Drowsy driving is a significant problem. Washington State Patrol expressed concern over potential crashes and personal injury when more motorists take to the highways and rural roads as the weather improves. A WSP trooper warned that drowsy and fatigued drivers are just as dangerous as drivers who are under the influence of alcohol.
Workers in all industries in Washington state are entitled to safe work environments. Employers must ensure that all known safety hazards are addressed, and they have to protect the health and safety of employees. However, a malfunctioning or defective tool or piece of equipment can cause an unanticipated incident that might result in personal injury.
Outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy skiing a Washington state are likely aware of the inherent risks of their chosen sport. These include changing weather conditions, snow immersions, avalanches, ice, slush and unexpected changes that cause hazardous packs of snow. Skiers who know about potential risks can be cautious and avoid accidents, but what are their legal rights if personal injury is suffered as the result of a ski resort's negligence?
Washington residents are said to be experiencing the snowiest winter since the 1940s. With many drivers being more used to rain than snow and ice on the roads, extra caution is necessary by those who have to drive in such hazardous conditions. Failure to take due care might be regarded as negligence in the event of an accident that leads to personal injury claims.
Whenever a hit-and-run driver strikes anyone in Washington state, the chances of recovering damages depend on the ability of law enforcement to locate the driver. This came to play in a recent case in which a hit-and-run driver gave himself up to law enforcement. It might make it easier for the pedestrian who was struck to pursue a personal injury lawsuit.
With the many reports about plastic surgery that went wrong, people in Spokane and other cities in Washington state might think twice before undergoing cosmetic surgery. Even procedures that are typically safe could lead to patients suffering personal injury. Any negligence by the medical staff or the plastic surgeon could have devastating consequences.
Children in cities across the country, including in Spokane, look forward to the holidays in anticipation -- crossing their fingers that their gifts will include at least some of the irresistible toys they saw on the shelves of stores and online. They have no idea of the dangers some of the toys pose, and fortunately, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recalls most of the items that pose personal injury threats. However, some toys are not recalled before they have caused harm. For that reason, parents will be wise to inspect all toys before they buy them as well as gifts from other people.
Following trends in the beauty industry can be hazardous. But then, people in Washington and other states face multiple personal injury risks on a daily basis. Most people hate the process of plucking their eyebrows, which led to a process called microblading that involves the tattooing of semi-permanent eyebrows. However, for one woman in another state, it became torture when the freehand drawing by the microblading artist left her with one oddly shaped eyebrow.
While most mothers in Washington will likely gladly experience the pain of giving birth to a child, no one would want their newborn to suffer the pain of a birth injury. Many personal injury lawsuits involve claims of medical negligence during the birthing process. Although most birth injuries are preventable, some common orthopedic injuries are frequently reported.
A recent report about a patient in a Washington hospital underscores the impact car accidents can have on the lives of crash victims. It also serves to emphasize the rights of personal injury victims to pursue financial relief through the civil justice system of the state. The 61-year-old woman suffered life-threatening injuries when she was involved in a head-on motor vehicle accident in August.