2016 June Archive
What are E-Cigarettes and Vaporizers?
An electronic cigarette is essentially a battery-powered vaporizer. The cigarette consists of a mouthpiece, a cartridge or tank, an atomizer, a microprocessor, a battery, and sometimes an LED light on the cigarette end. The atomizer is a heating element that vaporizes liquid in the cartridge or tank. The e-liquid heats up and creates a vapor the user inhales. The vapor is intended to have flavor and texture that is analogous to tobacco smoking. The power source, a rechargeable lithium battery, is often the source of burn and other injuries connected to e-cigarette smoking and vaporizer use. Read the rest »
Types of Construction Accidents
According to the Washington Department of Labor & Industries, the most common types of construction accidents that lead to injuries are being caught in, between, or under objects where the body is pinched, squeezed, or crushed by machinery, falls from elevations such as roofs, ladders, or other heights, and falls from the same level such as slipping, tripping, or falling on a flat surface. Other injuries are being struck by or against a stationary object or hit by moving objects. This includes noise injuries to the ear. Read the rest »
• The population of Seattle’s metropolitan area now has exceeded 3.8 million and will continue to increase. As a result, traffic congestion that plagues the area is likely to worsen. Estimates put the city population in 2040 at nearly 5 million.
• Currently the city is listed as #6 among US cities as it relates to traffic problems and congestion. (recently passing Boston, MA)
• They estimate that the average Seattle commuter wastes 66 hours per year in traffic delays. Read the rest »
Types of Premises Liability
In Seattle, as in the rest of Washington State, property owners have legal obligations to keep premises properly maintained. Some of the more common premises liability cases involve structural defects such as dangerous elevators or escalators, stairs with loose railings or steps, and ceiling or balcony collapses. Poor maintenance such as wet and slippery floors is a premises liability. Premises hazards are not always indoors. Property owners are liable for outdoor maintenance to prevent hazardous situations. Snow or ice on the property, poorly maintained parking lots or sidewalks, and defective swimming pools are liabilities. Read the rest »
Based on their recent data, the number of injuries and fatalities which occur annually that specifically involve pedestrians and bicyclists is currently approaching an average of 400. The Safer People – Safer Streets program has compiled a detailed plan of action for addressing the issues of bicycling safety. Some of the top priorities are as follows: Read the rest »
Truthfully, anyone who has handled your bike before it was sold to you may be held responsible. This can include the manufacturer, the wholesaler, the distributor, and even the retailer, as it’s often a store’s responsibility to build the bikes once they’ve been received. Because there are so many people involved in creating your bike before it even gets to you, it can be difficult to know who’s to blame and where to go for compensation. This is where a Seattle personal injury lawyer will be able to help. Read the rest »
Common Causes of Bus Accidents in Seattle
The most common reasons why a bus in Seattle may be involved in an accident include weather, driver distraction or negligence, the road conditions, or problems with the equipment. While it is true that most of your Washington State or Seattle bus drivers are well trained, attentive, and responsible, as well as driving equipment being well maintained on roads that are well taken care of, there are times when this is simply not the case. When this occurs, there is a high likelihood that there will be a bus accident, which can lead to injuries or even fatalities. Read the rest »