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Slip and fall accidents can cause serious injuries, including broken bones, head trauma, spinal cord injuries, or even death. Senior citizens account for 84 percent of all fatal slip and fall cases, according to the Ohio Department of Health. With the right precautions, older adults and their family members can prevent fatal slip and fall accidents.

Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Clinic launched a slip and fall clinic to assess a person’s fall risk and help them take proper steps to prevent fatal falls inside the home.

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Not all slip-and-fall accidents in Pennsylvania automatically turn into civil lawsuits. In order to pursue compensation through civil litigation, the injured victim will have to prove that the property owner’s or some other individual’s or entity’s negligence played a part in the accident. This process is not always easy and can be rather challenging.

There are a number of questions that must be asked following a slip-and-fall accident. What caused the victim to fall? Did a dangerous or hazardous condition on the property contribute to the crash? Was the owner or property manager aware of the hazardous condition? Were there warning signs posted? Did the property owner fail to fix the dangerous condition in a timely manner? Could the accident have been prevented? Did the victim suffer an injury or loss in the accident?

Receiving fair compensation for a Pennsylvania slip-and-fall accident is difficult because it must be proven that the accident resulted from someone’s negligence. In cases where negligence played a part in the accident, compensation may be available for the injured victim through civil litigation. Damages that may be covered by a premises liability claim include medical bills, past and future suffering, cost of physical therapy, lost wages, and more.

Slip and fall accidents in Pennsylvania can happen anywhere, even in the workplace. If you suffer a fall while at work and are injured, be prepared with a few simple steps you can take to protect yourself.

  • Tell your supervisor as soon as possible. Include the fact that you were injured while at work, the type of injury, and the date and place you were injured. Your supervisor is required to report the injury to the Pennsylvania Bureau of Workers’ Compensation once you have missed a day, a shift, or a turn of work. The faster you report your injury, the faster you can obtain needed workers’ compensation benefits.
  • Seek medical treatment. If your slip and fall has caused an injury, Pennsylvania law requires your employer to pay for reasonable and necessary medical treatment. If your employer has posted a list of physicians, you must choose your physician from this list and continue treatment with your chosen physician, or another from the list, for at least 90 days.

Consequences of a slip and fall accident in Pennsylvania can range from mere embarrassment to permanent body damage. If you’re involved in a slip and fall accident, here are some tips to protect yourself and your rights.

  1. If you are seriously injured, seek medical attention immediately. If you later seek to hold a negligent party accountable for your slip and fall, a medical assessment may become the most important building block in your case. Follow all instructions given to you by your doctor.
  2. As soon as you can after the accident, write down everything you remember. What was the date and time? Where were you? How was the lighting? Did you see the hazard that caused your slip and fall, or were you surprised by it? Write down as many details as possible.

The structures we work and live in are built to be safe. However, during the construction process, when materials are haphazardly strewn about and a building’s frame is exposed, building sites are some of the most dangerous places individuals can be employed at. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of construction site owners and foremen to provide their employees with work environments that are as safe as they possibly can be.

The single most prevalent type of accident on a construction site centers around slip and fall incidents. According to an orlandosentinel.com news article, a construction worker was recently injured after he fell from the second floor of the physical science building at the University of Central Florida. The injured construction worker sustained head injuries and was transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center for treatment. Reportedly, the building is under construction.
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The personal injury law firm of Anapol Weiss is happy to announce the launching of its nursing injury news website: http://www.nursing-injury-news.com. In dedicating over 30 years to helping those injured while on-the-job and due to the negligence of others, Anapol Weiss is at the forefront of assisting injury victims receive full compensation for work-related injury, illness, assault and abuse. The debut of Anapol Weiss’s nursing injury website aims to provide updates on nursing injury news; serving as a valuable legal resource for nurses who have been hurt at no fault of their own while trying to do their job and help others.

The new nursing injury website hopes to help nurses better understand what qualifies as injury in the nursing profession and the possible legal avenues one may take to hold negligent employers accountable for their oversight or disregard. The website provides information about bed transfer injury, hazardous substance injury, equipment and appliance injuries, physical assault, physical exertion, slip and fall injuries, workers compensation, unsafe working conditions, MRSA infection, and much more.

Nursing injuries may occur at a hospital, medical facility, or at a private residence. Such injuries can take place for several different reasons, many of which circulate around unsafe working environments, improper training by staff members or employers, or various other types of negligence or reckless action on the part of a nurse’s employer. To learn more about nursing injury and what legal options may be available to you if you’ve suffered a nursing injury, please visit http://www.nursing-injury-news.com or call (866) 735-2792 for a free consultation with one of the skilled nursing injury attorneys at Anapol Weiss.

According to the chicagotribune.com website, a woman has filed a lawsuit against the Brookfield Zoo and the Chicago Zoological Society alleging that they encouraged the dolphins to splash water onto the spectator area causing the floors to become wet. The woman alleges in the lawsuit that she slipped and fell, seriously hurting herself. She is suing for medical expenses, lost wages, and the mental and physical suffering she has experienced since the fall; totaling more than $50,000 according to her lawsuit.

The lawsuit claims that the zoo “recklessly and willfully trained and encouraged the dolphins to throw water at the spectators in the stands making the floor wet and slippery” and that they “failed to provide warnings of the slippery floor, failed to provide mats when the staff knew the floor would get wet and slippery.”

Slip and fall cases involve accidents that occur due to negligent maintenance, or unsafe and dangerous conditions upon property owned by someone other than the accident victim. Property owners and business establishments have a duty to provide a safe environment for individuals on their premises. Common situations giving rise to premises accidents include uneven floor surfaces, poorly marked changes in elevation, slippery surfaces, broken sidewalks, uneven elevators and broken steps. A telling stat reports that overall falling is the second leading cause of accidental deaths in the United States after auto accidents.
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The website post-gazette.com reported in a story on March 20, 2009 about the untimely death in a Manhattan hospital of actress Natasha Richardson, 45 who suffered head injuries while skiing in Quebec. Richardson’s death has put the helmet debate back in the spotlight. Richardson was skiing without a helmet at the Mont Ttreblant resort when she fell while riding on the beginner slope. According to Ellen Borakove, spokeswoman for the New York City Medical Examiners Office, Richardson’s fall caused epidural hematoma, producing bleeding between the brain covering and the skull.

An ambulance was called but the paramedics never saw Richardson. Director of operations at the emergency services company, Yvess Coderre, stated to reporters that when the paramedics arrived at the resort they were told they were no longer needed and sent back before ever seeing Richardson. Some time later another ambulance was summoned to the resort when her condition had gotten significantly worse and she was rushed to the hospital.

Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at Allegheny General Hospital, Dr. Jack Wilberger said, “It sounds like she had a relatively prolonged period of being relatively OK. Usually with this type of problem people get into trouble in a short period of time. Such injuries involve a laceration of an artery just under the skull bone, which can lead to significant bleeding to build up to a level that causes unconsciousness. Usually unconsciousness occurs in 15 to 20 minutes. It sounds to me that what happened to her is one-in-a-million kind of chance of occurrence.”

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