Articles Posted in Slip And Fall Accidents

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This slip and fall accident may require a San Marcos lawyerSome people who suffer injuries in a slip and fall accident immediately blame themselves for being clumsy.  However, unsafe conditions are often the fault of the property owner, not a visitor. If you have been injured on someone’s dangerous property, our experienced slip and fall lawyer in San Marcos can help you determine who is responsible for your injuries and seek the full and fair compensation you deserve.

Premises liability law stipulates that homes, businesses, apartment buildings and other spaces must be kept safe for public use. When determining liability in a slip and fall case, our attorney will investigate:

  • The cause of the danger
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Wet floors may necessitate an Escondido slip and fall lawyerMost people don’t realize just how common slip, trip and fall injuries really are. In fact, they are the number one cause for emergency room visits in Escondido and around the country. The National Floor Safety Institute reports that these accidents are also the leading cause of missed work days. If you have been injured from a slip or fall that happened because of dangerous conditions, our experienced Escondido slip and fall lawyer can help you determine if the property owner may be liable for your injury.

Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere, especially if a location has not been properly maintained or monitored. Some of the most common situations that lead to slip and fall accidents include:

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Property owners are responsible for maintaining safe and accessible conditions for visitors. If you were hurt because of the negligence of a property owner, the Oceanside personal injury lawyers at The Rubinstein Law Group can help you pursue the compensation you deserve.

iStock_000001460095Small-300x198Like the name implies, slip and fall accidents occur when a person loses his/her footing due to insufficient maintenance of a property. If you’ve been injured because of a slip and fall, the first step is to seek medical attention.

After you’ve received treatment for your injuries, it’s important to gather as many details about the scene of the accident as possible, such as:

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A study in the Emergency Medicine Journal substantiates the fact that there is a significant impact on children who sustain whiplash injuries. There has been a long standing debate among different medical practitioners as to the affects and consequences of these injuries on children. This controversy was due to many factors, but most prominently the lack of any significant studies on these types of injuries in children. In the past, cases involving whiplash injuries in children were overlooked in part because children either lack the ability to effectively communicate their problems or do not appreciate the nature and extent of their injuries. This lack of attention would often result in them not receiving the medical attention they needed and in some cases would result in long lasting consequences. These types of spine injuries can result from a number of different types of incidents, but in many instances are caused by auto accidents.

The study by Boyd, Massey, Duane & Yates entitled Whiplash associated disorder in children attending the emergency department followed 105 children who had been involved in auto accidents during an eight-month-period. The subjects, ages four to sixteen, had data collected at 5, 14,28, and 56 days after their auto accidents. Nine of them complained of pain on motion on physical exam, 47% showed pain on motion but no pain on physical exam. 60% of the subjects with whiplash injuries reported pain immediately after the crash, with 40% reporting the onset of symptoms the following day. Those who sustained even minor whiplash injuries were symptomatic for 2-18 days, and those with more significant injuries 2-62 days. This does not even address the psychological trauma as the study reveals “Recent work has shown that children are susceptible to and do experience significant psychological trauma after being involved in a car crash.”

Parents and adults should take action when a child has sustained a whiplash or other spine injury. Auto accidents, bicycle accidents, or slip and fall accidents can result in significant spine injuries or brain injuries. If your child or someone you know has sustained a serious whiplash or other injury, seek immediate medial attention and talk to an experienced personal injury attorney.

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People who have sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury usually experience a number of physical and cognitive (thinking) challenges as well as personality, behavioral, and emotional changes. All of the effects of the brain trauma can be devastating to the injured, as well as there family and friends (see my prior Blog post on one San Diego woman’s story). Here are some of the changes following a Traumatic Brain Injury:

Physical Problems

  • Decreased Mobility
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Scientists at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the American Roentgen Ray Society, held in San Diego, unveiled a new technique for scanning spine injuries. The scan, which is called CT spine reformatting, could eliminate the need for x-rays, lower radiation exposure, and provide a more economical way of evaluating spine injuries to the mid and low back regions.

Studies conducted at the University Of Calgary’s Foothills Medical Center with patients who had reformatting CT scans and x-rays of the same parts of the spine, showed that x-rays were less accurate than the scans. According to Viesha Clure, lead author of the study, “the x-rays provide no additional information, and in fact, some of these fractures were not seen on the x-rays.” The new technique makes diagnosis and treatment of spine injuries more precise and effective.

Development of safer, more cost effective and accurate techniques for evaluating traumatic spine injuries is crucial for victims of personal injury. In far to many cases when injuries are not properly diagnosed and treated, resolution of injuries is prolonged and can lead to permanent residual effects. Some of the most common causes of spine injuries arise from auto accidents, motorcycle accident or slip and fall accidents to name a few. Receiving prompt medical treatment using the latest technology can have a great influence on the outcome of serious injuries. Knowing about cutting edge technology and treatment options is one of the many benefits of talking to an experienced personal injury attorney.

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AMERICAN CHRONICAL reports that the California State Assembly Health Committee unanimously passed a bill by Assembly member Alberto Torrico which would extend funding for spinal cord injury research for an additional five years. The original bill, The Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Act was signed into law in 2000, renewed in 2005 and would expire next January if the new bill is not approved. The funds are allocated to the University of California, and $13.9 million to date have generated an additional $60 million in research grants from the National Institutes of Health and other sources. The funds have helped in promoting research projects at a number of University of California schools including UC San Diego, leading to 175 published scientific papers and scientific breakthroughs.

Spinal Cord Injury Statistics

According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistics Center, there are approximately 12,000 new cases of spinal cord injuries (SCI) each year in the US not including those who die at the scene of the accident. The most common cause being motor vehicle crashes accounting for 41.3% of SCI cases, followed by falls 27.3%, acts of violence 15%, recreational sporting and other activities account for the balance. With various degrees of damage to the spine at different segments, less than 1% of persons experience complete neurological recovery by the time they are discharged from the hospital. The residual effects on SCI victims range from intermittent or chronic pain to various degrees of Paraplegia. To whatever degree, the effects of SCI are compelling and life altering. In many cases extensive medical care, rehabilitation and counseling are required to deal with the devastating effects.