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Slip & Fall

Anyone can have a falling accident.

What sets slip and fall cases apart, however, is that the fall occurs in a public place where there should be a reasonable expectation of safety. If you or a loved one have suffered a slip and fall, attorneys with experience in premises liability law, like those at Mattioli & Munley, can help you get the compensation you deserve.

What can cause a slip and fall?

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Design flaw in walking surface

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Slippery surface

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Foreign object in walking surface

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Physical or mental condition

Slip & Fall News

What Does a Slip and Fall Have to Do With Premises Liability?

Any injury suffered because of the negligence of a property owner, operator, or manager may potentially become a premises liability case. Generally, in order to bring a premises liability claim, the injured person must show that he or she was legally present on the property, the owner had a duty to keep the property safe and failed, or breached, that duty, and as a result of that negligence, an injury was sustained. Many, but not all, premises liability cases involve slip and fall or trip and fall accidents, which accounted for approximately 8.9 million visits to hospital emergency departments in the United States in 2011, according to the National Safety Council. Generally, most slip and falls happen because of one or more of the following factors: Physical factors – The lack of a proper handrail on a stairway, foreign objects left on the floor, and slippery floors or loose carpeting cause a person to fall. An accumulation of ice or snow on a sidewalk is one of the most common physical factors that can result in a slip and fall accident during the winter. Environmental factors – Visual distractions, color patterns and geometric designs on a floor can all contribute to a fall. For instance, the edges of stairs can be difficult to see and can cause a person to misstep and fall unless they are painted with contrasting paint in a bright color. Personal factors – Poor vision, excessive weight, or even improper or damaged footwear can cause a person to trip and fall. However, personal factors may prevent recovery in a premises liability case unless negligence on the part of the... read more

Camilla’s Brother Dies After Falling and Hitting Head in NYC

Camilla’s Brother Dies in Tragic Fall Resulting in Head Injury Prince Charles and his wife Camilla are reeling after learning that her brother, Mark Shand, died after falling and hitting his head at a hotel.  Medical examiners will determine the exact cause of death, but the details of the incident heavily suggest a traumatic head injury.  Shand, who was chairman of an elephant conservatory, was in New York City at the time of his death for a Sotheby’s charity auction. Camilla and Prince Devastated by Details of Incident at Hotel On the evening of April 23 at approximately 1 a.m., Shand and a friend went to the Rose Bar in the Gramercy Park Hotel.  At about 2:30 a.m., he went outside to smoke a cigarette and apparently fell backwards and hit his head when attempting to re-enter the hotel through a revolving door.  He was taken to Bellevue Hospital but was pronounced dead at 11:25 a.m. this morning.  Camilla and Prince Charles are said to be “utterly devastated” by Shand’s death.  He is described as a “tireless campaigner” and “conservationist” and was the author of several conservation books, including “Elephant Tales” and “River Dog: A Journey Down the Brahmaputra”. Head Injuries: What You Should Know Shand’s untimely death emphasizes the importance of knowing the ins and outs of head injuries.  While it isn’t always possible to prevent serious and life-altering injuries from occurring following a blow to the head, it is important to get medical attention as soon as possible.  A head injury can be either opened or closed and involves any trauma to the scalp, skull or brain.  They are commonly caused by falls, traffic accidents, physical assaults, or accidents at work,... read more

Falls Top Auto Accidents as Leading Cause of Spinal Cord Injuries

Often the result of a crushing blow to the spine is paralysis; a severe blow may paraplegia or, worse, it may result in quadriplegia.  Most often this type of injury is the result of an auto accident or other severe blow to the back, but sadly, falls are becoming leading causes of spinal cord injuries. A three-year study by JohnsHopkinsUniversity has revealed that falls, especially among seniors, are now the leading cause of traumatic spinal cord injuries (SCI) in the U.S.  The study, which analyzed data from over 43,000 adults who suffered from SCI and were treated at emergency rooms between 2007 to 2009, found that falls accounted for approximately 41.5 percent of traumatic spinal cord injuries, while automobile crashes could be blamed for 35.5 percent of those injuries. Over the course of the study, SCI among people 65 and older rose dramatically, from 79.4 per million in 2007 to 87.7 per million in 2009, accounting for 30 percent of all injuries among seniors in 2009, compared to 23.6 percent in 2007. The SCI captured by this study were those serious enough to require an emergency room visit. Injuries included temporary bruising, temporary numbness, difficulty breathing, paralysis, and other motor disabilities.  Alarmingly, the study concluded that older SCI victims were four times more likely to die while being treated in the ER; those that survived and were admitted to the hospital were six times more likely to die from SCI than younger patients. While safety measures have reduced the number of spinal cord injuries related to automobile accidents, researchers say they are unable to pinpoint the exact reason why... read more

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