By: Allan M. Siegel
Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. would like to wish everyone
a happy, safe, and enjoyable Fourth of July. During this time of year,
we are thankful to live in a country where citizens have rights and freedoms
and where there are systems in place that allow the wronged and injured
to obtain justice. In past blogs, we have discussed the
American civil justice system and the
importance of jury duty. We want to remind our clients and local residents that these systems
exist because we live in a great democratic country – the same country
where we can actively take a stand against efforts that aim to change laws and
limit the rights of victims, including caps on medical malpractice damages.
Our firm would also like to remind everyone who plans on celebrating our
nation's independence to be safe this coming holiday. Whether you
and your loved ones are planning backyard pool parties, barbecues, or
fun with fireworks, safety should always be a priority, especially if
children are around.
The following are a few helpful tips to help you stay safe this Fourth of July:
Firework Safety – Fireworks are a tradition on July 4th, but they are also responsible
for sending an average of 230 people to the emergency room each day during
the month around the holiday, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety
Commission. While it is always best to watch shows put on by professionals,
we understand that some may choose to celebrate with fireworks of their
own. If you plan on using fireworks, be sure to do so safely, follow instructions,
keep spectators at a safe distance, and monitor children closely. Never
light fireworks indoors or in dangerous areas where they may endanger
other people or property. Fireworks for personal use should be "safe
and sane" and should comply with your local laws.
Be Smart Around Water – Pool parties are common on Fourth of July and it is important for
everyone to stay safe when enjoying the water. Make sure children are
well-supervised and that they know how to swim. Watch for diving into
shallow water, excessive horseplay that can get out of hand, and running
near pools. Visit our recent blog on
preventing drowning accidents to learn more about water safety.
BBQ Tips – If you plan on celebrating the fourth by grilling, make sure to
do so safely. Always be careful of handling propane and charcoal grills,
never grill indoors, and be careful when using lighter fluid to avoid
burn injuries. Keep children and flammable materials away from grills and never leave
Drink Responsibly – Alcohol is a staple for many on Fourth of July. If you plan on
drinking, remember to do so responsibly and to designate a sober driver
if you need to get home. Statistically, the Fourth of July weekend sees
high rates of
alcohol-related auto accidents. Because of this, authorities often increase their patrols and focus on
Our Washington, DC personal injury lawyers wish everyone a happy Independence
Day. While we hope that no one is injured, we are always available to
help victims and families who suffer harm through no fault of their own.
If you have questions about your rights after a preventable accident or injury,
contact us to speak with a member of our legal team during a free consultation. We
serve residents throughout Maryland, Virginia, and the DC Metro area.