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

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

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

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

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

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...