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Dangerous deck chairs make lying out risky business

With the warm weather Albany has had recently, there have likely been a number of people lying out on deck chairs, soaking up the sun. Since Albany has such cold and snowy winters, it may be the only chance many people in upstate New York get to enjoy the summer sun, but there are always reports of individuals getting stuck in or injured by their deck chairs that could lead to numerous product liability lawsuits.

Of course, no one should have to fear that his or her deck chair will be the source of injury, at least not if the individual is using it correctly. Sadly, some chairs are defective or they were designed in a way that makes them especially susceptible to accident or injury. This is not the customer's fault and is often something he or she is unaware of, making it the manufacturer's responsibility to pay for any injuries that result.

Although one of the most recent injuries didn't happen in New York, it is exactly the kind of accident that could leave an Albany resident hospitalized and seeking compensation. An elderly woman had gone out to get some sun on one of the hottest days of the summer, but quickly became stuck in the deck chair's frame after the canvass tore. Unfortunately, she was unable to get herself out or reach a phone, and spent nearly the whole day trapped.

By the time she was freed, she was dehydrated and injured. She was taken to the hospital, fortunate that a neighbor had stopped by.

Source: The Telegraph, "Woman rescued after getting trapped in deckchair," July 16, 2013

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