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Wal-Mart Sued In Slip-And-Fall Case

In the Philadelphia area, a couple is has sued Wal-Mart for negligence on the store's part, which the couple felt led to a slip-and-fall accident.  The couple were shopping a Wal-Mart when one of them slipped on oil that was spilled on the floor.  The woman who fell sustained injuries to her spine, hip, and knees.  The couple is seeking damages of about $50,000 as a result.


Slip and fall injuries may result from improper care or maintenance of indoor and outdoor facilities, like floors, sidewalks, driveways, and/or steps.  Owners may not promptly shovel their sidewalks, pour rock salt on their steps, or fail to perform other types of common and expected interior and exterior maintenance measures.  If an injury occurs due to the improper maintenance of such areas, the owners of the property may be liable for the injury.
If you or a loved one has sustained an injury from a slip and fall accident, it might be time to consult with an attorney.  Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer located in Altoona, PA who serves the western and central Pennsylvania area.  For more information on his legal practice, please call his office at 814-946-4100.


To learn more, read the original article here:
http://pennrecord.com/stories/511076903-couple-seek-up-to-50k-for-alleged-slip-and-fall-at-wal-mart

Winter Ice Means Slip and Fall Injuries

Once again, it is worth the reminder to make sure that you're being careful out on the ice! A recent news story out of our neighboring state of New York covered a lawsuit involving a slip-and-fall on the ice.  The story involved a medical worker who broke her ankle when she slipped and fell on the ice of her employer's building.  This injury caused a required surgery and prolonged recovery period.  The worker sued the building owner and the managing real estate agent, among others.  According to reports, there was a thin layer of snow on the parking lot which covered up the ice.  The grade of the parking lot caused frequent problems with water pooling, which caused ice to form in freezing conditions.  The lawsuit claims that the defendants were aware of the pooling conditions in the parking lot, but didn't act to fix the problem.


If you have slipped and fell on the property of another, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and potential pain and suffering.  This may include cases where sidewalks were improperly maintained due to the winter weather, such as failure to remove snow and ice.   Attorney Doug Stoehr takes cases for clients who have sustained slip-and-fall injuries due to the fault or negligence of another.  For more information on his Altoona, PA area practice, please call his firm at 814-946-4100.

Chronic Pain: America's Hidden Epidemic

Followers of this blog are familiar with the idea of chronic pain being much more common than you might initially think.  However, you might not realize just how many Americans suffer from chronic pain without taking a look at recent statistics and surveys.

According to a recent Gallup-Healthways poll:

  • about 1 in 2 Americans suffer from some type of chronic pain.
  • 31% of American adults report chronic back/neck pain
  • 26% report a leg/knee condition, and 18% have another type of chronic pain.
  • 47% report 1 or 2 types of the pain listed above 
  • 7% report experiencing all three types of the pain listed above.

When the numbers from the survey were broken down further, it was reported that one in five people between their 40s and 80s experienced recurring pain. Interestingly, reports of chronic pain increased between ages 18 and 59 (from 16% to 37%), but those chronic pain reports stopped increasing once people turned 60.  

These data suggest that the occurrence of chronic pain among the nation's adult population is much higher than most people realize.  Chronic pain is also often caused by a traumatic injury, such as ones that result from a car crash or slip-and-fall.  If you have pain that persists more than 6 months, it is often considered chronic and may require a lifetime of medical care and expenses.  In those situations, it may be prudent to consult with an attorney if you have chronic pain that has resulted from an injury due to the fault of another. 

For more information on Attorney Doug Stoehr and his central Pennsylvania personal injury practice, please visit his website or call him at 814-946-4100.

Using the "Penguin Walk" To Reduce Slips On The Ice

It's dangerous to be outside this time of year in the cold, especially with the hidden danger of ice.  Want to know how to avoid a slip and fall accident this winter? Take a look below at how to keep yourself at a lower risk for accident when traveling outdoors this winter:

  • "Walk like a penguin", which means to keep your arms free, walk slowly and with short steps, and keep your feet about shoulder-width apart
  • wear boots or other sturdy shoes when outside and change into your dress shoes once you are indoors
  • test the conditions of the sidewalk or road lightly before walking or exiting your car
  • don't put your hands in your pocket when you are walking and don't carry many things in your arms. You may need to use your arms for balance if you hit an unexpected icy patch!

If you have slipped and fell on the property of another, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and potential pain and suffering.  This may include cases where sidewalks were improperly maintained due to the winter weather, such as failure to remove snow and ice.   Attorney Doug Stoehr takes cases for clients who have sustained slip-and-fall injuries due to the fault or negligence of another.  For more information on his Altoona, PA area practice, please call his firm at 814-946-4100.

Thanks to the original article for their tips:

http://www.decorahnewspapers.com/Content/News/Local-News/Article/Walk-like-a-penguin-to-avoid-wintertime-slips-and-falls/2/10/41794

Women Sues Cruise Line for Ankle Fracture

Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere, especially when you least expect it.  This is especially true when you are on vacation and your guard is down!  This is true for one woman who is currently pursuing a lawsuit against Carnival Cruise Lines.  According to the report, the vacationing woman fell down a wet stairway aboard one of the cruise ships and fractured her ankle.  The lawsuit states that the Carnival ship failed to put slip-resistant material on parts of the stairs, employees didn't remove the water on the stairs, nor did the ship warn passengers of potentially slippery conditions.   To read more, please click the original article here.


So what does this mean for the average person walking on floors, especially industrial ones?  Be safe and take your time. For employers who are responsible for keeping others safe, make sure you properly maintain your floors to avoid a potential premises liability claim!
If you have slipped and fell on the property of another, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and potential pain and suffering.  This may include cases where sidewalks were improperly maintained due to the winter weather, such as failure to remove snow and ice.   Attorney Doug Stoehr takes cases for clients who have sustained slip-and-fall injuries due to the fault or negligence of another.  For more information on his Altoona, PA area practice, please call his firm at 814-946-4100.

Holiday Home Safety

Are you keeping safe as your decorate your home this Christmas?  Follow a few of these simple tips, courtesy of Parents.com to keep your family and visitors safe during this holiday season!

  • Always remember to turn off your holiday lights when you're leaving your house or going to bed! You don't want to start a fire or an electrical shortage.  Outdoor timers work great for this! 
  • Make sure to buy a freshly cut tree, since they are less likely to catch fire.  Keep it well watered and away from candles.  
  • Don't connect multiple extension cords together, and make sure you're using plastic clips or tape when hanging exterior lights.  
  • Don't use your gas fireplace if the glass panel isn't complete and in place.  Otherwise, you could put yourself at serious risk for a gas leak. 

In talking about holidays and parties, it is also important to think about home safety in the context of premises liability.   It is important to remember that, as hosts, you are responsible for what your guests ingest at your party as well as the safety and security of your home.  If a guest injures his or herself at your home due to unsafe conditions, you could be held liable. This includes areas such as maintaining your sidewalks in good working order, keeping your home and exterior well lit so people can see where they're walking, and making sure your guests don't drink too much alcohol and drive home. You could face very serious legal ramifications later on if accident, injury, or police involvement occurs.  Be smart when both hosting and attending a party.

Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer serving western and central Pennsylvania.  For more information on his firm or to talk about your potential legal claim, please call his office at 814-946-4100.  

Slipping On The Winter Ice?

Slip and fall injuries tend to increase during the winter months, due to an increase in bad weather, such as sleet, ice, and snow.  These falls may lead to long-lasting and/or painful injuries, such as broken bones, concussions, and loss of consciousness.  Extended damage from such an injury may include chronic pain and nerve damage.


Slip and fall injuries may result from improper care or maintenance of outdoor facilities, like sidewalks, driveways, or steps.  Owners may not promptly shovel their sidewalks, pour rock salt on their steps, or fail to perform other types of common and expected winter maintenance measures.  If an injury occurs due to the improper maintenance of such areas, the owners of the property may be liable for the injury.


If you or a loved one has sustained an injury from a slip and fall accident, it might be time to consult with an attorney.  Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer located in Altoona, PA who serves the western and central Pennsylvania area.  For more information on his legal practice, please visit his website at http://www.stoehrlaw.com or call his office at 814-946-4100.

Watch Your Step! Avoiding Slip & Fall Accidents

What do you know about slip and fall accidents? They are a relatively common personal injury claim, but most people don't realize that these common myths about slip and fall accidents may not be true.  According to EHSToday.com, here are a few common slip and fall accident myths.  Read up and protect yourself from potential injury!


  • Myth #1: Shiny floors are less slip resistant than duller floors.  In reality, a floor's shine often has little to do with how safe/unsafe it is. 
  • Myth #2:  In the same vein as above, buffing a floor increases likelihood of slipping.  In fact, the opposite is often true! A buffed floor is often less slippery than one that has properly buffed. 
  • Myth #3:  Higher slip resistance=safer.  In fact, if the slip resistance is TOO high or the floor is tacky, it will collect dirt and debris and lead to more accidents.
  • Myth #4:  Newly applied floors are less safe than ones that are older and aged.  Actually, the opposite is true--newer, properly applied floor finishes are generally much safer.

 
So what does this mean for the average person walking on floors, especially industrial ones?  Be safe and take your time. For employers who are responsible for keeping others safe, make sure you properly maintain your floors to avoid a potential premises liability claim!

If you have slipped and fell on the property of another, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and potential pain and suffering.  This may include cases where sidewalks were improperly maintained due to the winter weather, such as failure to remove snow and ice.   Attorney Doug Stoehr takes cases for clients who have sustained slip-and-fall injuries due to the fault or negligence of another.  For more information on his Altoona, PA area practice, please call his firm at 814-946-4100.


Thank you to the background information, found here:
http://ehstoday.com/safety/five-common-slip-and-fall-myths

Don't Let Halloween Hazards Spook You!

Are you prepared and safe when it comes to Halloween festivities? According to many sources, Halloween is one of the deadliest nights of the year for pedestrian accidents, with children being the most at-risk group.  How can you keep yourself and your children safe while trick-or-treating? Take a look at these tips:


  • Cross at designated crosswalks, don't cross the street between parked cars or in the middle of a block.
  • Wear reflective tape on your costume, or put it on kids' candy bags
  • Add glow sticks! Kids can wear them as bracelets or necklaces, and it makes them more visible. 
  • Make sure your child's costume leaves them able to see through any potential masks, hoods, or face paint. They need good visibility in order to be safe and aware of their surroundings!
  • In the same vein, make sure your child's costume allows them to be mobile. They should be able to easily move their arms and legs without feeling constrained, or have their costume not be so big that they trip over it.  
  • If you are decorating your home for Halloween, make sure it's well lit and any strings, light cords, and/or cables are clearly marked so others don't trip over them. 
  • If your kids are trick-or-treating without you, make sure they have designated times and/or places where they check in with you throughout the night!

In talking about holidays and premises liability, there is a lot to think about, too!  When throwing a party or inviting friends over, most people are concerned with cleaning their homes, preparing the food, and making sure that there's enough to drink.  Although these things are important, it is also important to remember that, as hosts, you are responsible for the state of your property and injuries that occur as the result of your unkept and/or unsafe house and yard conditions.  This includes things like uneven sidewalks, poorly lit exterior spaces, hidden/dangling electrical cords that others could trip over, and other miscellaneous safety hazards.  

Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer serving western and central Pennsylvania.  He takes premises liability cases for those who have been injured on another person's property.  For more information on his firm or to talk about your potential legal claim, please call his office at 814-946-4100.  


Thanks to SafeWise for many of the tips above!
http://www.safewise.com/blog/most-common-halloween-accidents-and-how-to-avoid-them/

Avoiding Deck Collapse This Labor Day Weekend

Oh, Labor Day! A time for parties, fun with family and friends, and saying a last official "goodbye" to summer.  Many of these get-togethers include time spent outside, such as on porches, lawns, and decks.  Unfortunately, sometimes these parties lead to unforeseen accidents, such as collapsing decks and/or people falling off of elevated spaces.  These accidents can have severe and life-changing consequences, such as broken bones, organ damage, and death.  How can you keep family and friends safe on your deck while you celebrate outside? Take a look at some of these tips:

  • Decks need to be well maintained and inspected by a professional.  
  • Check your deck once a year (such as every spring once winter is finished) and promptly make any needed repairs.  
  • Make sure to look for signs of age and wear and tear, such as rotting boards and rusted hinges. Railing and stairs are especially important to keep an eye on!
  • You may want to consider getting an official deck inspection.  


In talking about holiday parties and premises liability, there is a lot to think about!  When throwing a party or inviting friends over, most people are concerned with cleaning their homes, preparing the food, and making sure that there's enough to drink.  Although these things are important, it is also important to remember that, as hosts, it is also your duty as a homeowner to make sure your house is a safe and stable structure.  Unsafe decks that cause an accident for your party guests may lead to a lawsuit for you.


You are also responsible for what your guests ingest at your party.  Many hosts believe that, if their guests are 21 or older, they should be able to consume as much alcohol as they want without hosts having to monitor them.  This is a common misconception.  If a party attendee leaves the party drunk and causes injury or accident to themselves or another person, the hosts are partially responsible for the injuries.  This is true not only at a home-based party, but also at such public gatherings as graduation parties, wedding receptions, and other celebrations.


As a host, it is important to monitor your attendee's level of drinking and make sure that they are not over-imbibing.  If they do become intoxicated, it is your responsibility to find them a designated driver or call them a taxi. If you choose not to do this, you could face very serious legal ramifications later on if accident, injury, or police involvement occurs.  Be smart when both hosting and attending a party.


Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer serving western and central Pennsylvania.  For more information on his firm or to talk about your potential legal claim, please call his office at 814-946-4100.  

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