By: Joseph Cammarata
On Sunday July 22, a woman was struck by a loose umbrella and impaled in
the chest while visiting a Maryland Beach. The incident is the second
case within a week in the local area involving an umbrella that was swept
off the beach into the air.
According to officials from Ocean City, the 54-year-old woman was impaled
in the chest when a gust of wind lifted an umbrella off the ground and
sent it flying across the beach. Authorities report that she was struck
by the sharp end of the umbrella, used to drive it into the sand, and
was conscious after the incident. Emergency personnel had to cut off a
portion of the umbrellas shaft before she was transported by a Maryland
State Police helicopter to a local hospital.
The Ocean City injury was the second in a week to involve an umbrella being
blown out of the ground by wind on an East Coast beach. Early last week,
a beach umbrella on the New Jersey shore struck and pieced a woman’s ankle.
Protecting the Rights of Victims
At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., our personal injury
lawyers represent victims who suffer harm through no fault of their own
throughout Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC. Over the years, we
have seen similar cases involving preventable injuries sustained on local
beaches, and have handled cases involving umbrellas which were not properly secured.
While every accident and
personal injury case is unique, there are certainly questions raised as to whether or
not these types of injuries can and should be prevented. When investigating
cases on behalf of injured victims, we conduct the necessary investigations
to determine whether umbrellas and other items which cause injury were
properly secured, and to determine who can be held liable for victims’
damages, including their medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering.
While cases of flying umbrellas may involve liability on the part of individuals
who owned and failed to properly secure them, they may also involve entities
that failed in some capacity to address potential hazards and keep guests
safe. This is often the case when injuries occur at private beaches, beach
clubs, or pools and resorts where staff have an obligation to address
dangers that may potentially harm guests.
If you have questions about beach-related injuries involving umbrellas
or other objects that were not properly secured, or other preventable
accidents, our firm is available to review your case and determine whether
you may have a viable personal injury claim. To request a free consultation,
contact us today.