Category: Slip and Fall

Slip and fall accidents in airports

Airports are crowded with passengers who are rushing to reach their plane on time, but in their haste, they may run the risk of slipping, falling and suffering an injury. They are frequently carrying heavy luggage, which only serves to compound the situation. In addition, the chaotic atmosphere of the airport may cause some passengers… read more

Florida appellate court rules in favor of plaintiff in slip and fall case

In personal injury cases in Florida, the jury has to make a decision as to whether to believe part or all of the account of events presented by the defendant. They must decide whether there are any genuine issues of material fact. However, judges must decide matters of law, and they are required to permit… read more

Using crutches safely to avoid slip and fall accidents

A person may have to use crutches due to chronic conditions like amputated limbs or cerebral palsy that result in decreased range of motion, coordination and strength. Crutches may also be necessary if an individual suffers broken bones or other injuries that limit their ability to move. However, the very device that is designed to… read more

How escalators can cause slip and fall accidents

Escalators are widely used in day-to-day life to enable individuals to quickly move between different floors in a building. They are located in malls, hospitals, airports, hotels, apartment complexes and more. Most people do not even think of potential hazards when they step onto an escalator. However, escalators can lead to slip and fall accidents… read more

The viral video that is putting teens at risk of slip and fall injuries

While many slip and fall accidents occur due to hazardous conditions, a recent social media craze has teenagers deliberately putting themselves at risk of injury. Dubbed the Banana Peel Challenge, the viral trend involves participants testing just how slippery a banana skin really is. It all began when Twitter user Jason Oakes tweeted a video… read more

Man sues Disney World after Christmas Parade fall

A man filed a slip and fall lawsuit against Disney World for an accident that occurred when he visited the theme park in Orlando, Florida, in December 2015. Michael Amabile was allegedly injured at Magic Kingdom while waiting to view the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parade. He claimed he tripped over a sidewalk that was… read more

Investor pays hefty price for failing to answer slip and fall lawsuit

The Florida Supreme Court on March 17 sided with the plaintiff in reinstating a default judgement and jury award of around $1.1 million against a real estate investor who did not respond to a slip and fall lawsuit in a timely manner. Anamaria Santiago sued Mauna Loa Investments, LLC, in February 2010. She leased a… read more

Hidden slip and fall hazards of steps and stairways

Slip and fall accidents on stairs can cause serious injuries. Stairways come with inherent dangers that are usually not present on level surfaces. While sometimes the hazards may be obvious, in other cases they may be harder to detect. Property owners can be liable for stair accidents just like slip and falls in other locations…. read more

Young adults: the unlikely victims of slip and fall accidents

Among the general population the elderly are often considered to be at the highest risk for slip and fall accidents due to a lack of balance and strength resulting from old age. However, a Purdue University study has found that young adults tend to fall more often than expected. Researchers asked 94 undergraduate college students… read more

Jury decides in favor of Florida community center in slip and fall case

A community center was cleared from liability in February for a slip and fall lawsuit filed by a Florida woman. She was seeking damages of $850,000. Mildred Golbois sued the Jewish Community Centers of South Broward Inc. (JCC) after an alleged fall in 2011. She claimed she slipped on spilled juice while sampling refreshments on… read more

Why hoverboards are sending people to the hospital

Hoverboards have become increasingly popular, but many people are unaware of how dangerous the self-balancing scooters can be. Florida hospitals have seen a spike in the number of adults and children in emergency rooms due to hoverboard injuries over the past holiday season. Besides posing a fire hazard, the two-wheeled electric scooter also puts users… read more

Top 3 things to avoid after a slip and fall accident

Experiencing a slip and fall accident can leave one hurt and feeling upset. However, in a state of confusion, one might end up taking steps that can be harmful. Your actions immediately after a fall can have significant impact on a future lawsuit. Here are the top three things to avoid after a slip and… read more

How pregnant women can stay safe from slip and fall accidents

With a baby on board, pregnant women may find it more difficult to maintain balance and be surefooted. Pregnancy brings with it many bodily changes like a shift in the center of gravity, weight gain, a protruding belly, dizziness and loosening of ligaments. As a result, expectant mothers may be prone to falls. While there… read more

How exercise can reduce slip and fall accidents among the elderly

Recent research suggests step training and exercises for improving balance may help prevent seniors from slipping and falling. People over the age of 65 are particularly at risk for sustaining serious injuries from such accidents. A Yale University study has found that exercising can help older men significantly reduce their risk of dangerous falls. The… read more

How shoes can affect the outcome of a slip and fall case

Footwear can play an important role in slip and fall lawsuits. Florida’s liability system is based on comparative negligence, which means a jury can reduce an award by the extent the victim is deemed responsible for causing their injuries. While wearing certain types of footwear does not automatically make someone negligent, the defendant in a… read more

Palm Beach County plans health fairs to reduce slip and fall accidents

In an effort to tackle the large number of slip and fall accidents reported in Palm Beach County, Florida, officials announced three senior health fairs in January. Palm Beach County Fire Rescue said 87 percent of the 911 calls they received in 2015 were regarding medical emergencies. The most common calls they responded to involved… read more

How a simple fall can lead to serious head injuries

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of five slip and fall accidents results in a head injury, broken bones or other serious injuries. Hazardous conditions such as spills on supermarket floors and cracked sidewalks have the potential to cause slip and fall accidents that can lead to significant head injuries…. read more

Scientists to study impact of worn shoes on slip and fall accidents

University of Pittsburgh researchers received a $1.5 million grant from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health to develop techniques for predicting the wear rate of footwear in order to reduce the risk of slip and fall accidents. The study is titled “Impact of Worn Shoes on Slipping.” The university’s Swanson School of Engineering… read more

How parents can prevent children from slipping and falling

Although every parent wants to protect their child from harm, falling down is a natural part of life for active kids while growing up. However, children can also be vulnerable to slip-and-fall accidents that can result in serious injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are the most common cause of… read more

Safety Commission to require labels identifying slip resistance of floors

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is considering new regulations that would require floor manufacturers to label the degree of slip resistance in their flooring. The CPSC proposed the rules in response to safety advocates who said the measure would prevent slip-and-fall accidents among elderly people. Floor manufacturers are currently not required to indicate the… read more