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Kansas Personal Injury Attorneys Discuss Summer Fireworks Safety Tips

Fireworks are synonymous with the Fourth of July, and are often set off by families celebrating this and other summer festivities.  Different towns in the Kansas City area set their own regulations concerning the lighting of fireworks.  It should be noted that fireworks are illegal within the Kansas City limits, and their use severely limited in several surrounding towns.  Check with your local leaders to determine whether and when the use of fireworks is permitted before planning your summer festivities.

For those who do plan to light some fireworks this summer, the following safety tips set out by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) should be observed to prevent serious injury or even death:

  • Be sure all other people are out of the way when lighting fireworks
  • When watching fireworks, do not stand too close
  • Never point fireworks at other people or throw them
  • Do not experiment with homemade fireworks or try to combine them
  • Do not stand directly over fireworks when lighting them; instead, always stand to the side and move immediately back after the fuse has been lit
  • Light fireworks in a clear area, outdoors and away from houses, dry grass, or anything else that could be flammable
  • Keep unused devices away from the area in which you are igniting fireworks
  • If a firework does not go off, do not try to re-light it or pick it up; rather, douse it in water and throw it away
  • Keep a bucket of water or hose nearby in the event of a fire or other emergency
  • Douse all fireworks with water after you are done in order to prevent trash can fires
  • Never allow young children to play with fireworks and be aware that even sparklers can burn at 2,000 degrees and ignite clothing
  • Keep small children well away from the area in which you will lit the fireworks

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that over 7,000 individuals are treated annually in emergency rooms for fireworks related injuries. Some common injuries to arise out of a fireworks accident include:

  • Burn injuries
  • Eye injuries, including burns to the eyes or loss of the eye
  • Injuries to the hands and fingers, including amputation
  • Cuts, bumps, and bruises
  • Injuries to the head, including burns or blunt force trauma
  • Loss of limbs

If you or a loved one is injured by fireworks due to the negligence of another person or a defective firework, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.  This could include medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more.

Contact Kansas City Personal Injury Attorney Michael R. Lawless Today for a Free Consultation

The Lenexa, Kansas Personal Injury Attorneys at the law firm of Michael R. Lawless, P.A. urge anyone who has been injured in a fireworks accident to contact our office.  Our personal injury attorneys have represented clients in a wide range of accidents for over 27 years.  We will carefully examine the circumstances surrounding your fireworks related injury and determine whether negligence or a product defect played a role in the accident.  We will then guide you towards a full recovery.  To schedule a free consultation to discuss your potential fireworks accident case, contact Michael R. Lawless, PA by calling our office locally at (913) 681-5566, or you may call us toll-free at (800) 734-3771.  You may also contact us online and we will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.

 

Lenexa, Kansas Boy Loses Leg in Lawn Mower Accident

Doctors are working to save the arm of a four year old boy who was seriously injured in a lawn mower accident.  A hand doctor and a vascular surgeon have already performed one surgery.  They are now monitoring the condition of young Truett Shacklett to determine what the next step should be following his unfortunate accident with a ride on lawnmower.

Truett’s father was mowing the lawn with a riding mower earlier this month when he accidently backed over his young son.  Truett’s leg was lost in the accident.  He was transported by helicopter to Children’s Mercy Hospital, and then transferred to the University of Kansas Hospital.  Specialists there are working to save his right arm.

The accident occurred on June 9, 2014 at about 5:15 p.m.  Truett, who is described by his church pastor as a great kid that is full of energy, was evidently running around the yard while his father cut the grass.

Truett’s tragic accident highlights the dangers of lawn mowers, particularly to children.  The Consumer Product Safety Commission reveals that lawn mower accidents are more common than most Americans would think.  An estimated 3,700 children under the age of 14 are brought into the emergency room following lawn mower accidents each year.  Over 17,000 children and teens are treated by doctors for injuries stemming from lawn mowers.

Riding mowers are among the most dangerous, as their large size holds the potential to inflict serious and sometimes deadly injuries.  Mowers traveling in reverse pose a particular threat to young children playing nearby, who are not visible to the rider.  John Deere and several other riding mower manufacturers have changed their mowers designs in the past 10 to 12 years to prevent the mowers from accidently being thrown into reverse.  Many older mowers, however, still hold the potential for accidental reversing.  All lawn mower operators are encouraged to look down and behind before and during moving in reverse.

Lawn mower technology has improved greatly in the past few years, but some of these technological advances have come at the cost of safety.  Zero turn radius mowers are prone to hazardous rollovers, causing the rider to be thrown off and exposed to the mower blades.  Defective lawn mowers have caught fire when the fuel line separates from the tank.   Other safety defects, such as the failure to shut off properly, inadvertent moves into reverse, or blades loosening during operation, can cause serious injuries.

Anyone who has been injured in a lawn mower accident that may have involved a defective lawn mower, or was caused by the negligence of another, is advised to consult with an attorney as soon as possible after the accident.  The manufacturers of defective lawn mowers can be found liable for the injuries resulting from their use.  Further, those who negligently operate a lawn mower and injure another can be held accountable in a personal injury suit.

Contact Kansas City Personal Injury Attorney Michael R. Lawless Today for a Free Consultation

If you or a loved one has been injured in a lawnmower accident, the Lenexa, Kansas Personal Injury Attorneys at the law firm of Michael R. Lawless, P.A. can help.  Our personal injury attorneys have represented clients in a wide range of accidents for over 27 years.  We will carefully examine the circumstances surrounding your lawnmower accident and determine whether negligence or a product defect played a role in the accident.  We will then guide you towards a full recovery.  To schedule a free consultation to discuss your potential accident case, contact Michael R. Lawless, PA by calling our office locally at (913) 681-5566, or you may call us toll-free at (800) 734-3771.  You may also contact us online and we will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.

Kansas City Streets Become Increasingly Dangerous for Pedestrians

Tim Current learned firsthand the perils that exist for pedestrians on Kansas City roadways.  Current has been struck by a car while jogging not once, but twice.  He managed to walk away from both accidents with only minor injuries, but he is now understandably nervous when he takes to the road on foot.  Current, an avid jogger who logs over 60 miles a month, does not feel safe anymore.  He believes the danger stems from people not paying attention while driving.  He sees drivers texting, talking on the phone, and chatting to other people in the car, all while they hurry to reach their destination.

The number of pedestrian accidents in the Kansas City region has climbed over seven percent from 2008 to 2012.  Kansas City is not alone in this increase.  Nationally, pedestrian accidents, including injuries and fatalities, have increased ten percent in the past few years.  This rise in the number of pedestrian accidents has troubled many safety experts, as it comes at a time when fatal accidents, including drunk driving, distracted driving, and aggressive driving accidents, are down.

David Goldberg of Smart Growth America, a group against sprawl, offers one possible explanation for the disturbing trend.  According to Goldberg, the increase in pedestrian accidents is the result of how we have developed, building wider roads designed to move more traffic, while placing pedestrian safety to the side.  A recent study conducted by Smart Growth America ranked Kansas City the 21st most dangerous place for walking.

Some cities in Kansas are already working to narrow their roads and widen sidewalks.  They are also attempting to enforce crosswalk zones and add signage to enhance safety.  Prairie Village is even considering placing decoy pedestrians to catch drivers who ignore cross streets.

A study conducted by Mid-America Regional Council found that pedestrian accidents are most likely to occur in urban areas, concentrated around downtowns.  The downtown highway look along Independence Avenue and areas from Midtown to the Country Club Plaza were home to the most pedestrian accidents.

Other researchers have discovered another alarming factor in pedestrian accidents: pedestrians are not always paying attention to their surroundings.  Like distracted driving, distracted walking comes with some risks.  Pedestrians who are texting, talking on the phone, listening to music, or otherwise not watching what is occurring around them, could accidently walk in the street, cross outside the crosswalk, or fail to see an oncoming vehicle.  Several recent Kansas City accidents have occurred after distracted pedestrians darted out in front of cars, leaving them no room to stop.

Those injured in a pedestrian accident caused by the negligence of another will have the right to recover for their medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more in a personal injury action.

Contact Kansas City Personal Injury Attorney Michael R. Lawless Today for a Free Consultation

If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, the Lenexa, Kansas Personal Injury Attorneys at the law firm of Michael R. Lawless, P.A. can help.  Our personal injury attorneys have represented clients in a wide range of accidents for over 27 years.  We will carefully examine the circumstances surrounding your pedestrian accident and determine whether negligence played a role in the accident.  We will then guide you towards a full recovery.  To schedule a free consultation to discuss your potential accident case, contact Michael R. Lawless, PA by calling our office locally at (913) 681-5566, or you may call us toll-free at (800) 734-3771.  You may also contact us online and we will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.

 

Fireworks Safety Tips to Help You Prepare for the Fourth of July

Fireworks are synonymous with the Fourth of July, and are often set off by families celebrating this and other summer festivities.  Different towns in the Kansas City area set their own regulations concerning the lighting of fireworks.  It should be noted that fireworks are illegal within the Kansas City limits, and their use severely limited in several surrounding towns.  Check with your local leaders to determine whether and when the use of fireworks is permitted before planning your July 4th festivities.

For those who do plan to light some fireworks this Fourth of July, the following safety tips set out by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) should be observed to prevent serious injury or even death:

  • Be sure all other people are out of the way when lighting fireworks
  • When watching fireworks, do not stand too close
  • Never point fireworks at other people or throw them
  • Do not experiment with homemade fireworks or try to combine them
  • Do not stand directly over fireworks when lighting them; instead, always stand to the side and move immediately back after the fuse has been lit
  • Light fireworks in a clear area, outdoors and away from houses, dry grass, or anything else that could be flammable
  • Keep unused devices away from the area in which you are igniting fireworks
  • If a firework does not go off, do not try to re-light it or pick it up; rather, douse it in water and throw it away
  • Keep a bucket of water or hose nearby in the event of a fire or other emergency
  • Douse all fireworks with water after you are done in order to prevent trash can fires
  • Never allow young children to play with fireworks and be aware that even sparklers can burn at 2,000 degrees and ignite clothing
  • Keep small children well away from the area in which you will lit the fireworks

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that over 7,000 individuals are treated annually in emergency rooms for fireworks related injuries. Some common injuries to arise out of a fireworks accident include:

  • Burn injuries
  • Eye injuries, including burns to the eyes or loss of the eye
  • Injuries to the hands and fingers, including amputation
  • Cuts, bumps, and bruises
  • Injuries to the head, including burns or blunt force trauma
  • Loss of limbs

If you or a loved one is injured by fireworks due to the negligence of another person or a defective firework, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.  This could include medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more.

Contact Kansas City Personal Injury Attorney Michael R. Lawless Today for a Free Consultation

The Lenexa, Kansas Personal Injury Attorneys at the law firm of Michael R. Lawless, P.A. urge anyone who has been injured in a fireworks accident to contact our office.  Our personal injury attorneys have represented clients in a wide range of accidents for over 27 years.  We will carefully examine the circumstances surrounding your fireworks related injury and determine whether negligence or a product defect played a role in the accident.  We will then guide you towards a full recovery.  To schedule a free consultation to discuss your potential fireworks accident case, contact Michael R. Lawless, PA by calling our office locally at (913) 681-5566, or you may call us toll-free at (800) 734-3771.  You may also contact us online and we will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.

 

Officials Warn Kansas City Residents to Be Wary of Illegal Fireworks

Earlier this month, a south Kansas City house exploded, knocking off its foundation and injuring six people, two of them critically.  Investigators quickly uncovered the reason for the explosion—the people inside were manufacturing illegal fireworks.  Legally sold fireworks can have no more than 50 milligrams of flash powder.  Illegal fireworks, however, are often created to be 20 times more powerful.  As the recent Kansas City explosion illustrates, accidents involving these potent fireworks are not the typical fireworks burn; the results are often serious injuries and even death.  Three years ago, in Independence, an illegal fireworks explosion killed a man and threw his body in the backyard of another house.

Around July 4th, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives begins to hear more and more reports of illegal fireworks being sold on the street.  These fireworks are popular for their explosive capacity.  Materials cost little and the sale price of these homemade fireworks can be quite high, as manufacturers ask whatever they want.

The individuals inside the Kansas City house that exploded had been selling illegal fireworks for over two years.  One resident of the home reported that he helped make about 1,500 explosives last July. The residents further informed investigators that bowls of open explosives were left out in the basement.

ATF investigators find that often illegal fireworks manufacturers work in dirty facilities coated with explosive power.  They often find bulk powder and fuses. Sometimes, manufacturers actually disassemble consumer fireworks and remanufacturer them to a higher power, often leading to accidents.

John Ham, an ATF spokesman, warned that it does not take much for these illegal fireworks to go off.  Furthermore, it is often difficult to identify an illegal explosive.  Most fireworks do not come with labels and look essentially the same.

In 2012, the Consumer Product Safety Commission received reports of six fireworks deaths occurring outside the workplace.  At least two involved homemade fireworks.

Kansas City officials advise residents to use caution in purchasing fireworks.  Only buy from reputable stores and avoid any roadside or potentially homemade purchases.  If you observe activity that indicates a neighbor may be making illegal fireworks, report it to the authorities in order to protect your own home from the dangerous possibility of an explosion.

If you are injured in a fireworks accident involving a potentially illegal firework, the manufacturer of this product may be liable for your injuries.  Those who negligently sell such a dangerous product could be held responsible for your medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more.  They will also face criminal charges.  Contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible following a fireworks accident so that prompt investigations can ensue.

Contact Kansas City Personal Injury Attorney Michael R. Lawless Today for a Free Consultation

The Lenexa, Kansas Personal Injury Attorneys at the law firm of Michael R. Lawless, P.A. urge anyone who has been injured in a fireworks accident to contact our office.  Our personal injury attorneys have represented clients in a wide range of accidents for over 27 years.  We will carefully examine the circumstances surrounding your fireworks related injury and determine whether negligence or a product defect played a role in the accident.  We will then guide you towards a full recovery.  To schedule a free consultation to discuss your potential fireworks accident case, contact Michael R. Lawless, PA by calling our office locally at (913) 681-5566, or you may call us toll-free at (800) 734-3771.  You may also contact us online and we will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.

 

 

Lenexa, Kansas Boy Seriously Injured in Lawn Mower Accident

Doctors are working to save the arm of a four year old boy who was seriously injured in a lawn mower accident.  A hand doctor and a vascular surgeon have already performed one surgery.  They are now monitoring the condition of young Truett Shacklett to determine what the next step should be following his unfortunate accident with a ride on lawnmower.

Truett’s father was mowing the lawn with a riding mower earlier this month when he accidently backed over his young son. Truett’s leg was lost in the accident.  He was transported by helicopter to Children’s Mercy Hospital, and then transferred to the University of Kansas Hospital.  Specialists there are working to save his right arm.

The accident occurred on June 9, 2014 at about 5:15 p.m.  Truett, who is described by his church pastor as a great kid that is full of energy, was evidently running around the yard while his father cut the grass.

Truett’s tragic accident highlights the dangers of lawn mowers, particularly to children.  The Consumer Product Safety Commission reveals that lawn mower accidents are more common than most Americans would think.  An estimated 3,700 children under the age of 14 are brought into the emergency room following lawn mower accidents each year.  Over 17,000 children and teens are treated by doctors for injuries stemming from lawn mowers.

Riding mowers are among the most dangerous, as their large size holds the potential to inflict serious and sometimes deadly injuries.  Mowers traveling in reverse pose a particular threat to young children playing nearby, who are not visible to the rider.  John Deere and several other riding mower manufacturers have changed their mowers designs in the past 10 to 12 years to prevent the mowers from accidentally being thrown into reverse.  Many older mowers, however, still hold the potential for accidental reversing.  All lawn mower operators are encouraged to look down and behind before and during moving in reverse.

Lawn mower technology has improved greatly in the past few years, but some of these technological advances have come at the cost of safety.  Zero turn radius mowers are prone to hazardous rollovers, causing the rider to be thrown off and exposed to the mower blades.  Defective lawn mowers have caught fire when the fuel line separates from the tank.   Other safety defects, such as the failure to shut off properly, inadvertent moves into reverse, or blades loosening during operation, can cause serious injuries.

Anyone who has been injured in a lawn mower accident that may have involved a defective lawn mower, or was caused by the negligence of another, is advised to consult with an attorney as soon as possible after the accident.  The manufacturers of defective lawn mowers can be found liable for the injuries resulting from their use.  Further, those who negligently operate a lawn mower and injure another can be held accountable in a personal injury suit.

Contact Kansas City Personal Injury Attorney Michael R. Lawless Today for a Free Consultation

If you or a loved one has been injured in a lawnmower accident, the Lenexa, Kansas Personal Injury Attorneys at the law firm of Michael R. Lawless, P.A. can help.  Our personal injury attorneys have represented clients in a wide range of accidents for over 27 years.  We will carefully examine the circumstances surrounding your lawnmower accident and determine whether negligence or a product defect played a role in the accident.  We will then guide you towards a full recovery.  To schedule a free consultation to discuss your potential accident case, contact Michael R. Lawless, PA by calling our office locally at (913) 681-5566, or you may call us toll-free at (800) 734-3771.  You may also contact us online and we will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.