Finney Injury Law - December 2018


Achoo! That’s the last noise you want to hear this winter. Cold weather brings a slew of sicknesses, so be vigilant to treat these common illnesses, or better yet, avoid them altogether. THE COMMON COLD Although there is no cure, a cold is easier to treat than other illnesses. If you or a loved one has a runny nose, low-grade fever, headache, cough, nasal congestion, or sore throat, the common cold has most likely taken hold. With the help of rest and perhaps some cold medicine, like cough drops and decongestants, the cold will come and go in about a week. BRONCHIOLITIS Bronchiolitis appears most commonly in children less than a year old and

is caused by other viruses. Of the many symptoms — nasal congestion, low-grade fevers, and coughing — wheezing is the one you should be most concerned about. If your child is having difficulty breathing and is dehydrated, they may have caught a more serious strain of the virus. Most children will recover with at-home rest, but some may need to be hospitalized for more severe symptoms. INFLUENZA The flu is known for causing high fever, muscle aches and pains, nausea, and other symptoms similar to a cold. Often, the fever will last for around five days, but it can be shortened with the aid of antiviral medications. However, these medications are recommended only for children who face serious complications

or hospitalization from the flu. If you want to avoid catching this, your best bet is to receive the annual flu vaccine. STREP THROAT A sore throat, headache, stomach ache, vomiting, and high fever are signs of strep. This infection is treated with antibiotics and should be addressed soon after the first symptoms appear to prevent further complications. Children with strep throat should stay away from school and other activities until they’ve been on antibiotics for 24 hours. Everyone knows that getting sick is no fun and is best avoided at all costs. However, it happens to everyone eventually. Catching a virus or infection in its early stages can help you shake the sickness much faster.


There’s no busier time for retailers than the holidays. Over 100 million people — nearly a third of Americans — hit the stores on Black Friday, and they continue coming in droves for the rest of the season. Long lines and a shortage of hot items may seem like the biggest headaches during holiday shopping, but they’re nothing compared to the stress you’ll face if you’re

Even with premises liability law in place to protect you in the event of an injury, the best-case scenario is always avoiding an injury in the first place. To that end, it’s important to be mindful of common hazards that cause injuries in stores, restaurants, and other businesses. Slip and falls happen frequently, especially with shoppers tracking snow and water into aisles. Look out for slick surfaces, and never run, even if you’re on the hunt for a hot item. Poor store maintenance is another red flag. If a display looks precariously stacked, all it takes is a stray shopping cart to send boxes tumbling to the ground. Ramps and entryways can also be sources of trouble, so look for obstructions as you enter and exit a property. Unfortunately, not all injuries are avoidable, especially when business owners are less than diligent about keeping their locations safe. If you’ve been injured while on the property of a business, Finney Injury Law can help you receive the compensation you deserve. Call us today to find out how we can help with premises liability cases.

injured while trying to secure presents. Due to the volume of shoppers during the final months of the year, store maintenance is a challenge, leading to a potentially dangerous environment. The type of law that deals with injuries that happen while you’re on private property is called premises liability. In Missouri, premises liability isn’t a black-and-white issue. The state uses a statute called the “pure comparative negligence rule.” Basically, it means that blame is determined on a percentage basis. For example, if you are found to be 30 percent at fault for a premises liability accident, you will receive 70 percent of cost of damages.


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