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Graves Thomas Halloween Safety Tips

Graves Thomas Halloween Safety Tips

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Graves Thomas Halloween Safety Tips

Let’s get ready to sugar rush! Halloween is one day that many families enjoy and look forward to trick-or-treating each October. There’s nothing quite like getting creative with costumes and getting candy and goodies while showing off your special outfit. While a fun night of treats awaits, we have some practical safety tips to help ensure you stay injury-free and avoid scares lurking on Halloween.

1. Always remember to look both ways when crossing the street and try to avoid walking between parked cars.

2. Stay in groups and have a buddy to help stay safe while traversing the neighborhood.

3. Carry a flashlight with you and stay within areas well-lit by streetlamps if possible to ensure a safer time.

4. Younger children should always be accompanied by a parent or adult.

5. If driving through a neighborhood, drive slowly and be very alert. Children are twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween. With increased foot-traffic drivers should use headlights to be more visible for trick-or-treaters.

6. Make sure that your child’s costume fits properly to avoid tripping. Avoid masks that obstruct vision or outfits that aren’t fire-resistant.

7. Add glow-in-the-dark accessories that can make your child visible in the dark, or wear reflective or bright colors to help allow for visibility.

8. Check all candy before allowing your child to eat it, especially to ensure there are no choking hazards. Make sure each piece is factory sealed and unopened – unfortunately , safety concerns with candy that has been tampered with are on the rise.

9. Be sure to check your local trick-or-treating times to make sure that you are out and home at an appropriate time.

10. Keep your property safe for trick-or-treaters. Thus, you should make sure your walkways are clear, your porch is well lit, and your decorations are don’t create fire hazards or trip visitors. You may want to put warning signs by uneven pavement, steps, or conditions that could threaten the well-being trick-or-treating… liability for property owners is a very real Halloween issue.

11. HAVE FUN!

We practice a personalized, community-centric brand of law. We take the time to know you and your situation. We react to your needs swiftly. We do things the right way—the first time. The legal talent of this team focuses on personal injury, from car accidents, motorcycle accidents, construction accidents to wrongful death, veterans affairs, and social security benefits – our firm will use our resources to both make your case and fight your cause.

3885 20th Street
Vero Beach, FL 32960

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Graves Thomas Drives To Provide A Healthy Start

Graves Thomas Drives To Provide A Healthy Start

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Graves Thomas Drives To Provide A Healthy Start

Graves Thomas Injury Law Group knows the importance of community, and what better way to show their support than to help provide for the newest members of our county.

“We are thrilled to have the support of partners like Graves Thomas Injury Law Group to give back to mommies and babies of Indian River County,” said Healthy Start Coalition Executive Director,  Andrea Berry.

Founding attorney Joseph H. Graves, partner Matthew M. Thomas and attorney Christopher Rotunda stopped by the non-profit’s new offices to deliver diapers, pull-ups and home safety elements like electrical plug covers and cabinet locks.

“In a practice that has seen injuries sustained from household issues like outlets or getting into medicine cabinets, we recognize the importance of safety measures for families,”  commented Graves, “By providing those little safety tools and helping supply items Healthy Start specified, we aim to truly help provide a healthy start for our area families.”

“Our families have shared the need for basic items like diapers, whether newborn or pull-ups for toddlers,” said Berry. “This  donation helps meet that need.”

Indian River County Healthy Start Coalition offers a broad spectrum of programs to ensure that every pregnant woman and their young children receive all necessary healthcare and support services, from prenatal resources, childbirth education and touchpoints in the first years. Healthy Start oversees a variety of classes and support roles that impact over 91% of the families in the county and endeavor to decrease infant mortality, increase familial connections while expanding a child’s horizons.

Headquartered in Vero Beach, Graves Thomas Injury Law Group spans the Treasure and Space Coast and is dedicated to representing individuals and family members impacted by a serious injury, illness or disability. For more information about Graves Thomas Injury Law Group, visit gravesthomas.com or call 772.569.8155.

We practice a personalized, community-centric brand of law. We take the time to know you and your situation. We react to your needs swiftly. We do things the right way—the first time. The legal talent of this team focuses on personal injury, from car accidents, motorcycle accidents, construction accidents to wrongful death, veterans affairs, and social security benefits – our firm will use our resources to both make your case and fight your cause.

3885 20th Street
Vero Beach, FL 32960

The AV Preeminent rating is the highest and most prestigious rating awarded to lawyers for professional expertise and adherence to legal ethics.

The information and materials on and within this web site are for informational purposes only. They are not legal advice and should not be used as such. Transmission of the information in this web site is not intended to create, and receipt does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. Internet users and readers should not act upon this information without first seeking professional legal counsel. The information in this web site is provided only as general information which may or may not reflect the most current legal developments.

THE HIRING OF A LAWYER IS AN IMPORTANT DECISION THAT SHOULD NOT BE BASED SOLELY UPON ADVERTISEMENTS. BEFORE YOU DECIDE, CONTACT US FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OUR QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE.

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Graves Thomas Gifts Back To School Backpacks and Supplies

Graves Thomas Gifts Back To School Backpacks and Supplies

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Graves Thomas Gifts Back To School Backpacks and Supplies

When it comes to helping get ready for back-to-school, Graves Thomas Injury Law Group answered the call, donating supply-filled, school-ready backpacks for the Victory and Orangewood Apartments Back To School Bash.  One-hundred-twenty-five area students received durable, high-gear backpacks filled with items that are on every Indian River County school’s list.

From packs of crayons and pencils to glue sticks and packs of paper, the team at Graves Thomas Injury Law Group sought to ensure students were equipped with what they needed to start the school year right.

“Our aim is to ensure every student is prepared and can dive in to the school year with confidence,” said Joe Graves, founding partner of Graves Thomas Injury Law Group. “We want to help instill the importance of education and provide a little assurance that they are supported and have the supplies that assist them in their scholastic journey.”

The school supply initiative of the Apartments, which are funded through the Department of Agriculture, serves as an three-fold opportunity to alleviate financial burdens, emphasize the importance of school and to serve as a channel to redirect children toward positive behaviors.

Headquartered in Vero Beach, Graves Thomas Injury Law Group spans the Treasure and Space Coast and is dedicated to representing individuals and family members impacted by a serious injury, illness or disability. For more information about Graves Thomas Injury Law Group, visit gravesthomas.com or call 772.569.8155.

 

We practice a personalized, community-centric brand of law. We take the time to know you and your situation. We react to your needs swiftly. We do things the right way—the first time. The legal talent of this team focuses on personal injury, from car accidents, motorcycle accidents, construction accidents to wrongful death, veterans affairs, and social security benefits – our firm will use our resources to both make your case and fight your cause.

3885 20th Street
Vero Beach, FL 32960

The AV Preeminent rating is the highest and most prestigious rating awarded to lawyers for professional expertise and adherence to legal ethics.

The information and materials on and within this web site are for informational purposes only. They are not legal advice and should not be used as such. Transmission of the information in this web site is not intended to create, and receipt does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. Internet users and readers should not act upon this information without first seeking professional legal counsel. The information in this web site is provided only as general information which may or may not reflect the most current legal developments.

THE HIRING OF A LAWYER IS AN IMPORTANT DECISION THAT SHOULD NOT BE BASED SOLELY UPON ADVERTISEMENTS. BEFORE YOU DECIDE, CONTACT US FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OUR QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE.

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Graves Thomas Makes A Splash For Summer Swimming Safety

Graves Thomas Makes A Splash For Summer Swimming Safety

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Graves Thomas Makes A Splash For Summer Swimming Safety: Treasure Coast Firm Sponsors Swimming Day at Gifford Aquatic Center

Graves Thomas Injury Law Group is making a splash to help promote summer water safety. The firm is sponsoring the upcoming second annual Gifford Swim Day at Gifford Aquatic Center, where children will have an opportunity learn safe swimming techniques while enjoying poolside fun.

Free to the public, the event will take place on August 11, from 9 in the morning through 1 in the afternoon, and will have swim instructors on hand to work with participating children.

Sheriff’s Deputy Teddy Floyd made the law group aware of the opportunity last year, and Joe Graves and law partner Matthew Thomas were eager to get involved. With Florida having suffered the highest numbers of pool and spa drownings for children younger than fifteen during the summer of 2017, according to PoolSafely.org, the firm felt compelled to do their part to create more awareness within the community.

 “In our practice, we recognize the importance of poolside safety,”  commented Joe Graves, founding attorney of the law firm, “Providing a day for area families to enjoy while learning – we jumped at the chance to help.”

Similar to last year, the firm will be providing Gifford Aquatic center 250 pairs of goggles, swim caps and towels for children participating in the free event.

Headquartered in Vero Beach, Graves Thomas Injury Law Group spans the Treasure and Space Coast and is dedicated to representing individuals and family members impacted by a serious injury, illness or disability. For more information about Graves Thomas Injury Law Group, visit gravesthomas.com or call 772.569.8155.

We practice a personalized, community-centric brand of law. We take the time to know you and your situation. We react to your needs swiftly. We do things the right way—the first time. The legal talent of this team focuses on personal injury, from car accidents, motorcycle accidents, construction accidents to wrongful death, veterans affairs, and social security benefits – our firm will use our resources to both make your case and fight your cause.

3885 20th Street
Vero Beach, FL 32960

The AV Preeminent rating is the highest and most prestigious rating awarded to lawyers for professional expertise and adherence to legal ethics.

The information and materials on and within this web site are for informational purposes only. They are not legal advice and should not be used as such. Transmission of the information in this web site is not intended to create, and receipt does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. Internet users and readers should not act upon this information without first seeking professional legal counsel. The information in this web site is provided only as general information which may or may not reflect the most current legal developments.

THE HIRING OF A LAWYER IS AN IMPORTANT DECISION THAT SHOULD NOT BE BASED SOLELY UPON ADVERTISEMENTS. BEFORE YOU DECIDE, CONTACT US FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OUR QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE.

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Tips For Fourth Of July Firework Safety

Tips For Fourth Of July Firework Safety

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Tips For Fourth Of July Firework Safety

The week of celebrating our country’s independence is here – bringing the joy of summer splashing, backyard gatherings with family and friends, delicious BBQ delights and the wonder of fireworks decorating the night sky. The Fourth of July is a summer staple of tradition, relaxation and joy – but also plays host to a number of dangerous activities.

Fireworks have long been a hallmark of celebrating Independence Day, and whether private or public, are often done safely without injury. That said, these are explosives…and best laid plans can go awry, with serious injuries or damage can happen as a result of mishandling, lack of safety precautions, lack of product warnings or even defective manufacturing. Even when the responsible party follows safety precautions to a T…. if there is a design defect such as fuse that explodes in an unexpected manner or prior to when it should, it could put people in danger without the ability to garner a safe distance.

While people manage to leverage loopholes to obtain fireworks, it is important to note that in Florida, aside from “sparklers,” it is mostly illegal to have fireworks.  Still, reports from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission have shown that throughout the US, 12,900 people sought treatment for theses holiday explosive-related injuries in 2017 – the majority through the ER – where “sparklers” were the number one source of injury.

Often, injuries occur as a result of staying too close to fireworks after lighting them, inadequate supervision of children around fireworks, failing to use safety goggles when igniting, attempting to light a “dud” a second time or using fireworks that were defectively manufactured.

Accidents can happen when working with fireworks, whether public or privately handled. If you suffered serious injuries as a result of the carelessness and negligence of another person or a fireworks company, you might be eligible to seek compensation for your injurie in the state of Florida. How they may be able to do so will depend on the circumstances.

Bottom line – regardless of how it occurs – injuries from holiday fireworks can be catastrophic. Graves Thomas Injury Law Group has suggestions that may aid in planning for a safe holiday and minimizing the window for serious injury or damage.

  • Is It Legal? Make sure consumer fireworks are legal in your area, before buying or using them. Never use or make professional-grade fireworks (Do not buy or use fireworks that are packaged in brown paper; this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and are not for consumer use.)
  • Extra precaution around children! Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks, including sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. This is hot enough to melt some metals.
  • Be Aware of Your Surroundings. Be sure to check around to avoid dry brush or anything close to people or buildings.
  • Treat fireworks with care – Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Move to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks. Never point or throw fireworks at another person or occupied area. Light fireworks one at a time, then move away from them quickly.
  • Good To Know H2O: Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy, in case of fire or other mishap.
  • Don’t Relight. Never try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Soak them with water and throw them away.
  • Dispose explosives with safety – after fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding the device to prevent a trash fire

Headquartered in Vero Beach, Graves Thomas Injury Law Group spans the Treasure and Space Coast and is dedicated to representing individuals and family members impacted by a serious injury, illness or disability. For more information about Graves Thomas Injury Law Group, visit gravesthomas.com or call 772.569.8155.

We practice a personalized, community-centric brand of law. We take the time to know you and your situation. We react to your needs swiftly. We do things the right way—the first time. The legal talent of this team focuses on personal injury, from car accidents, motorcycle accidents, construction accidents to wrongful death, veterans affairs, and social security benefits – our firm will use our resources to both make your case and fight your cause.

3885 20th Street
Vero Beach, FL 32960

The AV Preeminent rating is the highest and most prestigious rating awarded to lawyers for professional expertise and adherence to legal ethics.

The information and materials on and within this web site are for informational purposes only. They are not legal advice and should not be used as such. Transmission of the information in this web site is not intended to create, and receipt does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. Internet users and readers should not act upon this information without first seeking professional legal counsel. The information in this web site is provided only as general information which may or may not reflect the most current legal developments.

THE HIRING OF A LAWYER IS AN IMPORTANT DECISION THAT SHOULD NOT BE BASED SOLELY UPON ADVERTISEMENTS. BEFORE YOU DECIDE, CONTACT US FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OUR QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE.

(C) 2018 Graves Thomas Injury Law Group. All Rights Reserved | Site by Squared Studios

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