Winter is in full swing, but that doesn't mean you need to stay inside. However, walking safely in wintry conditions may be a hazard if you're not careful. According to a local news source, one way to stay safe this winter is to actually "walk like a penguin"! As funny as it sounds, taking these shorter, waddling steps may keep you more stable on the ice and help you avoid a slip and fall injury.
Do you sometimes enter a retail store or other public establishment and think "Huh, well THAT sidewalk/ramp/curb/entrance/puddle doesn't look safe". Chances are, you are probably right. Sometimes, these unsafe walking conditions lead to accidents, which then makes those businesses potentially liable for slip-and-fall lawsuits. One such accident occurred recently at a Big Lots in San Diego, CA. A woman fell in a Big Lots after she slipped and fell on a patch of dirt of the floor, which caused her to fall into a soda display shelf. As a result, she developed shoulder and neck injuries, had multiple surgeries, and required physical therapy afterwards. The injured party's attorney reported that Big Lots doesn't have a set sweeping schedule, and instructs employees to sweep "as needed". They implied that this lack of cleaning schedule may have, in part, contributed to the conditions responsible for this accident. The results of this trial have not been released yet, but it will be interesting to see what happens.
As you may realize by now, what you choose to show on social media can have a significant impact on your possible legal claim. In some cases, social media posts can be used as evidence during your lawsuit, especially in the case of personal injury. You may be familiar with the use of social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, but how about other tools such as activity trackers? According to a recent article, fitness tracker information may also impact your social media claim. For example, if you claim that an injury made you immobile, yet your activity tracker reflects that you run five miles a day, it does not add up. In the future, it is possible that your data from any activity trackers may also be used in the course of a personal injury case. As always, it is important to be truthful when reporting the extent and longevity of your personal injury following an accident or other traumatic event.
Are you up-to-date on winter safety practices? During this season, people have to take extra precautions due to the weather. This is especially true when you are out walking. According to our own regional UPMC website, there are many preventative measures you can take to prevent winter accidents. Some of their suggestions include:
Recently, a PA woman sued Kohl's department store after she was knocked over by a restocking cart. According to records, the woman went to a Kohl's store in November 2015 to do some Christmas shopping. She was approaching a price scanning kiosk to check an item's price when she was knocked over by a Kohl's employee who was pushing a restocking cart full of upright vacuum cleaners. The woman sustained significant damage to her body, especially her right side. Over the past two years since the incident, the woman reports that she has nerve damage in her right leg, which significantly weakens her right leg and ankle. She also stated that her injuries negatively impact her ability to care for her 96-year-old mother, for whom she is the primary caretaker.
- Make sure that your walkway, sidewalk and/or steps are well-lit and visible from the street to your front door.
- Make sure that any dangerous conditions on walkways, sidewalks and steps are repaired or marked clearly to let people know of the dangerous conditions
- Remove anything that may cause an individual to trip or fall while on your property, i.e., decorations and extension cords.
Premises liability cases are more common than what many people may think. This one particular case, however, resulted in a very large claim for a York, PA man. According to news reports, an 80-year-old man was at a shopping center in York Township when he tripped over an unmarked step, and his head and face went into the edge of a chair of a neighboring tattoo parlor. The corresponding fall did extensive damage, including the loss of vision in one eye. This injury left him functionally blind. After the man took legal action, he was recently awarded four million dollars for injuries. For more on the news report, please click here.
Summer presents a great opportunity to enjoy time outside with family and friends. Sometimes, these outside activities can also pose risks. This is especially true for activities where you are more exposed to the risk of traumatic brain injury (TBI). When you and your loved ones are outside, it is important to remember the following tips to avoid summer injury:
Talk about a memorable hotel stay, and not for the right reasons! In the Philly area, a man is suing a local hotel for damages he sustained while staying on premises. According to the PennRecord.com article, the injured party is suing Neshaminy Inn in Bucks County after a bathroom ceiling collapsed on his head and neck while he was staying there. The accident resulted in in serious injuries across his body. The plantiff is suing the inn and other related parties in excess of $50,000.
According to the website PennRecord.com, a site that highlights many PA lawsuits, a case was recently settled in the Philly area regarding a slip and fall incident in Macy's. Within the article, it states that a woman was injured at a Macy's department store after tripping and falling on a rubber-edged floor mat near the entrance/exit area of the store. As a result of her fall, she sustained serious facial, arm, back, and leg injuries. The long-term effects of her fall also included secondary issues including insomnia, depression, and anxiety. The case was settled outside of court for an undisclosed amount.