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When can homeowners be held liable for Halloween injuries?

For some people, Halloween is a chance to go all out with decorations, costumes and scary pranks. When they get a little too caught up in making their home a Halloween adventure for trick-or-treaters, serious injuries can occur. Homeowners can also be held liable for them, no matter how well-meaning they might have been.

How you can help ensure your child's safety at camp

Whether you're sending your kids off to camp for the last weeks of summer, or you're enrolling them in a local day camp, it's essential not to assume that the camp and its staff will always take the necessary precautions to keep them safe. It's important to do your homework.

When may a liability waiver be unenforceable?

If you're a parent, you've probably signed your fair share of liability waivers. Likely you haven't always read them or even realized that the liability waiver language was tucked in a permission slip for a field trip or other school activity as well as community sports programs. Liability waivers are common for many summer activities as well -- from day camps to swimming lessons to indoor activity centers.

When is a store owner responsible for a shopper's injuries?

Shoppers who brave the Black Friday crowds the day after Thanksgiving aren't the only ones who can suffer injuries while doing their holiday shopping or hunting for bargains. Thousands of people are injured in this country every year while shopping.

Mississippi family settles lawsuit with yacht club, power company

The family of a Mississippi man who lost both of his legs and one of his arms in a tragic accident has settled a lawsuit they filed against the Gulfport Yacht Racing Association and Mississippi Power. Details of the settlement weren't made public.

Preparing your kids for Halloween dog encounters

Before you know it, you'll be getting into Halloween preparation mode with your children. If they're going to be trick-or-treating, it's essential to make sure they know what to do when they encounter a dog. Too often, dogs rush out the door when it's opened and end up running loose --- excited and possibly afraid. Whether your kids are with you or another adult or they and their friends are old enough to venture out on their own, potential dog bites and attacks are something to be aware of.

The hidden dangers of pool drains

This time of year, parents pay extra attention to pool safety. They make sure that their young kids know how to swim and stay safe in the pool. One danger that too many parents don't consider involves pool drains. Getting sucked onto and into drains and trapped underwater are genuine dangers. Since the 1980s, at least 36 deaths have been linked to suction entrapment.

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