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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...
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...
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...
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...