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Winter Recreational Sports Injuries: Tips for Staying Safe

The Harding Law Firm - Monday, January 26, 2015

Recreational Sport Injuries

Here in the northeast, there is usually no shortage of snow and ice. And for the winter sports enthusiasts and even kids hitting the local hills for sledding, the opportunity to sustain an injury is pretty great.

Staying safe and avoiding injury is important, but so is knowing your limitations, skills, and even your rights to a personal injury lawsuit if you get hurt. If you find that you’ve been injured during winter recreational activities, be sure to contact us and schedule a personal injury consultation so you can recover anything that may be rightfully yours (health costs, lost wages, etc.).

Children who engage in winter sports need to be provided with the right protective equipment and supervision to ensure their safety during winter activities. Unfortunately, negligence can often lead to winter accidents, leaving kids with serious injuries; including: spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, broken bones and other injuries that might have a permanent impact on their lives ahead. Whether it was a school-sponsored sport or other outdoor winter recreational activity, the Harding Law Firm can help ensure your right and those of your children are protected.

In order to ‘play it safe’ this winter, here are 6 actionable tips for protecting your health and well-being while having fun in the snow and ice this year:

Head Protection: Skiing and snowboarding accidents can lead to traumatic brain injuries; keep a helmet on.

Falls & Spills: When learning a winter sport, especially from a professional, make sure your instructor provides useful strategies to falling – whether on snow or ice.

Respect Rules & Boundaries: Posted rules and boundaries are there for a reason, make sure you follow all guidelines, they’re there for your protection.

Weather: Keep an eye on weather conditions and recommendations made by the pros, changing weather conditions can put you in a precarious spot.

Be Mindful of Exhaustion: You might not think to do it, but hydrate before going out and being active in the winter weather. Exhaustion can cause all kinds of avoidable problems.

Plan & Report: Don’t go out alone, especially without someone knowing where you are going and what you are doing. You wouldn’t want to be stranded and injured with no one knowing where to look for you.

Understanding Child Custody and What It Means for Each Party

The Harding Law Firm - Friday, January 09, 2015

Child Custody

Child custody isn’t a cut and dry aspect of divorce. In fact, child custody has several forms: two being sole custody and joint custody. With each type comes different rules, standards, and laws, but in the end, it is the children’s best interests that are at the forefront. And, no one can deny, children have the right to be fed, clothed, and protected until they reach adulthood.

A Lawyer’s Role

A lawyer’s role will often be to help present the facts during a divorce so that a judge can issue a custody order which lays out the custody arrangements. If one parent is not awarded custody, the judge will assign visitation rights. If there is sufficient cause, one or both parents may, in the future, apply to the court for a modification of child custody.

What is Sole Custody?

Sole custody means that one parent gets physical as well as the legal custody of the child or children.

What is Joint Custody?

Joint custody, on the other hand, is where both parents get the right to have a say in making decisions for the child(ren). In many cases, it’s worked out, legally, where the child gets to stay for a set period of time with each parent.

Joint Custody, Cooperation, and Communication

In the situation where joint custody is the agreement, it’s important that both parents are cooperating and communicating effectively regarding any decision making about their children. It’s not hard to imagine that often during divorce proceedings, the relationship between spouses can take a turn for the worse and conflict is a regularly occurring event.

It then becomes inherently important for the co-parents to seek mediation and improve their communication styles. Why? The children involved won’t feel secure, may have behavior issues because of inconsistencies, their problem solving abilities may suffer, and the example they follow will grow with them into their own adult relationships.

No matter the state of a relationship, the law requires the parents to act in the best interests of the child This is where pre-determined custody agreements (by a judge) may come into question and legal counsel is sought to amend or completely change a custody agreement. If you or someone you know is in this situation, do call us for a consultation.