Articles Posted in Slip and Fall Accident

A three-year study has revealed that falls, and not motor vehicle crashes, are now the leading cause of traumatic spinal cord injuries (SCI) in the United States.

Elderly SCIResearchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine said rates of spinal cord injuries blamed on falls are rising, especially among older Americans. The study, which analyzed data from over 43,000 adults who suffered from SCI and were treated at emergency rooms between 2007 to 2009, went on to suggest that preventing falls could significantly reduce spinal cord injuries.

“We have demonstrated how costly traumatic spinal cord injury is and how lethal and disabling it can be among older people. It is an area ripe for prevention,” said the leader of the study.

The study, which was published in the Journal of Neurotrauma, found that falls accounted for some 41.5 percent of traumatic spinal cord injuries, while automobile crashes could be blamed for 35.5 percent of those injuries. Even though spinal cord injuries resulting from falls decreased among the 18 to 64 age demographic in that three-year time period, they actually rose fairly substantially among those who were 65-years-old and over – from 23.6 percent to 30 percent.
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Three years ago, a woman went into a Naples spa expecting to lose weight and get healthier. Things didn’t quite work out that way because after her second visit to the Slender Life Health Center of Naples she left injured and bleeding after she fell flat on her face during a body-wrap session.

She told a Collier Circuit Court jury that after she had been wrapped like a mummy with mineral-soaked bandages, she was asked to walk across the floor. The floor hadn’t been wiped down and was still wet when she slipped and fell face-first on the floor because she couldn’t break her fall due to the wrapping.

“I’m lying on the floor in my bra and underwear, wet and bleeding, and they’re not doing much to help me at all,” she testified. Before she left the spa, she claims the staff forced her to sign a liability waiver.

She suffered broken bones under her right eye, a broken nose, and claimed she had vision problems for 10 days after the slip-and-fall accident. She also had to wear a nose cast for 12 weeks and the right side of her face is now slightly concave.
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Beginning this week, it will be tougher for those injured in a slip-and-fall accident in Florida at a place of business to win a settlement. According to a www.scrippsnews.com article, Florida statute puts the proof of burden on the injured person to determine that the business knew there was a problem, such as a slippery mess, and then failed to clean it up. Until now, all the injured person had to do was prove they had been injured because of some mishap, or spill, or uneven pavement in a place of business.

Not surprisingly, the new law was supported by the Florida Retail Federation, which believes it introduces fairness and creates a level playing field for businesses.
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Located in Putnam County, Palatka had a reported population of 10,804 in July 2007 and has seen a 7.5% increase in population since 2000. Palatka is 6.96 square miles in size, and has a population density of only 1553 people per square mile, relatively low in comparison to other cities that are comparable in size. Within the busy regions of Palatka, many residents and visitors pass through a variety of establishments such as private homes, hospitals, department stores, and many other businesses and buildings. When property owners of such locations are negligent and fail to take necessary steps towards keeping their premises safe and hazard-free, incidents such as slip and fall accidents can take place in which those who suffer injury may require legal assistance from a skilled Palatka slip and fall accident lawyer.

Businesses and property owners must do everything possible regarding their premises to inspect, repair, warn, and maintain any dangerous or threatening conditions. Being injured on another’s premises can result in steep medical bills, pain and suffering, loss of wages, and other expenses associated with your injury that a skilled premises liability attorney can help you receive compensation for. At Farah and Farah, we have been assisting those injured due to unsafe conditions on another person’s premises receive the compensation they deserve so that they can seek the proper medical care they need without becoming financially unstable.
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Amelia Island is situated off of Florida’s magnificent coast with a population of around 68,347 people amidst an area amounting to 18.2 square miles. Known as the “Isle of Eight Flags,” it is the venue for numerous festivals that annually draw tourist attention, such as the Amelia Island Jazz Festival, the Amelia Island Film Festival, the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, and the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. Amelia Island’s principle economic industry is tourism, with attractions ranging from sailing to camping. With so many people passing through private homes, hospitals, department stores, and numerous other public facilities, and when property owners are negligent and fail to maintain a safe premises, serious injury can occur. When such unfortunate and serious injuries take place, an individual who suffers from an accident on someone else’s property can seek legal assistance from a skilled Amelia Island premises liability lawyer.
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Jacksonville Beach, Florida, also known as “Jax Beach,” has a population of 21,849 people as of July 2007. Part of Duval County, Jacksonville Beach has a population density of about 993 people per square mile, and is more or less an extension of the city of Jacksonville. Considered to be a prime tourist spot, Jacksonville Beach is made up of a diverse crowd of locals and out-of-towners. These inhabitants traverse through various properties and developments such as private homes, restaurants, malls, hospitals, grocery stores, and many additional public places in which specific safety conditions and procedures may be neglected and create the risk of injury.

Accidents that take place on another person’s property as a result of the owner’s negligence to maintain a safe environment are more common that most people realize. A person who suffers from an accident on someone else’s property, whether the injury is mild, such as broken bones, or serious to the point of causing brain injury, an experienced Jacksonville Beach premises liability attorney can be of assistance.
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As the largest city in Florida, Jacksonville boasts an estimated population of 799,875 as of 2006. Jacksonville is located on the banks of the St. Johns River about 340 miles north of Miami and 25 miles south of the Georgia Border, placing it in the First Coast Region of northeast Florida. The city of Jacksonville has a total area of 874.3 square miles, making it the largest city in land area in the United States. Drawn to its many attractions and beautiful city skyline by the water, approximately 2.8 million visitors stayed overnight touring Jacksonville in 2008. Jacksonville is not only home to the NFL Jaguars and a number of minor league teams, but also to two universities, the fourth largest community college in the country, and a four year college.

In a region that attracts many visitors as well as new residents annually, various properties such as department stores, hospitals, private homes, and many other public places receive plenty of foot traffic in which certain safety precautions are overlooked and can cause injury. In such incidents, a person who suffers from an accident on someone else’s property can seek legal assistance from a skilled Jacksonville premises liability lawyer.
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Lake City is located in Columbia County, Florida and is known as the “Gateway To Florida.” With a population of about 12,000 and in a county whose population is on the rise (Columbia County has close to 68,000 inhabitants as of 2006), Lake City has become a popular tourist destination as well as a stop for those on route to Southern Florida. With such an expanse of visitors and residents passing through various private homes, shopping centers, hospitals, and many other public places, incidents of injury due to overlooked safety precautions are bound to occur from time to time. In such cases, a person who suffers from an accident on someone else’s property can seek legal assistance from a dedicated and skilled Lake City premises liability lawyer.

Businesses and property owners must do everything possible regarding their premises to warn, maintain, repair, and inspect any dangerous or hazardous conditions present. In the most severe accidents, a slip and fall accident or other premises incident can result in wrongful death, in which the decedent’s family has the right to seek compensation. Being injured on another’s premises can result in steep medical bills, pain and suffering, loss of wages, and other expenses associated with your injury that a quality premises liability attorney can help you receive compensation for.
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Orange Park is a suburb of Jacksonville located in Northeast Clay County just south of Jacksonville, Florida. Rich in history and a thriving community, Orange Park has a great deal to offer. Clay County, which Orange Park is located in, is also a bustling region of Florida. With a population in excess of 180,000 and a very high population density, Orange Park experiences its share of premises liability incidents when properties such as hospitals, private homes, department stores, and many other well traversed places overlook necessary safety precautions that end up causing personal injury to an innocent visitor, patient, or customer. When such events take place, an injured victim who suffers from an accident on someone else’s property can seek legal counsel from an experienced Orange park premises liability lawyer.
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St. Augustine is home to the oldest port in the continental United States – in fact, St. Augustine is commonly referred to as “the nation’s oldest city.” In 2004, the population was estimated to be 12,157. Home to beautiful beaches and museums, St. Augustine continues to be a popular tourist destination in Northern Florida. Located about 40 miles south of Jacksonville and 60 miles north of Daytona Beach just 5 miles east of Interstate 95, St. Augustine is also a well traversed location. As a vastly populated area visited by many, St. Augustine residents and guests navigate through various properties such as department stores, hospitals, private homes, and many other public places in which certain safety precautions are overlooked and can result in injury. In such incidents, a person who suffers from an accident on someone else’s property can seek legal assistance from a skilled St. Augustine premises liability lawyer.
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