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The Dangers of Pokémon Go

The augmented reality game Pokémon Go was released in the United States on July 6, 2016 and has become a phenomenon in its short time on the market. There are 20 million users in the US, compared to 10 million users on the microblogging site Twitter at the same point in its life. The electronic game allows people to hunt and capture virtual monsters that are hiding in real world locations. To find the Pokémon it is necessary for you to run, walk, bike or generally participate in some type of physical activity in the real world. Your activity is rewarded unique creatures like the Venonat suddenly appearing.

The game warns players to pay close attention to their surroundings and to take sensible precautions when playing, but the rabid hunt for Tampa Bay Pokémon has many not practicing common sense, resulting in a number of preventable injuries.

The Injuries:

This will sound ridiculous but, despite being on the market for less than one month, there has been a number of Pokémon Go injuries to people around the world and in Tampa. The list of injuries compiled by medical professionals includes:

  • Sprains
  • Fractures
  • Concussions
  • Slip and falls.

That is correct, Pokémon Go players in locations like Tampa are falling into ditches, tripping over curbs and even crashing into parked cars. It is a problem for children, young adults and even respectable people over the age of forty.

No matter if we play it or not, Pokémon Go is now a part of our world, and it is essential we all become alert and aware of our surroundings. Diligence will help us avoid the small number of players who consider the hunt for Pikachu to be a reasonable excuse for darting into traffic. Always be on the lookout for players willing to sacrifice your safety.

If you or a family member has suffered an injury due to the negligence of another party while playing Pokémon Go, it is essential that you speak with a Tampa personal injury attorney to discuss your options. Diaco Law is here to help, call 888-SOS-FIRM.

Joseph F. Diaco Jr. discusses the potential liability and hazards of pool ownership


Temperatures in Tampa make it possible for pool owners to swim nearly all year. The problem with extended pool time is that there is an increased likelihood of a tragic accident if pool owners do not take the proper steps to limit unsupervised access to the water. To minimize the potential for drowning, a homeowner will want to:

  • Install self-closing/self-latching gates
  • Install all gate latches 54 inches above the ground
  • Install an approved child-safety barrier or a pool safety cover
  • Install exit alarms on all windows/doors leading to the pool area.

It is important to keep in mind there is no substitute for diligent and proper supervision of all swimmers when a pool is accessible.