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10 Children Taken to Hospital After Gas Leak Near Pool

Date:  July 7, 2012
Location:  Club Sport swimming pool, Tualatin
Name:  Jarod Cogswell

A day at the swimming pool turned into a night in the hospital for 10 children after they were exposed to a toxic gas leak from one of the pool’s pipes. The incident happened Saturday evening at Club Sport in Tualatin.

Witnesses told KPTV that a number of children in the pool began to get violently ill and have difficulty breathing, all at the same time. Though lifeguards quickly evacutated the pool at around 5:30 p.m. and called paramedics, 10 children between the ages of four and eight were deemed seriously ill and were transported by ambulance to a number of area hospitals.

Club Sport General Manager Jarod Cogswell said it is normal for a pool pipe near where the children were playing to release gas but said this is the first time it has sickened people. Cogswell said the pool has been operating the same way for the past 12 years.

The pool remained closed Saturday night, and Cogswell says it won’t reopen until the fault that caused the children to become ill is found and repaired. As of Sunday, all 10 children are expected to recover.

We send our best wishes for a full and speedy recovery to all the children injured in this frightening incident, and we hope they are out of the hospital soon.

If a child is injured, the statute of limitations is complicated. ORS 12.160 states that the time for bringing the lawsuit does not start being counted until the child turns 18. However, the time limit will never be extended for more than five years, nor will it be extended for more than one year after the child’s 18th birthday.

In general, if a child is 17 or older at the time of the accident, the statute will run in two years, just like for an adult. If the child is between 12 and 17, the time limit will run out on the child’s 19th birthday. If the child is under 12, the time will run out 7 years after the injury.

So if your child has been injured, in either an auto crash or another type of accident, protect their rights (and your financial well-being) by considering a personal injury attorney. Remember, our Portland personal injury lawyers offer free consultations and as father’s we are even more personally concerned about child injury cases.

In Oregon, property owners are responsible for making certain their property is maintained safely, without any unreasonable dangers. Despite laws intended to protect people, many accidents still occur due to dangerous conditions.

If you or a member of your family have received injuries due to negligence by a property owner, contact a premises liability lawyer in Oregon to help you investigate, handle your case, and allow you to begin recovery.

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Gas Explosion in Bend Critically Injures Resident

Date:  April 19, 2011
Location:  337 ½ NW Georgia Avenue, Bend
Names:  Michael Flint, Dan and Martha Mahoney

A loose connection to a furnace’s natural gas line is believed to have caused the explosion that critically injured a Bend man early Thursday morning. The blast occurred when the man, who was a tenant in the cottage, lit a cigarette.

Just before 4 a.m. Thursday, Deschutes County 911 dispatchers received at least 15 calls to report the explosion at 337 ½ NW Georgia Avenue. The cottage in which the blast happened was behind the main residence. Deputy Fire Marshal Susie Maniscalco told KTVZ.com that evidence indicated the connection of the furnace to the natural gas line was not tight enough, allowing gas to leak into the cottage.

Records show Dan and Martha Mahoney own the cottage. The injured man was identified as Michael Flint. He was initially taken to St. Charles Medical Center-Bend, then flown to the burn center at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, where he remains in a critical condition. The cottage was virtually destroyed and two adjacent houses were also damaged as the fire spread.

We would like to wish Michael Flint a full recovery from his injuries after this horrifying accident.

In Oregon, property owners are responsible for making certain their property is maintained safely, without any unreasonable dangers. Despite laws intended to protect people, many accidents still occur due to dangerous conditions.

Common types of premises liability cases include:
Slip and Fall:
Example: A store owner fails to mop up a wet floor, or provide proper traction, and a person slips and falls as a result.

Inadequate Maintenance:
Example: A hotel owner fails to maintain the premises, like when a falling tree branch injures a passerby because it has not been properly trimmed.

Defective Conditions:
Example: A property owner fails to repair or warn the public about a dangerous condition in the area, such as a broken staircase.

Inadequate Security.
Example: A parking structure company fails to install adequate lighting or warn patrons about dangerous criminal activity taking place on the premises.

If you have received injuries due to negligence by a property owner, contact a premises liability lawyer in Oregon to help you investigate, handle your case, and allow you to begin recovery.

SW Jefferson St. Tree Injured Portland Woman Walking By

Date: March 21, 2012
Location: Southwest Jefferson Street, Portland
Name:  Sabrina Vanriette

 A Portland woman is in fair condition at OHSU Hospital after being struck by the branches of a massive tree that fell down on Southwest Jefferson Street Wednesday afternoon. The tree also took out at least four windows of the church tower at St. James Lutheran Church. Some of the windows date back to 1907.

The report in KATU.com said Sabrina Vanriette, 52, was walking on the sidewalk near the church at about 4:40 p.m., when the tree simply fell over, and the branches crashed down all around her. Portland Fire and Rescue spokesman Paul Corah said Vanriette was examined by emergency responders called to the scene and then taken to OHSU Hospital, where she is listed in fair condition. Vanriette’s brother said she suffered a broken collarbone and is lucky to be alive.

The tree that fell appeared to be either a large elm or oak tree, more than three feet in diameter, about 75 feet tall and probably about 100 years old.

We would like to wish Sabrina Vanriette a full recovery after her frightening ordeal, and we hope she is out of the hospital soon.

If a city, state, county, or other public body is being sued, a Tort Claim Notice must be received by the entity being sued within 180 days of the injury. Don’t miss this deadline! ORS 30.275 contains the details. If you cannot figure them out by yourself, please call us. We are happy to help.

In Oregon, property owners are responsible for making certain their property is maintained safely, without any unreasonable dangers. Despite laws intended to protect people, many accidents still occur due to dangerous conditions.

Common types of premises liability cases include inadequate maintenance; for example when the property owner—in this case the City of Portland–fails to maintain a premises, like when a falling tree branch injures a passerby because it has not been properly trimmed.

If you have received injuries due to negligence by a property owner, contact a premises liability lawyer in Oregon to help you investigate, handle your case, and allow you to begin recovery.


Man Fell into Corrosive Chemical Tank and Died on Swan Island

Date:  February 19, 2012

Location:  6000 block of Basin Avenue, Swan Island Industrial Site

Name:  John Michael Summers

Portland Fire and Rescue performed the grim and dangerous job of recovering a man’s body from a tank of toxic and corrosive chemicals Sunday. The tank was on the D/B Boaz barge located at an industrial site on Swan Island, alongside the Willamette River.

John Michael Summers, 57, of Pe ell, Washington, was standing near an open hatch which led into a 40-foot by 50-foot tank  that was filled to a depth of 12 feet with a liquid chemical called Lignin Amine. When a co-worker turned away, then turned back, Summers had disappeared and the alarm was raised. Officials now believe Summers leaned down to open the hatch, passed out from the fumes and fell in. Lignin Amine sucks oxygen out of the air; there was less than a one percent concentration of oxygen at the surface of the tank, and anyone falling in would have been unconscious in a matter of seconds.

Rescue crews were called and used a camera to confirm Summers’ body was in the tank, which was then drained. It took crews about 45 minutes to then enter the tank and recover the body, according to the report on KOIN Local 6. Officials were unable to say whether or not Summers was wearing any safety equipment but said it was a situation which called for precautions to be in place.

We would like to extend our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of John Summers at this tragic time.

In Oregon, property owners are responsible for making certain their property is maintained safely, without any unreasonable dangers. Despite laws intended to protect people, many accidents still occur due to dangerous conditions.

Common types of premises liability cases include:

Slip and Fall:
Example: A store owner fails to mop up a wet floor, or provide proper traction, and a person slips and falls as a result.

Inadequate Maintenance:
Example: A hotel owner fails to maintain the premises, like when a falling tree branch injures a passerby because it has not been properly trimmed.

Defective Conditions:
Example: A property owner fails to repair or warn the public about a dangerous condition in the area, such as a broken staircase.

Inadequate Security.
Example: A parking structure company fails to install adequate lighting or warn patrons about dangerous criminal activity taking place on the premises.

If you or a family member have received injuries due to negligence by a property owner, contact a premises liability lawyer in Oregon to help you investigate, handle your case, and allow you to begin recovery.

Wilsonville Teacher Died from Injuries Sustained in Classroom Fall

Date:  February 7, 2012
Location:  Inza R. Wood Middle School, Wilsonville
Name:  Susan Asher

A seventh grade social studies teacher from Wilsonville has died from her injuries after falling in her classroom last Thursday. Students and parents were informed Tuesday morning.

According to the report in The Oregonian, Susan Asher was hospitalized last Thursday after a fall. Staff members tried to help her, but the yearbook teacher had suffered traumatic injuries, and an ambulance transported her to a local hospital. Her family had told the school’s principal, Barb Soisson, that they had seen hopeful signs of a recovery over the past five days, but sadly, Asher died from her injuries Tuesday.

We send our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Susan Asher at this horrible time.

In Oregon, property owners are responsible for making certain their property is maintained safely, without any unreasonable dangers. Despite laws intended to protect people, many accidents still occur due to dangerous conditions.

Common types of premises liability cases with examples:
Slip and Fall: A store owner fails to mop up a wet floor, or provide proper traction, and a person slips and falls as a result.
Inadequate Maintenance: A hotel owner fails to maintain the premises, like when a falling tree branch injures a passerby because it has not been properly trimmed.
Defective Conditions: A property owner fails to repair or warn the public about a dangerous condition in the area, such as a broken staircase.
Inadequate Security:
A parking structure company fails to install adequate lighting or warn patrons about dangerous criminal activity taking place on the premises.

If you or a member of your family has received injuries due to negligence by a property owner, contact a premises liability lawyer in Oregon to help you investigate, handle your case, and advise you of your options.

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