Frequently, campers sign boilerplate liability waivers before their trips.

Even more frequently, these waivers are embedded in a terms of service agreement, and campers don’t know they agree to them. In either case, this waiver is most likely an unenforceable contract of adhesion. Therefore, injury compensation is usually available.

Swimming

Swimmers on Memorial Day 2022 face three kinds of possible hazards. Compensation is usually available for victims of:

  • Drownings: A few moments below the surface of the water could cause a lifelong brain injury, even if the victim survives the drowning. Owner negligence, usually a lack of supervision, and defective pool drains are the most common causes of swimming pool drownings.
  • Falls: Wet surfaces near pools often cause serious falls. Swimming pool owners do have a legal duty to keep the pool area reasonably safe.
  • Poisonings: Low chlorine levels often cause dangerous bacteria to grow and multiply, especially if the water is relatively warm. High chlorine levels could cause chemical burns. Both these injuries are especially serious for people with certain pre-existing conditions.

This compensation usually includes money for economic losses, such as medical bills, and noneconomic losses, such as pain and suffering. Additional punitive damages might be available as well, in some extreme cases.

Have a safe and happy Memorial Day 2022. If you have questions related to health and safety, reach out to the experienced personal injury lawyers in New York at Napoli Shkolnik PLLC.

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