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Playground Injuries Attorneys: Be Safe and Have Fun

Tips to Keep Kids Safe on Playgrounds

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According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), at least 200,000 children age 14 or younger are treated in emergency rooms each year for playground injuries. More than 10 percent of these are traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), and the rate of TBIs is rising.

Because public playgrounds are numerous and easily accessible, most kids spend their time on these rather than private playgrounds. Thus, the largest percentage of playground injuries take place on public facilities. In fact, it is estimated that seventy-five percent of playground injuries take place on public playgrounds. Monkey bars and climbing equipment are responsible for the highest number of injuries.

But despite the risks, we know kids love playgrounds and benefit from the exercise and social interaction. The good news: Adults can play a key role in keeping kids safe on their favorite playgrounds with these tips and resources:

Keep Your Kids Safe With These Tips

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Here are four top risks that cause playground injuries. Click for full size.
  • Areas underneath the equipment, known as fall surfaces, should be made of soft material such as wood chips, mulch, sand or rubber.
  • Inspect equipment for any piece (especially metal) that may be hot from the sun.
  • Watch for hazards or protrusions like bolts, hooks, stumps or rocks that could trip or cut children.
  • Look for neglected maintenance, such as rusty or broken equipment.
  • Make sure kids wear safe clothing. No loose scarves or hoodies with drawstrings, as these can become a strangulation hazard if entangled with equipment. Shoes should be comfortable for play and protect feet, like sneakers. Tie long hair back as well.
  • Make sure there are strong and sturdy guardrails to prevent falls.
  • Your children should be using age-appropriate equipment. Read all playground signs for warnings and instructions.
  • Most importantly, the best way to prevent injuries is parental supervision. Talk to your kids about appropriate playground behavior before you visit the playground and watch them while you’re there.

More Resources for Safe Playgrounds

To ensure your local playground is safe, the National Recreation and Parks Association has a network of Certified Playground Safety Inspectors (CPSI). The CPSI certification program provides comprehensive and up-to-date training on playground safety issues, including hazard identification, equipment specifications, surfacing requirements and risk management methods. To find your local CPSI, click here.

A thorough playground safety checklist and ranking tool, created by the National Program for Playground Safety, can be found here. If you see safety hazards or poorly maintained equipment, reach out to the owner as soon as possible. In most cases, this will be a school or park district.

Keeping our kids safe while out on the playground is an issue we can all get behind, and one that benefits the community as a whole. So let’s all get out there and have some fun!

Contact NH Playground Injuries Attorneys

If your child has been negligently injured on a playground, it is essential that you have competent legal representation from the onset of your case through litigation.  Big insurance companies have lawyers looking out for their interests and you should too! The New Hampshire playground injuries attorneys at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman, PLLC offer free initial consultations for NH injury victims. Call us at (603) 239-2489, complete a request for a consultation on our website, or send us an email.

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Here’s What You Should Do After a Crash

Vehicle accidents are an unfortunate reality in America. While injuries and deaths have been on the decline for several years, the trend has reversed this year. The NH car accident lawyers at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman, PLLC urge you to be prepared to protect your interests if you or a loved one are injured in a crash.

First 10 Minutes, First 10 Hours

As the NH car accident lawyers at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman know, keeping a level head after a crash isn’t easy, especially if there are injuries involved. First priority: make sure that help is on the way for anyone who needs medical attention. Then take steps to protect your interests. Learn how with this guide on what to do if you are involved in a roadway crash.

By The Numbers

An estimated 32,675 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2014, down slightly from 2013 but up from a record low of 32,479 in 2011. Source: NHTSA Data Resource Website

More than 1.7 million people participate annually – 67 million since 1964 – in the National Safety Council’s (NSC’s) defensive driving program. Click here to download NSC defensive driving tips. Source: Defensive Driving, National Safety Council

While two in three drivers report talking on a cell phone and driving in the past 30 days, nearly three in five say such behavior by other drivers is a serious threat to their own personal safety. Source: 2013 Traffic Safety Culture Index, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

New Avoidance Technologies Reduce Crashes

Crash avoidance technologies, such as automatic braking systems and adaptive headlights, are preventing accidents according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Read more about these new technologies (download report).

Decade of Action for Road Safety

The National Safety Council is urging all Americans to get involved in the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011–2020, an initiative of the World Health Organization. The goal: prevent road traffic deaths and injuries that could take the lives of 1.9 million people annually by 2020.

Graduated Driver Licensing Saves Lives

Motor vehicle crashes are the number-one cause of death for teens. Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) reduces the crash risk for new teen drivers 20 to 40 percent by emphasizing experience while minimizing hazards like nighttime driving. Look up GDL laws in New Hampshire.

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Contact Experienced NH Car Accident Lawyers

If you have been injured in a crash, it is essential that you have competent legal representation from the onset of your case through litigation.  Big insurance companies have lawyers looking out for their interests and you should too! The experienced New Hampshire personal injury attorneys at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman, PLLC offer free initial consultations to NH injury victims. Call us at (603) 239-2489, complete a request for a consultation on our website, or send us an email.

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New Hampshire Personal Injury Attorneys Selected a “Best Law Firm”

The New Hampshire personal injury attorneys at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman, PLLC new hampshire personal injury attorneys are honored to have been selected a “Best Law Firm” by U.S. News & World Report for 2017. Rankings for this recognition “are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process.”

Experienced New Hampshire Personal Injury Attorneys

Attorneys Maureen Raiche Manning and Anna Goulet Zimmerman have a combined 50 years of experience representing those who have been injured through no fault of their own. They are joined in the practice of law by associate attorney Michaila Oliveira who handles divorce and family law cases at the firm.

There are no up-front costs for our services. All personal injury cases are handled on a contingency basis, meaning that we are only paid for our services if we successfully recover damages from the responsible party. For a free consultation, call (603) 239-2315, email us at info@manningzimmermanlaw.com, or use the “contact us” form or chat feature on our website.

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Website Helps Disabled Reduce Living Expenses

According to the federal government’s census website, people living with a disability make up almost 20% of our population and are more than twice as likely to experience persistent poverty. To help reduce costs, Coupon Chief has created a guide that offers a great deal of information on different discount programs available to these individuals. The NH personal injury attorneys at the Law Office of Manning and Zimmerman, PLLC are pleased to share this information to help those living with disabilities with their day-to-day living expenses.

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Initial Medical Treatment Following a New Hampshire Motor Vehicle Accident

According to New Hampshire motor vehicle accident statistics compiled by the National Safety Council and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, despite the fact that there are an increasing number of safety features in automobiles, the number of car and truck crashes causing serious injuries continue to rise.

Following a New Hampshire motor vehicle accident, you will most likely be asked by paramedics and first responders at the scene how you are feeling and if you wish to be taken to the hospital.

Although you may not be feeling severe pain following a crash, it is still a good idea to be examined by the emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and consider immediately going to an emergency room (ER) or urgent care facility. Particularly with soft tissue neck, back, and shoulder injuries, the onset of pain and symptoms may not occur until days or even weeks following an accident.

This article will explore some treatment options you should consider following a New Hampshire motor vehicle accident and the way insurance companies will likely view these treatment decisions.

Emergency Room Care and Treatment

Immediately following a crash, it is important that you seek medical treatment at a hospital or urgent care center if you are injured – and that you not drive yourself. You are typically better off traveling in an ambulance or having a friend or family member come to the accident scene and take you to the hospital.

If an insurance company learns that you did not seek treatment immediately following a New Hampshire motor vehicle accident, it will negatively affect the way they value your personal injury case. The same is true if you drive yourself to an ER for treatment. Rightly or wrongly, insurance adjusters believe that if you did not seek immediate treatment following a crash, or if you were “well enough” to drive yourself to a hospital, then you must not have been injured all that badly.

Your best bet is to seek ER treatment immediately following a crash if you feel you have been injured, even if you don’t feel intense pain or don’t believe that you have been injured seriously. Unless you have emergency medical training, it is better to be safe than sorry.

Emergency Room Doctors and Other Personnel

Ordinarily, EMTs and ER personnel will ask where you feel pain upon examination. Be sure to answer their questions completely and be thorough in describing your complaints and symptoms. ER physicians and nurses typically dictate a report which is then reduced to writing. These ER reports, along with all imaging studies (such as x-rays and MRI’s taken) and medical treatment reports , are forwarded to the defendant’s insurance company for consideration. Be as thorough and specific as possible when describing the nature and extent of your symptoms to EMTs, ER personnel, and physicians.

Prior to leaving the ER, the doctor will provide you with discharge instructions for treating your medical condition (such as taking medication on an as-needed basis or doing home exercises). The ER doctor may also recommend that you follow up with your primary care doctor – or with a specialist or physical therapist – as soon as possible. When a physician makes those kinds of recommendations, it is essential that you follow through. Failing to do so can have negative ramifications on your personal injury case (at least in the eyes of an insurance company adjuster) and can severely affect your recovery. You should fully comply with any discharge instructions provided by an ER physician prior to your discharge.

Getting Home from the Emergency Room

If you have been injured and it is not safe for you to be driving, it is important that you avoid driving yourself home from the ER following your examination and treatment. Again, from an insurance adjuster’s perspective, driving home from an initial ER visit (or to/from any medical or physical therapy appointment following an accident) raises questions as to the seriousness of the injuries you’re claiming to have sustained. Following a car crash, if you have been injured and need to rely on others for transportation to and from medical appointments, then you should do so. It is important to limit your activities and give your body (and mind) time to rest and get better.

You may want to keep a journal of your activities in the days following your crash. At a deposition or trial, you may be asked what you were able to do and not do as a result of your injuries. Whether you were home due to your injuries, as opposed to being able to get right back into your regular routine, will be important information.

Conclusion

Initial medical treatment following a New Hampshire motor vehicle accident can be stressful and painful. The best thing you can do is surround yourself with a support system of dependable family and friends you can rely on for transportation to/from medical appointments, and for necessary daily care, as you begin the injury recovery process. The last things you want to worry about during this initial treatment period are legal filings and deadlines. That’s where the experienced personal injury attorneys at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman, PLLC will be of assistance to you.

Contact the New Hampshire Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers at Manning & Zimmerman

If you have been injured through no fault of your own, contact the New Hampshire motor vehicle accident lawyers at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman, PLLC. There are no up-front costs for our services. All personal injury and workers’ compensation cases are handled on a contingency basis, meaning that we are only paid for our services if we successfully recover damages from the responsible party. For a free consultation, call (603) 624-7200, email us at info@manningzimmermanlaw.com, or contact us by using the “contact us” form or chat feature on our website.

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More than Half of Americans Admit Social Media Remorse

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Over half of Americans regret something they’ve posted online. Click on photo to see survey.

The average adult now spends more than nine hours per day consuming media via screen, including smartphone, television, gaming or e-books. Twenty percent of that time is dedicated to social media. As too many of us have found out the hard way, all this time online can come with a price. As we click, scroll and post into 2017, protect yourself and your kids from these social media pitfalls.

Heed the Top Seven Ways Using Social Media Can Get You Fired

According to the injury attorneys NH at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman PLLC, more employers are looking at social media to screen potential candidates and monitor employees. More than 90 percent of employers use social media for recruiting, and three in four hiring managers check candidates’ social profiles before an interview. Maintaining a professional social media profile for your chosen career can help you get that dream job as well as keep it. Twenty-eight percent of employers have fired workers because they spent too much work time on social media, and 18 percent because of an offensive post.

Here are the top seven social media no-no’s for employees:
1. Make racist, sexist or other offensive comments
2. Complain about your job or your clients
3. Share confidential information
4. Post something inappropriate on company social media
5. Use personal social media when you should be working
6. Post drunk photos from work gatherings
7. Broadcast your job search

Excess Screen Time Equals Health Issues

Screen time, whether in front of a computer, tablet or smartphone, can contribute to health issues in adults and children alike. Many hours spent in front of screens are causing an increase in headaches, dry eyes, blurred vision and eye strain.

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Staring at a smartphone also creates what doctors call “text neck.” As a person bends their neck to look down at a phone, the added weight causes pressure, pain and strain. Here are some ways to keep your screen time (and your children’s) in check and your body healthy:

1. Schedule children for regular eye exams
2. Take frequent breaks
3. Adjust for proper alignment. A digital screen should be centered and positioned about 4 to 5 inches below eye level and 20 to 28 inches from the center of the screen to the eyes (for an adult), 18 to 26 inches for a child
4. Use anti-glare screens or position screens to avoid glare
5. LCD and high-res screens are easier on the eyes. Screen brightness should be adjusted to fit the surroundings
6. Blink frequently to keep your eyes moist

Parents can visit the American Academy of Pediatrics for guidance on how to balance lifestyle with digital media and create a personalized family plan.

When Social Media Turns Anti-Social

Many people can navigate a healthy social media presence with intelligence and sense, but some are struggling to stay connected while staying safe. Kids are more likely to share personal details without thinking about the consequences, and connect with strangers who may be predatory. Recently, anonymous messaging apps like Kik have come under fire for allowing minors to message with strangers without alerting parents. Our injury attorneys NH encourage you to check out the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) OnGuard Online website for free online security tips and resources.

Finally, the most important way to protect your kids from unsafe online behavior is to keep the lines of face-to-face communication open. Talk to them about the potential dangers and encourage them to speak to you if they ever feel unsafe online. As reliance on screens increases, so will the need for honest, IRL (your teen will tell you that means “in real life”) conversations about what can or should be shared.

Contact Experienced Injury Attorneys NH

If you or a loved one have been injured through no fault of your own, contact the injury attorneys NH at the Law Office of Manning and Zimmerman, PLLC. There are no up-front costs for our services. All personal injury and workers’ compensation cases are handled on a contingency basis, meaning that we are only paid for our services if we successfully recover damages from the responsible party. For a free consultation, call (603) 624-7200.

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What Are the Key Documents Underlying Your Case?

Whether your injuries arose from an auto accident, a slip and fall, or from a defective product, documentation can be the most important aspect of your personal injury case.

Documents can make the difference between winning and losing at trial or negotiating a better settlement. You can do much to help your Manchester injury lawyer move your personal injury case forward and get a fair settlement.

Here are some of the documents that you can obtain to help your attorneys present your case.  This is not an exhaustive list; your attorney may have some additions and subtractions.

  • Medical Records. Medical records provide information on the injuries you sustained, their nature and severity, and the relative cost involved.  It is essential that you obtain copies of all of your medical records which includes all medical visits, x-rays, any medications prescribed, records of all doctor’s visits, your health history, and any course of treatment.
  • Statements by Treating Professionals. This includes statements by your doctors, any medical staff, emergency medical technicians, fire department personnel, ambulance drivers and staff, any mental health professionals, physical therapists, and any other witnesses who were involved in or observed your treatment.  These witnesses range from those who were at the scene of the accident or injury, gave you any type of medical assistance or were involved with your subsequent care.  Include business cards and any other contact information that you have for each individual.  If you do not have these statements, do not take it upon yourself to contact these individuals or obtain these statements without speaking with your Manchester injury lawyer first. Instead, give your attorney the list of witnesses.  Your attorney may already have a plan of how to obtain these statements or may want to subpoena and depose each witness.
  • A Journal. It is important for your case that you document your daily activities.  That is, you should write about how you felt when you woke up in the morning and throughout the day, were you able to perform as usual given your injuries, how it affected your every-day life, and what you could not do because of your injuries.  You should also write in a journal the events of the accident or injury as you remember them while they are fresh in your mind and include additional details as you remember them.
  • Witness Statements. If a witness gives a statement, obtain a copy of it.  This includes at the scene statements, any cards, emails, correspondence, memos or any other writing that includes any details about the accident or cause of injury.  If you do not have any witness statements, you should make sure to have contact information for any potential witness.  Do not obtain witness statements on your own without speaking with your attorney.  Prepare a list of those witnesses and give that list to your attorney.
  • Police Reports. It is essential to obtain a copy of all police reports for your case.  If you can, obtain each police officer’s business card and badge number in case your Manchester injury lawyer needs to subpoena police records.
  • Photos. Any photos of the scene of the accident, a defective product, a building, your injuries, any witnesses, and the like could be important evidence in your case.  If you take photos on your phone, do not delete them so that you can preserve the chain of custody.  Speak with your Manchester injury lawyer about how to do this.  Make sure to save an extra copy of your phone data in case your phone is damaged.
  • Computer Data. Computer data can provide a plethora of information and evidence in your case.  All of your computer data should be preserved and you should notify your attorney that you have done so.  Additionally, if any information about your case is recorded on a computer whether it be at a hospital, by a police officer, or any other witness, make a note of it and tell your attorney.
  • Phone Data. Your phone contains a lot of data and so do witnesses’ phones.  If you are texting or calling after an accident or injury or see witnesses texting or calling, those texts and phone calls could be important.  Preserve your phone data and make a note of any witnesses’ phone activity.
  • Work Information. You should document any work information that is pertinent to your case.  For example, if you are injured, you may have to take time off work or miss more work because of your injuries.  You may not be able to perform your job as you once did or at all because of your injuries.  That needs to be documented.
  • All Insurance Documents. All insurance documents relevant to your case should be produced to your attorney.  This includes any insurance information from the opposing party, if you have it.
  • All Bills. Bills incurred as a result of your injury are relevant evidence to your case.  You should obtain and keep all evidence of such. Examples are repair bills, transportation costs, medical co-pays, insurance payments, invoices, logs, and expenses incurred.  Keep your bank statements and credit card statements as well as any receipts.

You and your attorney’s staff will share the work of gathering and compiling this information, but some of the work can only be done by you. Your Manchester injury lawyer at Manning & Zimmerman will guide you through the process.  (603) 624-7200.