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Common Slip and Fall Accidents and How to Avoid Them

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...
Don’t Walk It Off! Five Tips Slip and Fall Lawyers Want You to Know

Don’t Walk It Off! Five Tips Slip and Fall Lawyers Want You to Know

Chances are that if you’ve suffered a slip and fall in a place of business or public building, it wasn’t your fault. While these places are legally obligated to keep areas safe and to make any hazards clear, too many places fall short, with public safety suffering as a result. If you’ve had a fall that wasn’t your fault, you’ll want to submit a claim to get the compensation you deserve, a claim that could be worth millions of dollars. What victims don’t realize is that they’re responsible for making sure their case is as strong as possible, and that they can take steps to make this happen. Here’s what slip and fall lawyers want you to know about this. Seek Medical Help Immediately  The first thing you should always do in slip and fall cases is to seek medical attention. Even if your injury feels minor, head straight to the hospital without delay. You could be saving yourself a lot of pain later on. Also, the sooner you go to the hospital, the stronger your case will be in a claims court. Revisit the Site to Confirm What Went Wrong  You may think you know what happened, but you should always go back to confirm what it was that caused slip and fall accidents. Maybe it was a wet floor without a warning sign or maybe it was an icy entranceway or some falling debris. Whatever the cause, go back and re-trace your steps. Don’t forget to take plenty of photographs. All of this will help you remember things more clearly when you’re in court. Be as Discreet as...
Cruise Disasters: How Common Are Accidents, Injuries, and Other Mishaps?

Cruise Disasters: How Common Are Accidents, Injuries, and Other Mishaps?

Accidents can happen anywhere, but if you’re ready to board a cruise ship for your next vacation you need to be cautious. Cruise disasters may not happen all too often as car accidents or plane crashes, but they do happen. From storms to explosions, the number of things that can go wrong when out to sea are numerous. Here’s everything you need to know about what can go wrong and what you can do if such things arise. One Of The Safest Ways To Travel “Airplanes are the safest way to travel.” You’ve heard this at least once in your life. Without a doubt, this phrase is partially true. According to the BBC, while the likelihood of injury or death during a flight is low, cruise ships have – on average – a lower death rate. The number of people who died during commercial flights peaked at 373 in 2011. Car accidents faired worse with the World Health Organization estimating over a million deaths each year. If you’re ever in a car accident, here’s a brief guide on what you should do. As for cruise ships, between 2005 and 2011, the death toll peaked out at 16 people out of 100 million passengers. Types of Cruise Disasters With casinos and buffets, cruises have plenty of things to distract you from the laborious duties that get the ship to move. There’s plenty that can go awry from technical mishaps and people falling overboard to gastrointestinal outbreaks. From 2009 to 2013, cruise ship incidents rose. From technical failures, fires, and collisions, the death toll reached 50 with over 300 injuries. Gastrointestinal...
How David Singer & Associates, P.A. Handle Slip and Fall Cases

How David Singer & Associates, P.A. Handle Slip and Fall Cases

An accidental fall can cause major injuries and is more common than you could imagine. In fact, in 2015 over 33,000 deaths occurred as a result of unintentional falls. If you or someone you care about suffered a slip and fall accident, receiving legal compensation for the injuries is a possibility. A slip and fall lawsuit boils down to proving damages and liability. An attorney knows which details of your case affect both aspects of a lawsuit. Keep reading to learn how an attorney can help with slip and fall cases. Damages: Documentation and Proof In slip and fall claims, damages include: Lost income Medical costs Pain and suffering It’s not enough to state your injuries, though. Documentation is necessary for everything. Employee pay records, tax records, and other tax forms can prove lost income. It’s bad enough to deal with an injury, let alone lose income over it too. The attorneys at 1800AskFree will make sure that you receive the best compensation possible. Medical records and bills are obtained and organized for presentation in your case. Getting complete medical records is sometimes difficult. Your attorney will help track them down for you if needed. If the records are not complete enough for legal purposes, a medical report is often requested from your doctor. This medical report needs to address the causal connection between your injuries and your slip and fall incident. Lastly, your attorney will go over your pain and suffering with you. It’s important that it’s presented in the most favorable manner. Proving Liability: Who’s to Blame? The next thing that needs addressing is who is at fault for your injuries....
Everything You Need to Know About a Slip and Fall Accident

Everything You Need to Know About a Slip and Fall Accident

Did you know that falls are the second leading cause of accidental injury deaths worldwide? That’s right – and while not every fall accident is fatal, you can still suffer serious injuries and will often be entitled to compensation. If you’ve suffered a fall and aren’t sure what to do next, this article is for you. Keep reading for everything you need to know about slip and fall accidents. You’ll Need to Fill out an Accident Report Immediately after your fall, you’ll probably be asked to fill out an accident report by the owner of the property where you fell. It’s important to fill this out correctly, noting down all important details. For example, if you fell because of wet flooring or a loose cable, you should be sure to include this in your report. Since an accident report is so crucial when it comes to seeking compensation, you should always report falls to the property owner or appropriate person as soon as they happen – or you won’t have a report to fill in. You Could Be Eligible for Compensation Slip and fall accidents can affect your life in a variety of ways, so the type of compensation you fight for will vary from case to case. For most injuries, you’ll be able to claim for medical bills, pain and suffering, and out-of-pocket expenses incurred as a result of your injury. If you had to take time off work because of your injury, you could also claim for lost wages. Be sure to speak with an experienced attorney to ensure you get everything you’re entitled to. Liability Usually Rests With...
Tips to Avoid Construction Site Accidents

Tips to Avoid Construction Site Accidents

Construction site accidents are all too common, but they can have serious consequences. Not only can accidents impact the physical and emotional health of the workers, but these mishaps can also delay projects and make it difficult to get crews onsite to handle the critical tasks. By following a few tips, you can reduce the chances of having major incidents and keep your construction site safe. Concerning Statistics It’s no secret that construction sites are some of the most dangerous places to work. In fact, out of nearly 4,700 worker fatalities in 2016, 21.1 percent were in the construction industry, according to statistics from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The highest risks include falls, being struck by objects, electrocutions, and being caught in or between walls or other objects. OSHA Training One of the best ways to protect your construction site is to require every worker who will be on the site at any point to attend an OSHA training session. OSHA provides detailed training manuals and resources designed to help construction companies create their own training for their workers. It’s important to follow their guidelines and topics to ensure that every worker on the site receives training that applies to their job. Some of these topics include fall prevention, hazard communication standards, general requirements in scaffolding, respiratory protection, and ladders. Maintain Proper Signage On a construction site, it’s impossible to communicate updates to every worker when people are coming and going at all hours of the day. You could have the concrete team starting their pours early in the morning, while some crews could come in later...