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Fatal injuries prompt fears over lack of sprinklers

Maryland residents who are concerned about the risk of high-rise apartment building fires and the lack of basic safety measures to thwart these tragedies may want to look closer at the issue of sprinkler system mandates. Many cities across the U.S. have grandfathered in residential high-rises that were built before mandates were put in place. This essentially means that owners and managers of the building are under no legal obligation to update their premises.

Amusement parks pose risk of injuries

Amusement parks in Maryland and across the United States pose a unique challenge for insurance companies. Because these premises hold a whole set of dangers and attract often youthful and reckless participants, special insurance policies are necessary for most amusement park owners and ride manufacturers.

Settlement enables victim of building collapse to live at home

The botched demolition of a building that struck a Salvation Army thrift store full of shoppers shocked people in Maryland and across the country when it happened in 2013. One 55-year-old woman remained trapped under rubble for 13 hours and then lost in her legs and part of her torso after multiple operations. Out of a settlement fund of $227 million, the arbitrator awarded her $95.6 million because of her need for constant lifelong medical care. Her lawyer said that the settlement will allow her to live with her family instead of in a nursing home.

Reducing risks when hosting a party at home

Many Maryland residents enjoy hosting parties and get-togethers at their homes. However, it is important that they take steps to protect themselves and their guests by removing certain hazards or mitigating potentially dangerous situations. This is because if an accident happens, the homeowner could potentially be held responsible depending on the circumstances.

Ferris wheel accident leaves 3 injured

Thousands of Maryland residents flock to theme parks and carnivals each year, and they rely on state authorities to ensure that rides like roller coasters and Ferris wheels are safe. A Ferris wheel in the Washington city of Port Townsend was closed down on May 19 after three people suffered injuries when one of its cars flipped mid-ride. The state's Department of Labor and Industries has informed the ride's owners that an inspection must be performed and a new permit issued before the Ferris wheel can be returned to service.

Crypto outbreaks and swimming

People in Maryland that have swimming pools on their properties should be aware that according to preliminary data released by the Centers for Disease Control, Cryptosporidium outbreaks linked to swimming pools have doubled since 2014. This parasite is able to spread among humans when people consume a substance that has come in contact with feces, like pool water containing diarrhea.

What to do when hurt at a superstore in Maryland

Injuries at big-box stores like Walmart are very common. The retail giant is estimated to be involved in about 5,000 lawsuits related to injuries each year. This works out to approximately 13 lawsuits against the company every day. In addition, other retailers like Target and Costco also are sued on a regular basis.

When a property owner may not be held liable for injuries

When Maryland concertgoers or bar patrons suffer an injury, the owner of the venue will most likely be held financially responsible. However, there may be some exceptions if the victims were aware of certain risks and knowingly placed themselves in harms way.

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