Beach Umbrella Accidents: An Unexpected Danger at the Beach

It may not be the first hazard of beach-going that one can think of, but beach umbrellas can present serious safety concerns that can have fatal consequences. A recent news article shed light on several tragic beach umbrella accidents that have occurred over the past few years as a result of umbrellas that have come loose and went flying. In fact, the article cites that, according to US Consumer Product Safety Commission data statistics, over 31,000 people were treated for breach umbrella injuries between 2008 and 2017.

As high winds can occur out of nowhere on a beach, it is imperative to use safety devices to ensure that an umbrella stays secure in the sand. There are different types of devices available, including safety weights and anchors. Depending on whether the umbrella will be used in sand or dirt, there may be different options available. You may also consider doing your research before purchasing an umbrella to check out which one has the safest features and will be best for your purposes. For example, not all umbrellas are the same--if you intend to use the umbrella for the beach, you cannot use one that is only appropriate for a patio. Once you have figured out which umbrella is appropriate for your use, take the time to learn how to properly set it up to avoid any accidents and injuries.

Some basic beach umbrella safety tips:

  • Take time to properly set up and secure the umbrella

  • Use safety devices/weights to ensure that the umbrella stays secure in the sand

  • Make sure that the umbrella is far enough in the sand

  • Tilt the umbrella appropriately to prevent the wind from picking it up from underneath

  • Don’t leave the beach umbrella unattended

  • Don’t use a beach umbrella on a windy day

  • If you have rented an umbrella, return it to the stand operator at the end of use

Beach umbrellas are ubiquitous in the summer on Long Island and New York City beaches. However, they can also be found at restaurants, parks, yacht clubs, pools, and other outdoor facilities. If you have been injured, or lost a loved one due to a beach umbrella that came loose due to the negligence of another, you may be entitled to compensation. It is best to discuss the specifics of your situation with a personal injury attorney who can advise you of your legal rights and any remedies you may have. It must be noted that there are strict statutes of limitation in New York personal injury cases, so you should contact an attorney immediately. Importantly, if your claim involves the negligence of a government entity, you only have ninety days from the date of accident to file the notice of claim.

The Law Office of Jessica M. Semins handles personal injury cases, including beach umbrella accidents, and is available to represent clients throughout New York City including Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Staten Island; Long Island, including Nassau and Suffolk counties; and Westchester. Contact The Law Office of Jessica M. Semins today at (646) 397-6844 for a consultation at the Manhattan or Melville location. Consultations are by appointment only.

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