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Common Slip and Fall Accidents and How to Avoid Them

Slip and fall accidents are more common than you might think, with nearly one million occurring annually. While some result in minor injuries, others are considerably worse, resulting in broken bones and even death. Though they can happen anywhere from a simple trip to the grocery store to an extravagant cruise ship vacation, the sad fact is many slip and fall accidents are preventable. Let’s learn about the most common incidents and how you can avoid them. Weather as the Culprit Slip and fall accidents that occur as a result of weather are common. The truth is you can’t control the weather. Thunderstorms, tornadoes, and even hurricanes can wreak havoc in and around property often resulting in hazards that turn in to accident sites. Businesses, including restaurants, shops, hotels, and more are responsible for sidewalks, parking areas, entryways, and interiors free of debris and water which can create slip and fall hazards. If you find yourself out and about before, during, or after a storm, be cautious as you go from place to place and avoid areas that might cause issues. Of course, you can’t always see slippery spots and falls with injuries do occur. Should you sustain an injury as a result of a weather-related slip and fall as a result of negligence on the part of a business, help is available for you. Wet, Uneven Surfaces – With or Without Weather Issues More than 50 percent of all slip and fall accidents are caused by wet or uneven surfaces. While some of these are the result of weather conditions, others are not. Slip and fall accidents from...

What to Expect if Your Car Accident Injury Case Goes to Trial

After being involved in a car accident, dealing with a law suit may be another added stress factor you have to deal with. Depending on the severity of your injuries, damage to your property, or the other party’s insurance provider, trial may be necessary to get the compensation you need to get your life back to normal. If you decide to sue the at-fault driver for compensation, here is a basic guide on what you need to know about going to trial for a car accident injury case.    1. Opening Statement The first thing that’s going to happen is that both your attorney and the defendant’s attorney will state their opening cases to a jury. This introductory monologue is when each attorney outlines the key point in their case. Once opening statements are over your attorney will get the chance to go into further details about your case by presenting your claim.    2. Present Your Claim  Presenting your claim means your attorney will need to provide proof that will back up the points they made in their opening statement. This proof could be witnesses that saw the accident happen, police reports, medical experts who treated your injuries after the accident, accident recreation specialist testimony, and any photographs you took.  3. Defendant Presents Their Claim  Next is the defendant’s attorney’s turn to make their case. They will provide their proof and give their version on how the accident happened. After both parties have presented, it’s time for closing arguments.  4. Closing Arguments Once both attorneys are satisfied with the information they’ve presented, they will summarize the main points illustrated in their opening statements and in your claim....

The Different Types of Car Accident Insurance Explained

Over 140 million workers commute to work each day, a number that steadily keeps growing. With more and more cars crowding the roadways, chances are high that you’ll be in a car accident at least once. Crashes aren’t limited to rush hour. People indulge too much at parties or on special holidays and then get behind the wheel, making the roads unsafe. When you’re in a crash, it’s too late to start thinking about what type of car accident insurance is available. Keep reading to learn about your options before you really need it. Liability Most states won’t let you drive a car without liability insurance, which covers the basics in case you’re at fault in a collision. Liability insurance handles things like paying for damage and injuries to the other party if you’re at fault. It’s always a good idea to carry coverage beyond what your state requires, just in case. The more protection you provide for yourself and your assets, the better. Comprehensive The majority of drivers- around 77% – purchase both liability and comprehensive insurance. Comprehensive is just like the name suggests – it covers a wide range of incidents. Get comprehensive insurance to cover losses due to bad weather, theft, damage from hitting a large animal, and more. Underinsured/Uninsured Motorist Protection Other drivers might not have as much coverage as you do, or any at all. Under-insured or uninsured motorist protection covers damages to your car in case you’re in an accident with someone who has little to no coverage. In South Florida, this type of insurance is critical since the amount of uninsured motorists on the road is so high. Collision...

Summer Driving: More Dangerous Than You Think

Do you know the most dangerous time of year to be driving? Many people assume it’s winter because of dangerous driving conditions created by snow, sleet, and ice. But the statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that car accidents peak during the summer months.  Keep reading to learn more about why summer driving can be so dangerous and how you can keep yourself and your family safe this season.  Why Is Summer Driving So Dangerous?  We know that a car accident is a common occurrence during the summer months, but why is summer driving more dangerous than winter? There are a few factors that stand out.  First, there are typically more drivers on the road. Summer is a favorite vacation time, especially for families, and a lot of people head out on annual summer road trips. Summer also means more teen drivers on the road because they’re not in school over the summer. Additionally, there is more construction on the roads, and obstacles like detours can cause confusion with drivers which may lead to more accidents.  Motorcycles are another concern in the summer when riding conditions are best for much of the country. Motorcyclists that don’t have the ability to ride for several months out of the year may have weakened reflexes, especially in heavy traffic. Couple that with drivers being unaccustomed to checking for motorcycles, and those who may be driving in areas they are unfamiliar with, and an increase in motor vehicle accidents is almost inevitable. Tips For Driving Safe This Summer  There are a lot of reasons that driving in the summer is risky but there are some easy things you can do...

Traveling with the Kids this Summer? Learn Our Top Road Safety Tips

Summer is here and for many families, it’s time to hit the road! Driving is second nature, but it’s easy to forget how to be safe during a long car ride- especially when you’re travelling with kids. Summer driving leads to more accidents because there are more people on the road. So what are the best ways to stay safe during your drive? Keep the road safety tips listed below in mind, so you get your family through the road trip in one piece. 1. Have Your Vehicle Inspected Your car might work fine on short trips. But when is the last time you tested it’s performance for hours at a time? If there is an issue with your car, extended use could cause that issue to present itself and create a dangerous situation on the road.  Some of the most important components to check before embarking on your vacation are your tires, brakes, and all engine fluids. The summer heat adds more stress to your engine making it work harder to run. A quick trip to the mechanic could decrease the chance of any of these problems happening and an accident occurring. 2. Limit Distractions When you’re traveling for summer activities, getting your whole family together in one vehicle can mean added noise, movement, and distractions you may not be used to dealing with on your daily commute. Remember to bring vehicle-appropriate activities, snacks, and beverages with you to keep kids occupied. If your children will have access to tablets, mobile phones, or any other kind of electronic devices, make sure they also have headphones to reduce noise.  3. Remember to Schedule Breaks...

Slip and Fall Claims: Do I Have a Valid Personal Injury Case If I Slip and Fall in a Store?

A slip and fall claim occurs when a person injures themselves on someone else’s property. Often, the property is a business, but it could also occur on private property. What are the most common slip and fall accidents? Do you have legal grounds for a lawsuit? Read on to find out. Common Types of Slip and Fall Injuries Slip and fall injury types can range from minor to extreme. Globally, an estimated 646,000 individuals perish from falls each year. Other injuries that are common after a slip and fall accident include: Broken bonesSprains or strainsPermanent scarringHead trauma or traumatic brain injuriesSpinal cord damage Elements of a Slip and Fall Claim If your accident occurs at work, then you need to file a slip and fall accident report. Inform your employer immediately. If it occurs elsewhere, then inform the property or business owner. If you’ve suffered injuries after an accident, then you may be facing serious losses. The CDC confirms how fall injuries are among the 20 most expensive medical problems. Injuries could result in: Medical billsCosts associated with prescriptions or over-the-counter painkillersLost wagesLost earning capacityEmotional distressPhysical pain and suffering Many victims recover these losses through a slip and fall lawsuit. To get the best settlement offer, you’ll need to prove a few basic things. Here are the elements of a slip and fall lawsuit: The person or entity you’re suing owed you a duty of careThe defendant should have known about the conditionsThe condition must have been dangerousThe accident must have caused damages The first element is easy to prove as long as you were an invited guest on the property. Employers...

Can I Sue a Cruise Line for Personal Injury? What You Need to Know

Over 12 million Americans sail on cruise ships each year. While most of these trips are fun and relaxing vacations, in some cases the unthinkable can happen. From the Costa Concordia shipwreck in 2012 to the Carnival Triumph disaster in 2013, accidents on cruise ships have left passengers seriously injured and even dead. If you suffer an injury while on your cruise vacation, can you sue the cruise line for this personal injury? You may be left with medical bills, lost wages, and emotional distress. What can you do about this? Read more below to find out everything you need to know in the event of a cruise ship accident. Can You Sue A Cruise Line? The short answer is yes, you can sue a cruise line – under certain situations. In order to sue a cruise line, you need to show that the cruise line was negligent. What exactly is negligence? Negligence is when the party fails to use reasonable care which causes damage or injury to someone.  For a cruise line, this means that they failed to provide a safe environment for their passengers. An example of this would be if you tripped and broke your leg due to a broken step on a staircase. If the step had been broken for some time and the cruise line was aware of it, this would be considered negligence.  In order to sue a cruise line, you will need to first check your contract. There are often stipulations in the contract for suing including a statute of limitations and certain disclaimers. What Type Of Injuries Can You Sue For? Some common examples for cruise lines include:...

Top Causes of Accidents Involving Young Drivers

If you have a young driver in the home between the ages of 15 and 20, you need to have a serious talk about automobile safety. In 2016, 2,433 teens lost their lives in motor vehicle accidents. Sadly, the number of crashes resulting in injuries is more than 100 times higher. When it comes to the leading causes of teen deaths, motor vehicle accidents are at the top of the list. The number one reason car accidents become deadly is the failure to wear a seat belt. It’s important for parents to reinforce the need to wear seat belts. Also, talking with your teen about safety on the road and not being distracted while driving is vital. Operating a motor vehicle without concern for safety is dangerous and can impact more lives than just the driver.  Keep reading for the top causes of accidents among young drivers. Texting While Driving We live in a world where people can’t seem to put down their phones. Even when driving, people continue to text and check social media. This can lead to distracted driving and fatal car crashes. Young drivers especially fail to see how dangerous this practice is. It places them and others in harm’s way. Bans on texting while driving are proving to be beneficial for road safety. States that have implemented laws that prohibit texting while driving are already seeing a decline in related accidents.  Young Drivers are Easily Distracted If texting isn’t bad enough, there are other things that distract drivers and cause teen car crashes. Loud music, too many people in the car, and not paying attention...

Medical Errors That Can Lead to a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

Most medical professionals strive to do the best work they can every day. However, not even medical professionals are free from scrutiny. Patients rely on doctors and other medical professionals to treat mild to severe conditions. Although cases of medical malpractice aren’t the most common, they do happen. What could lead someone to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against a doctor or other medical professional? Continue reading to find out more about when you can and should sue for medical malpractice. Medication Errors  Medication errors can occur in several different ways. To start, your doctor may prescribe the wrong medication for your condition. This can cause serious harm to a patient. Sometimes a certain medication will be given to the wrong patient in a hospital. More often, though, there will be an error in dosage. The doctor may mistakenly write the wrong dosage on the prescription. This may then lead the nurse to administer the wrong dosage. Sometimes a piece of medical equipment will malfunction and cause the patient to intake a larger dose of medication. Incorrect Diagnosis  If the doctor fails to diagnose a condition, this could lead to serious long-term consequences. The doctor may leave a serious condition untreated, causing the patient to miss a vital treatment window. These cases account for the largest portion of medical malpractice lawsuits. Some cases even result in death. Cases of misdiagnosis can be difficult to prove. A misdiagnosis can happen to even the most experienced and skilled doctors. Usually, the doctor’s competence will be compared to a similar medical professional. Childbirth Injuries Childbirth is one of the greatest experiences any of us can ever...

Tips for Getting the Best Possible Personal Injury Settlement Offer

On average, there are 10 million car accidents per year. More than two million people are injured in those crashes. Yet, only a small percentage go on to file personal injury lawsuits. If you do file a suit, there’s a good chance you’ll receive a settlement offer. Deciding whether or not to accept a settlement offer is a personal decision. It’s a decision you should make with your lawyer and your family. But there are some factors that may help you decide. Read on to find out more about how to get the best settlement. Analyzing a Settlement Offer You may have heard that you should never accept the first offer someone gives you. That may be true if you’re haggling with a car salesman, but it’s not always true when it comes to a lawsuit settlement. If you have a strong case, it’s worth pushing back against the initial settlement offer. What if the case is more complicated? Then, you may have to take what is offered to you. Let’s say you get hit by a drunk driver. Police arrested the driver, and there’s clear evidence of intoxication. In that case, you have a good chance of getting a fair personal injury settlement. If the other party knows your case is strong, they’ll be more eager to settle. Around 95 percent of lawsuits get settled before trial. If the other driver was drunk, it’s clear the accident was their fault. Yet, it may not be 100 percent their fault. It is important to ask your lawyer about contributory negligence laws in your state. Contributory negligence refers to something the plaintiff did to worsen...

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