Slip and Fall? Do You Have a Premises Liability Case?

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Did you slip and fall while on somebody else's property? Did you get hurt while staying in a hotel?

You may have a case to sue the owner of the property to get compensation, whether the owner is a company or the government (Government cases are different and their liability is often limited).

Whether you have a case depends on whether the property owner can be considered negligent. Premises liability laws vary from state to state, so you need a lawyer who is familiar with the rules for your state. In California, you may be entitled to compensation if you are injured because of negligent management - which is defined by various standards. There are four elements - duty, breach of duty, injury, and causation. All of this is highly dependent on the specific circumstances. The standards are different for homeowners casually inviting guests compared to store owners or amusement parks. As the law is so complex, you should contact an attorney quickly. You can potentially get awards to cover medical expenses, loss of earnings, emotional distress, etc.

In basic terms, though, property owners are expected to maintain their property in a safe condition, find unsafe conditions quickly and repair or warn said conditions. As a common example, if a property owner is cleaning the floor and it becomes wet, then they should put out a sign warning that the floor is wet. Broken lights should be repaired or replaced as quickly as possible. If you or somebody you know is injured, then make note of the circumstances. A good personal injury lawyer will tell you if you have a case right away, and reputable lawyers do not charge for initial consultation and analysis. Reputable lawyers will also be honest - they will not try to get money out of you by taking on a case they cannot win.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a preventable accident on somebody else's property, then contact Lederer & Nojima to schedule a free case analysis and start the process of getting the compensation you deserve.

Increase in Spinal Cord Injuries Linked to Fall Accidents

Friday, February 21, 2014

More people are suffering spinal cord injuries in the United States, and most of them are suffering these injuries not in motor vehicle accidents, but fall accidents. According to new research by Johns Hopkins researchers, the incidence of traumatic spinal injuries is increasing the fastest among senior citizens.

The fact that senior citizens are now some of the biggest victims of traumatic spinal cord injuries is closely associated with the increase in the number of injuries in fall accidents. Senior citizens may be at a much higher risk of being involved in a slip and fall accident, and fall accidents can increase the risk of spinal injuries among seniors.

The study also seems to suggest an increase in the average age of a victim of traumatic spinal injury in the United States. Earlier research pegged that age at 41, based on data of traumatic spinal cord injuries between 2000 and 2005. According to the Johns Hopkins study however, the average age of a typical victim of spinal cord injury in the United States is now 51.

This increase in the number of seniors who suffer spinal cord injury is definitely something to take seriously, because such injuries may take a much longer time to heal in senior citizens above the age of 65. Traumatic spinal cord injuries are also linked to long-term disability, which translates into several financially and emotionally catastrophic consequences for senior citizens.

The researchers believe that the reason why more seniors are suffering traumatic spinal injuries in fall accidents, is the fact that seniors now tend to live not just many more years, but also more mobile and independent lives. That simply increases their risk of suffering a fall.

Halloween in Southern California: A Time for Fun and Caution to Prevent Injuries to Children

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

At Halloween, similar injuries to children happen every year: burn injuries that are the result of flammable costumes; slip and falls on neighborhood sidewalks from poorly maintained roads and ill-fitting costumes that drag on the ground; pedestrian accidents that lead to injury and wrongful death are also common. These can arise from negligent drivers who do not see children in dark costumes and excited children who do see cars because of poor visibility from costume masks. Since most trick-or-treating takes place near dusk or just after dark, the dangers are exacerbated by what may be inadequate street lighting. When streets are lined with trick-or-treaters, drivers must take extreme precaution to avoid causing a Halloween tragedy.  

Since California is so densely populated and so spread out with suburbs and track homes dotting the landscape, neighborhoods will be filled with young children looking for candy at the same time that commuters will be returning home from work. The combination can be risky. Safety precautions when crossing streets should be adhered to even more vigorously during Halloween in Southern California.  

Kids aren’t the only people at risk of Halloween-related tragedy. Candles used to illuminate jack-o-lanterns and other festive décor are often the cause of house fires. Children and pets can easily knock such candles over.  Additionally, electrical decorations and outdoor holiday lights often overburden electrical strips and lead to fires. This can put all members of a family at risk.  

For tips on how to stay safe this Halloween, see the Consumer Protection Safety Commission’s website:

Vitamin D Could Help Prevent Slip and Fall Accidents Involving the Elderly

Monday, July 16, 2012

Preventing fall accidents involving senior citizens could be as simple as popping a pill. According to new research, increased doses of vitamin D could help reduce the risk of fall accidents involving the elderly.

The research was conducted by scientists at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and the results of the study were published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The researchers found that taking vitamin D supplements every day could help senior citizens reduce their risk of being in a fall accident.

The scientists claim that taking a daily vitamin D supplement could help increase muscle strength and balance, thereby preventing fall accidents involving seniors. The researchers conducted trials in which they found that daily doses of 800 IU of vitamin D slashed the risk of falls by much as 17%.

Fall accidents are also highly common among the senior population. Approximately 30% to 40% of all elderly persons suffer a fall accident every year. Out of these, many involve seniors who were living independently at the time of the accident.

As any Los Angeles slip and fall accident lawyer knows, fall accidents are the leading cause of injury involving adults above the age of age 65 in the United States. As a person ages, he may suffer from a condition called osteoporosis, in which there is decreased bone mineral density, leading to weak and brittle bones. These weakened bones are much more likely to snap when a person falls.

Further, there are serious health risks associated with fall accidents involving senior citizens. These fractures may take a much longer time to heal. There are other complications that can arise when a senior citizen suffers a serious fracture, like a hip fracture. In fact, a senior citizen’s risk of fatality increases dramatically in the year after a fall accident. For all these reasons, it is extremely important to prevent fall accidents involving seniors.


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