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In Florida, injuries are the number one cause of fatalities for the ages 1- 44, and generally the third leading cause of death.

Injuries are damages caused to the function or structure of the body by an outside agent or force. Injuries can be accidental or intentional. Unintentional injuries include motor vehicle accidents, falls, fires, poisonings, drowning, suffocation, and recreational and sports-related activities. Intentional injuries result from homicide, assaults, abuse, and sexual assault.

In Florida, injuries are the number one cause of fatalities for ages 1- 44, and generally the third leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer. In 2015, 14,706 Florida residents lost their lives as a result of injuries. As these numbers are higher in Florida compared to other U.S. states, in 2004 the Florida Injury Prevention Program was created to lead, facilitate and coordinate injury prevention planning efforts.

Although air transportation is considered the safest way to travel (the odds of dying in an aircraft accident in the United States are about 1 in 7,178), sometimes accidents do occur, and the consequences are tragic for passengers and their friends and families.

Airline Traveling Safety Tips

Many accidents are caused by the pilot's or the crew's negligence, by mechanical failures, or by bad weather conditions. However, sometimes, the passengers can make a difference and avoid some accidents if they know some basic safety tips, such as:

  • Pay attention to the flight attendant's safety briefing at the beginning of the flight.
  • Read the safety briefing card.
  • Do not keep heavy articles in the overhead storage bin.
  • Use an approved child seat for your child.
  • Wear the seat belt while seated.
  • Try to memorize how many rows there are to each exit point. This way you will have an evacuation plan in mind.
  • Follow the airline's carry-on restrictions.
  • Prefer the nonstop routes to the stopovers ones.
  • If flying scares you, you might think that alcohol will help you take the edge of. However, the airplane's atmosphere is higher than sea level, meaning alcohol will affect you more strongly. Therefore, drink in moderation.
  • Try to travel only by a larger aircraft. Airplanes with a capacity of more than 30 seats are strictly regulated.

How Can the Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary Help?

We know how aircraft accidents affect both victims and their families, and we have years of experience in dealing with aircraft accidents. We begin with a transparent and straightforward communication with our client in order to understand fully what happened and to gather all the information we need to prepare the case. We offer our clients a free initial case evaluation, and we will closely collaborate with aviation experts and accident investigators to establish proper liability.

If our client has a valid legal claim, we will pursue just compensation from the parties responsible for the accident, either through a settlement or through pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit. We will make sure that you will benefit from the rightful compensation to cover the costs of medical bills, property damage, medical care, and lost wages. Do not hesitate to contact us at 305.416.9805.

Keeping your baby safe and secure requires paying attention to some simple things. The things you'll have to change and childproof depend on your home's characteristics. Attention should be paid to every room in your house and to the obvious dangerous places.

Baby's Safety in the Bedroom

Crib Safety

  • A safe crib should have a firm tight gripping mattress.
  • There should be no improperly installed hardware. No missing, loose, or broken screws or brackets. Make sure to tighten them from time to time.
  • The crib should have no missing slats or cracked slats and there should be no space larger than 2 3/8 inches between the crib and the slats.
  • Above the end panels , there should be no corner posts higher than 1/16th of an inch because the baby's clothing might catch.
  • Because the baby's head might get trapped in cutouts in the headboard or footboard, make sure the crib does't have them.
  • Do not use pillows or thick quilts due to the risk of suffocation.
  • Do not place the baby's crib near curtain cords or close to window blinds due to the risk of strangulation.
  • Do not hang long strings, cords, ribbons. Remove crib toys when your child reaches 5 months of age.

Room Safety

  • Eliminate the risk of burn. Remove all appliances that get hot.
  • Baby proof the electrical outlets. Use a baby electrical cover.
  • Baby proof the electrical cords by using duct cord covers.
  • Install a smoke and carbon monoxide alarm. Use reliable products.
  • Secure windows. Use window guards.
  • Secure furniture. Use wall straps or floor straps.
  • Baby-proof furniture's sharp corners. Use corner cushions.
  • Block the stairways and other dangerous areas by using safety gates. Avoid older or unreliable products.
  • Keep small objects, especially sharp objects or round objects, away from children.

Baby's Safety in the Bathroom

  • Never leave the child alone in the bathroom. Always be at an arm's distance from the baby.
  • Bathing aids as bath rings or seats are not safety devices. While bathing the baby, constant touch is recommended.
  • Store medicines and cleaning products away from of children. Use products that have child-resistant lids.

Baby's Safety in the Kitchen

  • Don't leave your baby alone.
  • When using a high chair, make sure all the safety straps are fastened.
  • Keep dangerous products away from children and use child-resistant lids.

Potentially Dangerous Products

  • Adult beds. The child could get caught between the bed and wall, could fall, or could suffocate in soft bedding.
  • Baby walkers. When in a baby walker, babies are more prone to fall down stairs, tip over, grab dangerous products, or get poisoned.
  • Changing tables. Make sure your baby is always attended or that they are strapped to the changing table. Avoid the risk of falling off the table.
  • Baby's sleepwear. Buy baby sleepwear that is flame resistant and snug-fitting.
  • Pacifiers/soothers. Use products strong enough to not separate into parts and large enough to prevent them from being swallowed. They should have ventilation holes and no cords or strings attached.
  • Playpens. The mesh-sided ones are a strangulation hazard.
  • Strollers. May pose strangulation/suffocation hazard or falling hazard.
  • Dangerous toys.

How Can the Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary Help?

Contact The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary to learn more about receiving compensation for injuries caused by unsafe products. The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary can help as long as the consumer products are not made in China. If the products are sold by a USA supplier or are manufactured in the USA, we can help you obtain compensation for medical bills and for your pain and suffering. Contact The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary today at 305.416.9805.

The minimum insurance requested in Florida is a 10.000 dollars personal injury protection coverage and a 10.000 dollars property damage liability coverage. In Florida, personal injury protection is requested to ensure that car crash victims can receive immediate medical coverage. In this way, they don't have to wait for the court system to decide. Auto insurance companies in Florida additionally offer nonobligatory coverage, for example, comprehensive, uninsured and underinsured motorists, or collision coverage.

Which Types of Car Insurance Do We Really Need?

Personal Injury Protection

While comprehensive car insurance may seem something you don't need to purchase, Personal Injury Protection is something you should. The costs correlated with an accident can rapidly add up. Therefore, to cover up those costs Personal Injury Protection is available. With this coverage, the medical bills will be paid, no matter who is to blame.

Liability Insurance

When you are required to carry a type of insurance for your car, your state usually demands that it is liability insurance. In case you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, and it is decided that you were at fault, liability insurance will cover the cost of damaged property, also your medical bills. Most states have some requirements for liability insurance coverage that you should definitely have.

Collision Insurance

The most important thing with carrying just liability insurance is that in case of an accident, you could end up without the money to repair your car. By having collision insurance, you can be sure that your insurer will pay for the repairs. If your vehicle is irreparably damaged in an accident, collision insurance will reimburse the value of your car. This won't cover for a brand new vehicle, but it will give you the approximate sum regarding the value of the vehicle before the accident. Collision insurance isn't a must-have if your car is older, it won't be worth paying for insurance, especially if you can save up some money that could buy you a new one if necessary.

Comprehensive Car Insurance

It is a good idea to have a fully comprehensive cover if the vehicle you have costs more than 2000$. Insurers usually insist on fully comprehensive insurance when it comes to expensive cars. Even if you are involved in a vehicle accident, and it's your fault, you will still be able to claim for the amount of money needed to repair your car and treat your injuries.

Tips on How to Contract with Good Insurance Companies

  • Do an annual rate check. You have to make sure you check rates from other companies to obtain the best deal. In many state insurance departments, guides to services are offered, and you can find online insurance comparison tools. Although personalized quotes often need a call back from an insurer, doing comparisons online can be a very good way to find the best deal.
  • Pick an insurer that is top-rated. Usually, all rated companies do well; however, some are better at dealing with payments, claims, and non-claim problems.
  • Maintain good credit. As a piece of advice, the credit score should be regularly checked because a your premium may be impacted by a low score.
  • Set the right deductible. A higher deductible decreases your premium; however, you will have to pay more if an accident happens. If you are a good driver and don't have accidents that were caused by you, then you should be able to choose a higher premium. The reward specified for this risk could turn to be up to a 40 percent savings.
  • Examine your coverage. See if you have enough liability coverage for property damage and bodily injuries.
  • Report reduced mileage. If you changed your job and you're now working home or have become unemployed, you should call your insurer. If you are driving less, you will be able to obtain a lower premium.
  • Supervise crash repairs. Verify where you are sent for repairs to prevent the repair shop from using cheaper replacement parts instead of the original equipment.
  • Pick the right car. Car damage and the cost to repair it is a big part of the auto insurance price.
  • Beware of scams. There are some crooks that can rip you off with staged accidents, which could end in an insurance claim made against you. To avoid this, use good driving practices and if you, unfortunately, are in a crash make sure to take a picture of the crash scene and call in the accident.
  • Take advantage of the deductions offered. Discounts are available for drivers that are considered to be a lower risk (older, married, and with a long safe driving record) or, to those who take a driver-training course. Using anti-theft and safety equipment can also reduce costs.

It comes a time in everyone's life when taking care of a child becomes the greatest responsibility. One of the most concerning things is our child's safety while riding in a car. How informed are we on this topic? We should be doing, at least, brief research on what the child seats must provide before buying one. One of the most important duties one has as a parent is keeping their child safe when riding in a vehicle. Proper use of car seats definitely helps keep children safe. According to the child's age and weight, seats are categorized into several groups:

  • Infant Car Seat
  • Booster Seat (for toddlers)
  • Convertible Car Seat

Children under 12 years old or below 150 cm height MUST wear a safety belt and those under 3 years old are transported only in approved restraint devices, according to the following law:

"No person shall drive a motor vehicle on any way while carrying as a passenger a person less than 7 years of age unless such passenger is properly fastened and secured by a child restraint system which is in accordance with the safety standards approved by the United States Department of Transportation in 49 C.F.R. section 571.213."

Car Seat Important Installation Steps & Awareness

Always register your car seat to receive important safety updates from the manufacturers about recalls and safety notices.

Carefully read all the installation information and the detailed instruction booklets included in the package to make sure that the car seat has all the necessary components and that you understand how to use them properly. Always carefully check each component from the car seat and look for cracks in the plastic, stiff buckles or any other possible damages. If everything looks ok, investigate the car seat for possible recalls because of a defect that could cause injuries to your child in case of a car accident. Look up the name of the car seat manufacturer and the name of your car seat model and research if the purchased product has been placed on a certain recall list.

There is a big difference between what kind of car seat the law requires and what is the safest one for your child. For more detailed information on picking out the right car seat, review the NHTSA's safety recommendations.

  • Pay attention to the top tether of the car seats. It improves the safety provided by the seat and it is of high importance for all forward-facing seats, even those installed using the vehicle seat belt.
  • Check that the seat belt locks correctly and that it gets a tight fit.
  • Ask a child passenger safety technician to help you decide what is the best place to install your child's car seat in your vehicle. The safest place to ride for all kids is the backseat.
  • Use rear-facing car seats for infants and toddlers.

Advice from Sean Cleary on what to Do in Case of an Accident

  • If there are victims, call 911.
  • Under no circumstances should you leave the place.
  • Try to determine what the cause of the accident was.
  • If a child is injured or dead, also call the FIMR.
  • Do not delete or modify the traces of the accident.
  • Take photos of the scene and, if possible, photos of the car seat.
  • Call a law office with experience in handling all types of accidents to advise you on your legal options.
  • If you were involved in a drunk driving accident and, or your child, were injured or your property has been damaged by the actions of such negligent drivers, an accident lawyer can help you recover monetary damages.

How Can the Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary Help?

Contact The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary to find out more about receiving compensation for injuries caused by child car seats. The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary can help you obtain compensation for medical bills and for your pain and suffering. Call The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary today at 305.416.9805.

In our everyday lives, we place our trust in the safety of the products we use. Their proper application and function enhance our experiences. However, injuries sustained from the same products will burden our existence. Therefore, it is in our best interest to pay attention to safety and proper handling.

Tips for Correctly Using a Product

  • Use products according to their destination. Follow the product's instruction manual.
  • Use the manufacturer guidelines for installation.
  • Pay attention to the way you use them, don't be negligent.
  • Do not use them in "abnormal" ways and do not "misuse" them.
  • When you are aware of the proper ways of using a product but you do not conform to them, it is considered that you have accepted the risk of the use. For example, when you use a machine without a proper guard.
  • In the case of products that require training or expertise for use, such as medical products or industrial products, make sure that you are knowledgeable about the use and potential hazards.
  • Do not modify or alter the product.
  • Do not attempt to use products when you know nothing about them. Do not let others, for example, children, use products not intended for them.
  • When a product has an obvious risk of injury, you can not recover for those injuries from the manufacturer. For example, you can not hold reliable alcohol producers.

Product Liability

If you have suffered an injury due to a defective or unsafe product, it is important to know the following:

  • You should collect medical records, photographs of your injury, and medical bills. You have to be able to prove that an injury occurred and how severe it was.
  • In order for the product's designer, manufacturer, or retailer to be held liable, you have to be able to prove that what caused your injury was a defective product. You must retain the defective product or its broken parts.
  • You should take action as soon as possible as product liability cases have strict filing deadlines.

What the Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary Can Do for You

Our offices are experienced in representing product liability cases. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to a consumer product, we can provide expert legal counsel so that you will make an educated decision about your claim.

We can represent you during the course of legal proceedings. In order to obtain the compensation you deserve, contact The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary today at 305.416.9805.

Who does not like to relax by the pool during the hot summer days? Unfortunately, pool-related injuries are quite often caused by the owners' negligence. Most often, they fail to ensure the necessary safety of the pool, hot tub, or pool deck. Each year thousands of people, especially children, are injured or die in accidents that occur in swimming pools. Recent studies show that more than 1,300 children die each year in pool accidents. Also, more than 5,000 children are hospitalized with serious injuries such as fractures, brain injury, or spinal cord injury.

Drowning Incidents Related to Pool Drain

Most of the pool-related accidents are caused by malfunctioning suction drains that can trap swimmers underwater. Accidents are, also, caused by missing or broken drain covers that can expose swimmers to the suction of the drain.

According to the law, all public and private pools must comply with the safety standards to prevent drain suction accidents. The use of non-approved covers is in violation of federal laws. Pool owners have to complete a Pool Drain Safety Compliance Sheet that will indicate any change of grate/cover or pump installed on their pool since the original compliance check in 2010.

Drowning Incidents Related to Outlet Covers

Inlets and outlets where the suction is very strong can trap body parts or hair, causing the person's head to be held under water. Hair entrapment takes place when the water flow inside the inlet takes the victim's hair into and around the outlet cover. The hair is therefore pulled into the drain due to the suction created.

How Can the Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary Help?

The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary can help you recover monetary compensation from the responsible party in case of a pool or hot tub accident. We work with experts in this field to determine who is liable for your accident: the owner, the supervisor, the manufacturer of the pool or the person in charge of the maintenance of the pool. Give us a call at 305.416.9805 and you will have the professional legal representation ready to face even the toughest cases.

Under the pressure of buyers' demands and motivated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's toughening standards, producers are coming up with safer, better-equipped vehicles.

According to the IIHS, a group founded by auto insurers, in order to receive a Top Safety Pick Award, the vehicle has to earn top scores for occupant protection in 4 of the most common kinds of crashes: front crashes, side crashes, rollover - roof strength, and rear crashes.

Beginning with 2013, the Institute is constantly changing the criteria for determining the safest cars. That was the year when they have created a new category, Top Safety Pick+ that awards models that offer proven crash avoidance technology.

In 2014, they added good or acceptable performance in the small overlap front test. This test evaluates the effects of crashing into a tree or utility pole at 40 mph.

In 2015, IIHS asked for better results in the small overlap front crash test and for efficient automatic braking technology. With this in mind, the safest brands and models for the past 5 years are as follows.

Safest Brands in 2010

  • Hyundai/Kia that had 9 cars in the top.
  • Volkswagen/Audi that also had 9 vehicles.
  • Subaru, with 5 cars.

Safest Cars in 2011

In order to establish 2011's safest cars, Forbes magazine took the IIHS's data, excluded SUVs, crossovers, and pickup trucks and kept only those cars that received perfect "good" scores in all tests. The top 3 winners were:

  • BMW 5-Series (Large luxury sedan)
  • Buick LaCrosse (Large luxury sedan)
  • Cadillac CTS Sedan (Large luxury sedan)

As noted in IIHS' reports, in serious crashes it is the larger, heavier vehicles that offer better occupant protection compared to the smaller, lighter ones. Many small cars are equipped with advanced safety technology but cannot break the laws of physics and be stronger than cars that weigh twice as much as they do.

2012's Safest Brands

  • Toyota/Lexus/Scion that had 15 winning cars.
  • General Motors with 14 cars.
  • Volkswagen/Audi with 13 cars.

Safest Cars in 2013

  • Acura TL
  • Chrysler 200
  • Dodge Avenger

Safest Cars in 2014

  • Chevrolet Impala
  • Buick Regal
  • Subaru Legacy/Outback

Safest Brands for 2015

  • Toyota
  • Honda
  • Subaru

As they have been diligent in implementing the crash-prevention technology, for 2016 the Asian manufacturers keep their dominance in the Top Safety Pick.

How Can The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary Help

Contact our offices as soon as possible if you have been involved in a car accident. The Law Offices Of Sean M. Cleary are experienced in handling many diverse car accident cases from head-on collisions and drunk-driving accidents to pedestrian accidents and accidents involving defective equipment.

We work with various specialists and are able to properly investigate the circumstances of your accident. The Law Offices Of Sean M. Cleary can be contacted at 305.416.9805.

Inside of Home Slip and Fall Safety Tips

  • If anything wet spills, clean up as soon as possible. Avoid leaving the floor, the ladder or any other freshly-wiped surface wet or avoid walking on them, if possible.
  • Ensure rugs are securely fixed on the floor, by using heavy furniture or non-skid mats to keep them in place. Wear slip-resistant shoes so you can decrease the risk of slipping.
  • If your home has furniture with wheels or other wheeled surfaces, avoid standing on them, both you and your children.
  • Objects lying on the floor, ladders, stairs etc are tripping hazards, so make sure you remove them frequently: toys, books, clothes, etc. Heavy traffic areas should have open walking pathways, so arrange your furniture properly.
  • Make sure your staircases have handrails at least on one side. For the safety of your children, you can install special gates at the top and bottom of stairs.

Outside of Home Slip and Fall Safety Tips

  • Outside your home, pay attention to the exterior walkways, not to retain water from gutter downspouts. In the winter months, beware the icy spots.
  • Ensure there is adequate outdoor lighting for safe walking.
  • When using a ladder place it on a firm, solid surface and even tie it down when you use it outdoors. Keep both hands and at least one foot in contact with the ladder and do not lean or overreach.

It is not unusual to slip and fall even within a familiar environment such as your home. In fact, it is one of the main risks of fatalities, according to the National Safety Council. Therefore, prevention should be the first habit any member of the family and community pays attention to. The most common locations for accidents are ladders, stairs, doorways, ramps, hallways, and areas with heavy traffic. Also, wet areas and uneven surfaces.

What to Do in Case an Accident Occurs

Despite prevention measures, sometimes accidents happen. If any serious injury occurs, we advise you to call the firm and document the scene exactly how it happened. Our number is 305 416 9805.

Regarding future slip and fall compensations or remedies, we advise you to:

  • Begin by inspecting the area where the accident happened.
  • Determine what was the cause: was it a wet floor or a neglected object in your pathway, an icy pathway, poor outdoor lighting, etc?
  • The next step is to collect all the significant evidence that may help illustrate your declaration.
  • We also suggest taking notes about any involved factors, such as bad weather (if outdoor), hazardous conditions, or even hidden factors.
  • If possible, take pictures from the place of the incident.
  • Were you alone or was anybody else with you that can help document it? If any witnesses were present, you may want to collect their contact details.
  • Sometimes there is also a contributory negligence, as the law calls it, regarding any of your personal contribution to the injury. Have you put yourself in danger by not wearing proper footwear or eyeglasses in case of poor vision, for instance?

How Can The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary Help?

What you have to do right after the slip and fall is to examine your physical condition and call for professional help, depending on how you feel. If you have suffered an injury, you may qualify for damages or remedies from those responsible - a landowner, a business manager etc.

From the very beginning, the assistance of any of our experienced lawyers may be to your best advantage. That means going through the entire process in a more efficient and time-wise manner.

Our lawyer will carefully examine the circumstances and make sure you receive the correct compensation. You will be assisted in every step of the process and you will receive all the necessary clarifications regarding your case.

Studies show that young drivers are more prone to accidents due to their lack of experience and poor hazard detection. There are several other risk factors that influence their safety on the road, including:

  • Low-risk perception
  • Risk-taking
  • Lack of skill
  • Distraction
  • Night driving
  • Alcohol and drug use

In the US, 243,243 young people aged 16-19 died in 2013 in car accidents. This means that 6 teenagers within this age died each day due to car crash injuries.

Defensive Driving

By adopting defensive driving techniques, many could keep accident-free driving records. If you want to drive defensively:

  • You should keep your hands on the wheel at all times
  • Stay focused
  • Continuously scan the road ahead
  • Check the mirrors
  • Avoid driving when you are tired or upset
  • Drive at speeds that other vehicles are going
  • Be careful to the road and weather conditions

What to Do in Case an Accident Occurs?

No matter how carefully you might drive, accidents can happen due to other drivers' fault. You should know how to react in this situation to reduce costs, prevent further injuries and accelerate the repair and clean-up process.

  • First of all, check if all the passengers are safe. You should always have in your car an emergency kit and a card with information about your medical health (any serious diseases, allergies, blood type or any condition that might require special medical attention).
  • Stay on the scene of the accident. If the other driver leaves the site of the accident to write down his license plate or take a photo. Make sure you take photos of both cars' damages and call the police. Limit the conversation about the accident with the other driver and stick only to the information you need: exchange the name, phone number, and policy number.
  • Get the contact information of witnesses if there are any. Sometimes the police will not respond to accidents if there are no people injured. In this case, you have to fill out an accident information form that you should always have in your glove compartment.

How Can The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary Help?

Car accidents can take a tremendous toll on everyone involved. The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary can negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf and we will make sure that you receive just compensation. Call 305.416.9805 and let a dedicated personal injury attorney deal with your case.

Keep your peace of mind and your driving experiences safe by properly maintaining your tires. Pay attention to this important detail and your car will benefit from better steering, traction, stopping, and load-carrying capacity. Correctly inflated and maintained tires will also increase miles per gallon.

Safety Tips

One of the causes of extremely dangerous accidents is tire blowouts as it is natural for tires to lose pressure. Under normal conditions, tires are estimated to lose 1 psi each month.

Use these tire safety tips for prevention:

  • Check all tires, including the spare one, once a month and before every long trip.
  • You can't estimate the pressure in your tires just by looking. You need to use a good tire gauge.
  • Check the air pressure when the tires are cold before you drive or at least 3 hours after you have driven.
  • Check your car's alignment periodically. Unbalanced assembly of tire and wheel can result in irregular wear. Pay attention to signs of trouble such as vibration or "pulling".
  • Rotating the tires regularly helps extend their life, also improves performance. Rotate your tires every 5000 miles in order to achieve uniform wear.
  • Visually check your tires for obvious signs of wear. Look for uneven wear, high and low areas, or unusually smooth areas.

In dangerous situations, to minimize a potential accident, the National Highway Commission recommends:

  • Don't apply the brakes and take your foot off the accelerator.
  • Resist the natural inclination to oversteer and as calmly as possible lead the car in the direction you want to go.
  • Gradually slow down.
  • Carefully apply the brakes.

What to Do in Case an Accident Occurs

  • Report the accident immediately to the police and ask for medical assistance if necessary. Make sure the police have all the details of your accident.
  • Document the scene. Take as many photographs as possible. Focus on the damage your car has suffered and pay special attention to the tire blowout. Try to use different angles. Also, document the injuries you or your passengers have sustained. Identify the witnesses. It is in your interest to make contact with them. Try to write down their names and contact details and to record their answers.
  • Preserve the evidence. Keep your vehicle, especially the tire, in the same state as when the accident occurred.
  • Obtain medical documents. If the emergency services arrive at the scene, make sure they examine you. Follow-up in order to benefit from a thorough examination.

How Can The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary Help?

Car accidents can take a tremendous toll on everyone involved. The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary can negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf and we will make sure that you receive just compensation. Call 305.416.9805 and let a dedicated personal injury attorney handle your case.

In Miami, Florida, water can be the place where you test your craziest ideas and where you overcome your limits. Over the years, a lot of people craving for adrenaline, have started practicing extreme water sports in favor of the traditional water sports as polo or swimming. However, besides the fun and intense feelings that such activities involve, a series of safety measures have to be taken. Here you can find some safety tips for each and every one of the extreme water sports in order to keep safe while practicing them.


Whether you own one or you are going on a cruise, you must always wear a life jacket as it is one of the most important parts of a yacht safety equipment. Moreover, every person on board should wear one.

Not to mention that you should always check the weather conditions and do a pre-departure investigation of the boat in order to make sure that it is functional and that you haven't forgotten anything.

Scuba Diving

First of all, those who want to take up this sport must be incredibly good swimmers. Second of all, a performant equipment and great practice are needed if you consider trying this.

Before going underwater make sure your scuba diving equipment is functioning properly and avoid using one that you don't know how to operate. It is also safe to plan your diving days before and always have someone to accompany you.

According to Chapter 27 of the 2003 Florida Statutes, all divers must prominently display a divers-down flag in the area in which the diving occurs, other than when diving in an area customarily used for swimming only. The divers-down flag means that one must meet the specifications mentioned in Chapter 27 of the 2003 Florida Statutes.

A diver down flag also called a scuba flag, is a flag displayed on the surface of the water showing there is a diver below. This is a safety measure to indicate to boats they should steer clear for the safety of the diver and of the dive boat. In the U.S., this is a red with a white diagonal stripe flag. Also, the flag has to be square or rectangular, if it is rectangular, the length must exceed the height; the flag must have a wire or other stiffener to hold it completely unfurled; the minimum size for divers-down flags on a buoy or float towed by the diver is 12 by 12 inches; the minimum size for divers-down flags on a vessel or structure is 20 by 24 inches; flags displayed on a vessel must be on the highest point of the vessel and must not be obstructed in any direction.

Water Skiing

This is one of the extreme water sports that involve serious injuries. The safety of those brave enough to try it is mainly ensured by lower leg gloves and a pair of special glasses that reduce facial injuries.

The water ski rope is another important aspect regarding one's safety while practicing this sport. It should be very resistant and in accordance with each person's weight and height. Also, a dry suit is recommended when water skiing in cold weather.


First rule: never sail alone! Always check the weather forecast before sailing and avoid areas where people usually swim so you won't hurt anyone. In addition to this, you should dress correctly, wearing a wetsuit and a hat to protect you from the sun. And don't forget to drink a lot of water!

How Can The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary Help?

Watersports accidents can take a tremendous toll on everyone involved. The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary will investigate and handle the case on your behalf and we will make sure that you receive just compensation. Call 305.416.9805 and let a dedicated personal injury attorney handle your case.

Summer can be a good friend for kids but it can also bring a lot of troubles for those children whose parents don't take the necessary safety measures when letting them play in the water. Whether you go to the seaside or to the pool, a child should always be supervised, even though he knows how to swim.

While Playing on the Beach

  • First of all, it is advised to look after children while playing on the beach. Even more, when they are close to the water, because they can get lost easily through the wave of people or through powerful water waves. Don't count mainly on lifeguards, they can't guarantee you that your child will be safe.
  • Second of all, even though your kid can swim, don't let them get into water that is more than 2 feet higher. Make sure they wear a safety vest as often as possible or at least when they're swimming in the sea or in the ocean.
  • Equally important are the lifeguard's warnings which should always be taken into consideration. They don't fly that red flag on the beach just because. They are willing to protect you and your family from a potential accident caused by the strong currents and waves. So keep in mind: in this kind of situations, you MUST NOT let your child play close to the water.
  • Another key point in maintaining your kid safe when going to the beach is learning them not to touch marine animals like jellyfish, as they can cause irritation or other skin injuries. Not to mention that the water should be warm, with temperatures between 28°C and 30°C, if you don't want your child to catch a cold.
  • As an ultimate precaution, you might learn first aid measures yourself in order to help your kid in case of an accident, before any doctor arrives.

No fun compares to playing into the water in the summertime. A holiday at the seaside is what most kids dream about when it is too hot outside to even breath. Yet, if you don't want your long-awaited vacation to transform into a nightmare, you should consider the safety tips above.

How Can The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary Help?

A child's accident can take a tremendous toll on everyone involved. The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary will investigate and handle the case on your behalf and we will make sure that you receive just compensation. Call 305.416.9805 and let a dedicated personal injury attorney handle your case.

Safety Tips

Careless behavior and inattention are some of the causes leading to boating accidents in Florida. Pay attention to your surroundings and respect basic safety measures. Even if you're only renting a boat, remember that rental facilities have to assure pre-rental or pre-ride instruction on the safe operation of the vessel.

Before riding a boat make sure it is equipped with the necessary, properly functioning safety equipment, prescribed for different categories of boats. If for example, you are riding a 16 feet or longer boat, you must carry a "Type-4" flotation devices and life vests for every person aboard. Lifejackets must be coast guard approved, in good and serviceable condition, and must fit the user.

The lifejacket could protect lives in the following cases:

  • When capsized in rough water
  • When sinking in heavy sea conditions
  • When thrown from the boat
  • When injured by rocks
  • When unconscious from carbon monoxide fumes
  • When unable to swim

Another life-threatening risk boat operators and passengers face is hypothermia. It occurs when the body's internal temperature drops below normal.

To prevent death by hypothermia riders are advised to:

  • Keep dry
  • Wear proper clothing
  • Get out the water as soon as possible
  • Avoid drinking alcohol prior to or while on water
  • Increase the energy reserve prior to going on the water
  • Avoid swimming unless you are sure you can reach the shore or your vessel
  • Keep your clothes on in the water

As shown above, many of Florida drowning victims were good swimmers. Swimming might not save your life in case you are caught by a rip current. Rip currents form when large amounts of water at the shoreline rush in a narrow path back to the sea. If you are caught by such a current there are some techniques that could save your life:

  • It is not safe to swim against the current
  • Swim parallel to shore until the current lessens
  • Float with the current until it dissipates
  • Always swim in front of a lifeguard

How Can The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary Help?

The truth is that boating accidents and accidents, in general, will continue to happen. However, The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary would like you to know that the number of victims and the severity of the injuries can be considerably reduced by being properly informed about the risks and respecting basic safety measures.

Cruise lines and cruise ships need to meet every requirement of the maritime law and to ensure the safety of their passengers during the voyage. As a passenger, however, you also need to prepare and follow some common-sense rules that improve your chances for a safe, event-free cruise trip.

In this age of the internet, for example, it is not wise to post and brag on social media or forums about planned trips, especially not about the exact dates and routes. Giving out this kind of information makes passengers vulnerable to cruise ship accidents as well as to thieves and robbers who learn valuable information about houses left empty. The following are safety rules that you can follow while aboard a cruise ship:

  • Don't take a cruise alone. People who are alone are more prone to attacks. Even if you go with others, make sure they are friends, and that you have a good relationship with them so that you don't find yourself in a nasty fight (and alone after that) during the trip. This rule applies to on-shore excursions also: never engage in such trips alone.
  • Do not share your financial status with anyone on the cruise ship. Make sure that sensitive documents and personal data from your laptop or other devices are never opened when someone else can take a look at them. Also: do not open your wallet or handbag where others can see their content.
  • Do not share personal information with members of the crew. It is important to know that cruise lines forbid such behavior.
  • Do not accept drinks from people who are not familiar to you.
  • For health reasons, only use the restroom in your cabin; do not use the public ones.
  • Do not let your children out of your sight, not even for brief moments.
  • During storms and rough seas, stay off the deck, away from windows and large objects that could move.

These are basic, common-sense rules, and are only some of the ones to keep in mind when registering for a cruise. It is recommended obtaining thorough information before registering for a cruise.

Using the right combination of seat belts and airbags is a decision that may have saved many people's lives before and will also in the future. Airbags have been protecting lives since their introduction in the 1980's, making a difference between fatal injuries and less severe ones, as bruises, for instance.

However, the airbag safety provided is also proven to come with a cost - the risk of causing a certain degree of harm- even if minor, to drivers and passengers being involved in a car accident. If the harm is rather substantial, then a proper investigation may establish the distinctions between the car owner's fault or the fault of the people who manufactured and/or sold the car.

In the particular cases of defective airbags, our specialized staff is available for evaluating the context, bringing the necessary amount of expertise and legal knowledge.

How Can an Airbag Be Defective?

The design and functionality of the airbag may vary significantly from a manufacturer to another. There are differences regarding the size, the shape, the placement, the manner in which an airbag inflates and the speed of the airbag deployment.

Here are some possible airbag faults to be taken into account:

Defective Crash Sensors

If crash sensors are not working properly, the airbag may not deploy or it may deploy too late to protect the persons from injuries. The car company is responsible for designing a good frame of the vehicle, to ensure the signal is received fast enough by the crash sensors, and that means testing how they work on crash test dummies.

Cuts or Tears in the Airbag

Any of these can prevent the airbags from deploying properly.

Missing Internal Tethers

The straps of the tethers help the airbag keep a flat pillow shape instead of a rounder, closer one. The closer it is, the harmful it proves for the driver or the passengers involved in a car accident.

Horizontal Inflation Design

It seems that the danger of injuries lies in having airbags that inflate horizontally, compared to the safer airbags that inflate upwards and then they extend outwards.

Overly Inflated Airbags

If the airbag inflates too much, it causes severe injuries and fatalities due to insufficient space between the persons and the car's safety system. Multi-force inflators are preferred, as they are safer than single-force inflaters, generally used for older car models.

Insufficient Testing on Various Passengers' Statures

Sometimes, the stature of the person involved in the car accident may be significant in terms of airbag safety. There must be a special care for kids' safety, also for shorter or taller people traveling in a car. The manufacturers have the duty to test their airbags on crash test dummies of different statures.

Short Circuits in the Control Module

If there are any malfunctions like fluid leaks, be aware that they cause short circuits also produce unexpected deployment of the airbags, thus causing unnecessary harm to driver or passengers.

Other Potential Hazards

Other factors that affect deployment of airbag systems include:

  • The position of the seat
  • Occupant position and weight
  • System failure
  • Tethering and inflation volume
  • Airbag folding
  • The material inside the airbag
  • The angle of airbag deployment
  • The rate of airbag deployment
  • The threshold of airbag deployment
  • Airbag venting
  • Sensor design

Considering that airbags deploy at a speed of 200 mph or more, there is also the hazard of being injured by the airbag itself. Other components may cause injuries when the airbags deploy by breaking the dash and the high-speed flying pieces can hurt the passengers.

As preventive safety measures, when you decide to buy a vehicle, it is best to check with the sales people that the car is safe and properly adjusted to your needs. If it is a new car, there are many modern improvements that increase the airbags safety - ask for all the details. When you buy a used car, make sure the airbags are not cut or torn, have a professional inspection and certification. If you need to replace the airbags for any reason, go to authorized car services.

Airbags safety is an important part of your overall safety while using a car. For any unfortunate circumstance, our team of experts is ready to offer you assistance regarding your legal rights and claims.

How Can The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary Help?

Sean M. Cleary knows how airbag accidents affect victims and their families, and we have years of experience in dealing with car accidents.

If our client has a valid legal claim, we will pursue just compensation from the parties responsible for the accident, either through a settlement or through beginning a lawsuit. We will make sure that you will benefit from the rightful compensation to cover the costs of medical bills, property damage, and lost wages. Do not hesitate to contact us at 305.416.9805.

There are mistakes that manufacturers can make while designing or building a car. Mistakes that can lead to serious accidents and damages, mistakes that most of us are not aware of until they impact our lives. Many think they are safe if they put the seatbelt on and drive a car that has as many airbags as possible. However, there are other aspects regarding the safety of a car that should be taken into consideration. 3% of traffic fatalities are caused by rear-impact crashes. The fact is that not all car seats have protected their passengers in rear-end accidents. Even when passengers took necessary measures and had their seat belts on.

What Can Happen during a Rear-end Accident?

  • The front seat collapses.
  • The driver loses car control.
  • The driver can be ejected from the car.
  • The driver's neck and head can hit the back seat. The impact can cause a major injury. The driver's neck can be broken, leading to instant paralysis. There can also be brain damage.
  • The passenger in the back seat can be critically hurt by the collapsing front seat. Tragically, these types of accidents took their toll on children.

Why Do Car Seat Accidents Happen?

Conducting an investigation about collapsing seats, CBS Los Angeles found that:

  • The safety standards for the proper strength a seat should provide are inadequate. That means seats can meet the federal safety standards and still be unreliable in a moderate to high-speed crash.
  • Problems stem from the way the seatback or the recliner mechanism is designed. Car seats are stronger than in the past. However, when adjusted in certain positions they can become weaker. That is what Ken Saczalski, a structural engineer specialized in accident investigations, has seen in his activity.

Safety Tips

  • Seat children behind empty seats.
  • If all seats are occupied, place children behind the lightest person.
  • The CBS Los Angeles investigation cites an expert stating that some European automakers have better car seat results in crash tests. These automakers are:
    • BMW
    • Mercedes
    • Volvo

What to Do in Case of an Accident

If you are involved in an accident:

  • Do not leave the place, change, or dispose of pieces of evidence.
  • If there are victims, call 911.
  • If a child is injured or dead, also call the FIMR.
  • If the accident has only material damage, take the car off the road or move it closer to one of its sides.
  • If the accident was caused by a design defect contact our law office.

How Will The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary Help?

Injuries caused by car seats collapsing are, frequently, severe. They will affect victims forever or for a long time. With the help of a biomechanical engineer, we will determine what happened to a person's body as the car seat collapsed. We investigate and gather evidence in order to prove what caused the accident and the injuries. Accordingly, whenever the injuries are compensable we will be able to sustain a case.

Contact The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary at 305.416.9805 and benefit from our expertise.

The need for a healthier alternative to smoking brought in 2007 the vaporizer on the American market. Manufacturers marketed it, also, as a smoking cessation aid. Some studies have found that vaporizers are more likely to help in nicotine abstinence than nicotine replacement therapy. However, the vaporizer is a product that can cause addiction to nicotine. Moreover, many of those vaping continue to smoke. In which case, vaporizers can cause more harm than good. Additionally, the vaporizer is a product popular among teens. Therefore, instead of helping people get rid of the unhealthy nicotine, vaporizers may make it more fun or accessible.

Types of Vaporizers

  • Cigalikes. They look like a classic cigarette.
  • eGos or vape pens. They are bigger than a cigarette and have a removable tank that stores the e-liquid containing nicotine. They aren't equipped with a removable charger.
  • Mods or personal vaporizers. These are the largest option and are defined by their customizability.

Vaporizers Dangers

Some products might be dangerous as they could:

  • Offer an unreliable dose of nicotine - too strong or too weak
  • Contain toxic chemicals or carcinogens
  • Contain leaking nicotine
  • Be fake, the majority of these products are sold through the internet
  • Contain undisclosed ingredients
  • Be contaminated
  • Be expired
  • Some pieces can be a choking hazard, but only a few products warned about this issue

Other aspects of concern

  • E-liquid cartridges that leak, making contact with the substance unavoidable
  • Products improperly designed, difficult to use
  • Chargers that need immediate replacement, lasting not even 24h
  • Products that are too heavy
  • The plastic mouthpiece that is too hard, improperly designed
  • Improper product labeling; some products do not warn about the potential for burn injuries, overheating or explosion
  • Some products do not offer using instructions

Safety Tips

  • Avoid counterfeits. Be informed about brands and products. Use products made in the USA.
  • Make sure to use the product as instructed.
  • Do not let the atomizer overheat.
  • Avoid wet or watery situations.
  • For models equipped with USB chargers, use only the port or power adapter provided with the vaporizers.
  • Use only the charger that comes with the battery.
  • Keep the charging area free of clutter, especially highly flammable things.
  • Do not overcharge.
  • Use models that have detachable batteries as they appear to be safer.

The moment a fire starts, your time to escape safely is quite limited, around 2 minutes. Having a fire safety plan may help you get out faster. It is advised to talk to all your household members about making a fire escape plan. You should practice this plan twice a year. 60% of house fire deaths are caused by smoke alarms that don't work. If smoking alarms do work, the chances of dying in a fire are reduced by 50 percent. A way to ensure fire safety is by identifying and removing fire hazards from your home. This also means keeping flammable items, for example, drapes, away from heating elements.

General Fire Safety Tips

  • Make sure you check the electrical plugs and cords for frayed wires.
  • Make sure to unplug appliances when you don't use them.
  • Keep the handles of the pot turned inward and make sure they are away from the edge of the stove.
  • Make sure you check the batteries of the smoke detector and also make sure to keep it clean. The batteries should be changed two times a year.
  • Keep the heater you use for water no higher than 120 F.
  • Before using them in winter, assure that the chimney and the fireplace are clean. Never overload electrical outlets.

Fire Safety Tips For Kids

It is estimated that in 2013, 334 children died in house fires. Also, in 2008 alone, 61,000 children around the world died from fire or burn.

  • Make sure to teach your kids not to play with matches and lighters or cook without being in the presence of an adult. Keep lighters and matches away from small children.
  • Create and practice, together with your family, a home fire getaway plan. For every room, you should have two exits in case of fire. Set up a timer to see how fast your family can get out of the house. The kids will surely enjoy it, and it will prepare them for a real emergency.
  • Children should know how to react when the smoking alarm goes off. Teach them to stop everything they're doing at that moment, drop down low, and crawl (or roll) to the closest safe exit. 

Contact The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary Today

If you have suffered injury because of negligence, a defective product, or another type of incident, you may be entitled to reimbursements for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and reduced future income, and diminution in lifestyle. Please contact The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary today at 305.416.9805 for a free case evaluation and to determine the most appropriate plan of action.

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