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How Injuries can Happen During Your Hotel Stay

How Injuries can Happen During Your Hotel Stay

As the winter holidays approach, many people are booking hotel rooms to stay near family and friends or simply to get away from the hustle and bustle and relax on the beach. While many hotels may do their best to accommodate guests and provide an enjoyable and safe atmosphere, many injuries can occur during a stay in a hotel or resort. The following are only some examples of how people may be injured in hotels during this holiday season. Slip and Falls Like any other type of business or property, the risk of slipping and falling may exist if the owners fail to take precautions to eliminate any potentially hazardous conditions on the premises. Many different conditions can lead to slip and falls, both on level ground and in stairwells or on ramps. Some possibly dangerous conditions may include the following: Carpet or flooring that is overly worn and therefore slick Rugs that are not secured and may shift Wet spots on the floor from spills Failing to clearly warn hotel guests that floors are wet or have recently been cleaned Door jambs and other small steps that may not be noticeable Electrical cords that are not lining the walls out of the path of guests Objects in walkways Loose or broken railings on staircases or ramps Steps that are too steep, slick, or different sizes Swimming Pool Accidents Many hotels specifically advertise that they have pools or hot tubs in order to attract customers – especially those with children who will enjoy using these facilities. However, there are many risks associated with hotel pools and many of these...
Traveling Alongside Large Commercial Trucks

Traveling Alongside Large Commercial Trucks

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reports that more than 10 million commercial trucks and almost 1 million buses were registered in the U.S. in recent years. While not all of these vehicles are in operation on a daily basis, at any given moment there are hundreds of thousands of commercial trucks on the highways in Florida and across the country. The number of trucks on the roads only increases during the holiday season, as many stores increase their inventory and replenish more often to accommodate the needs of holiday shoppers. In addition, the holidays also mean an increase in travelers on the roads, as the majority of travelers choose to drive to their destinations, as opposed to flying or taking a train. In fact, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics reported that 91 percent of holiday travelers will drive each year. The increase in both commercial trucks and cars results in an increased risk of collisions. When a large truck crashes into your small personal vehicle, devastating damage can occur as these trucks can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. Driving Safely Next to Trucks There are several things you can remember in order to reach your destination safely this holiday season and avoid truck accidents and injuries, some of which include: Blind Spots – While every car has some blind spots, large trucks have major blind zones called “no-zones.” These zones exist in front of the truck, behind the truck, and on both sides of the truck and you should always be certain to avoid lingering in these zones whenever possible. Lane Changes...
Common Causes of Birth Injuries

Common Causes of Birth Injuries

Having a baby is often an exciting yet stressful time for new parents. The stress of raising a child can be substantially magnified if you learn that your child suffered an injury at birth. Even minor birth injuries can require medical treatment, which will result in more medical bills in addition to the expenses of your labor and delivery. More serious birth injuries can result in impairments and disabilities with which your child may struggle their entire lives. Furthermore, serious birth injuries can mean a lifetime of medical and personal care and limitations on work and activities. If a birth injury occurs due to medical malpractice, you have the right to hold your negligent1 doctor liable for all of the costs – monetary and otherwise – of the birth injury. Improper Testing During Pregnancy As part of prenatal care, doctors often should perform a variety of tests to determine the health of both the mother and the fetus. These tests can identify whether a mother has health conditions that need to be managed or addressed, can help predict any possible complications during the birth, and can determine whether the baby has any life-threatening or otherwise severe birth defects. If a doctor fails to perform necessary tests or does not relay test results back to the parents, it can constitute malpractice if any birth injuries result. Failure to Monitor Vital Signs During Labor Hospitals have equipment that can monitor a baby’s and mother’s vital signs during the labor process. If it appears that one of their heart rates are falling or if there are signs the baby is not receiving...
Increased Risk of Accidents as Holidays Approach

Increased Risk of Accidents as Holidays Approach

As we head into the last part of the year, households all across Florida and the U.S. will start preparing for the fall and winter holidays, including Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Hanukkah. Preparations may include purchasing items, putting up decorations, planning to host parties, planning trips to see family and more. While you are in the spirit of the holidays, however, it is important to stay safe so that your holiday season is not disrupted by an accident and serious injuries. The following are only some examples of common accidents around the holidays. Car and Truck Accidents Many people take trips during the holidays and statistics show that the large majority of people travel by car.1 This fact combined with the additional number of large trucks needed to transport goods and packages during the holiday season, the overall number of vehicles on the road greatly increases. In addition, many drivers who are on road trips may be unsure of where they are going or unfamiliar with traffic patterns or possible risks on certain roads. All of this can lead to a higher number of auto accidents. Furthermore, many holiday gatherings involve drinking spiked eggnog, champagne, or other alcoholic beverages. Unfortunately, many people decide to get behind the wheel and drive after they have had too much to drink. An increase in impaired driving leads the winter holidays to be a particularly dangerous time2 to be on the road. Accidents in Retail Stores From the crazed crowds of Black Friday to the last-minute shoppers on Christmas Eve to people making returns after the holidays, there is no question that retail stores...
Have You Been Hit by a Drunk Driver?

Have You Been Hit by a Drunk Driver?

Every person who has a driver’s license should know that it is both dangerous and against the law to drive a vehicle if they are under the influence of alcohol. However, numerous drivers continue to make the decision to get behind the wheel after drinking too much each and every day. Such drivers may believe they have not had too much to drink, may believe that they are good enough drivers to get home without incident despite their intoxication, or may simply believe they are invincible from the law and safety regulations. Regardless of their justification, it is generally only a matter of time before a drunk driver causes an accident and serious injuries to others. Injuries Caused by Drunk Drivers Because of their delayed reaction times and lack of focus on the road, drunk drivers tend to be involved in severe collisions. Whether they hit another vehicle, a motorcyclist, a bicyclist, or a pedestrian, drunk drivers can cause devastating injuries to accident victims. Often, a drunk driver will stray from their lane and cross over the center line, or perhaps they may turn the wrong way on one-way street or highway. These actions can result in head-on collisions at high speeds that leave victims with life-changing injuries and impairments. Some of these injuries can include: Spinal cord injuries Paralysis Amputations and crushed limbs Traumatic brain injuries Back and neck injuries Burns Internal organ damage What to do After a Drunk Driving Accident As an accident victim, it is only natural to be shaken up after any type of collision. However, there are steps you should take whenever possible...
Information Regarding the Risks of Talcum Powder

Information Regarding the Risks of Talcum Powder

For more than a century, corporate giant Johnson & Johnson has sold talc-based powders to help soothe skin irritations. Since the start, the company marketed both its baby powder and after-shower powder as a gentle treatment for your skin, as well as a preventive measure from further irritations due to moisture or chafing. While the company continues to sell these products and market them as safe and beneficial for consumers, many women have been discovering a dangerous side effect of certain long-term uses of talcum powders. The initial questions regarding the safety of talcum powders arose when warnings were issued not to allow children to inhale the powder, as it may result in chronic lung conditions. However, no warnings were issued regarding other uses for talc products, specifically use for genital hygiene. Women, in particular, used talc as a part of their daily regimen to eliminate moisture and odor in their genital areas. Many women claim they grew up learning to use talc and continued to do so for their entire lives. In the 1970’s, researchers began releasing warnings that using talcum powder on the genital region may increase the risk of ovarian cancer in women. Additional studies in the 1990’s and beyond repeated these warnings. Reportedly, talc fibers could travel up into the ovaries and remain there, eventually resulting in the formation of ovarian tumors. While these reports existed, Johnson & Johnson and other companies did nothing to warn women of these risks and many women continued unknowingly continued to use these products. Recent Lawsuits Regarding Talcum Powder The warnings regarding the use of talc-based products hit headlines recently...
Common Causes of Distracted Driving that Result in Collisions

Common Causes of Distracted Driving that Result in Collisions

Distracted driving1 is a major contributing factor in many automobile collisions. In an effort to gain insight into the common types and causes of distracted driving and the resulting accidents, Erie Insurance did a study of all fatal collisions in the US that took place in 2010 and 2011 in which the driver was distracted.2 The results were stunning. In 62% of the fatal accidents studied, the distraction was solely the fault of the driver. Namely, the driver was just inattentive or “lost in thought.” The other 38% of drivers were distracted by external factors. This comprehensive study outlined the major causes of distracted driving and shows their likelihood to contribute to an accident. Cell phone use – The biggest external factor in distractions that Erie found was cell phone use, occurring about 12% of the time in fatal collisions involving a distracted driver. Cell phone use includes talking on the phone, listening to something on the phone, texting, and dialing. Florida has specifically tried to address this issue with its ban on texting and driving3 and many automobile manufacturers now produce vehicles that allow for hands-free phone use to attempt to address the safety issue created by people paying more attention to their phone than the road. Using these hands-free devices and waiting to respond and send texts until you’ve reached your destination are your best bets at avoiding this risk. Outside person, object or event – The next biggest distractor, occurring about 7% of the time, is where the driver is paying more attention to something outside of the car than to the road. Frequently referred to...
School-Related Injuries to Children

School-Related Injuries to Children

Children sometimes have a knack for getting injured. Whether it’s because of their constant enthusiasm for playing or their lack of caution in encountering the world around them, bumps and bruises are something parents come to expect when raising their children. When sending their kids to school, however, they expect that their kids will be looked after, well cared-for, and protected from a harmful environment. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Liability for Schools in Florida Because school districts are usually government entities, there may be specific procedures you must follow to bring a claim against the district or one of its employees. Many schools have sovereign immunity,1 which protects them from many types of claims and lawsuits. It is a good idea to contact a local Florida personal injury attorney right away when your child suffers an injury at school to ensure all of your rights are protected. Safe School Grounds In Florida, schools have a responsibility to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition.2 This means that schools must look to guard against reasonably foreseeable injuries that children may suffer due to their inability to process or perceive potential hazards the way an adult would. An example of this would be if there is broken glass lying in the middle of the floor. In an adult-dominated setting, like an office, adults would know to avoid the glass, but a child may not know that and will likely investigate, which could lead to cuts and other injuries. Obviously, schools are not able to prevent every hazard a child may encounter. If the school knew or should...
Emotional Issues after a Personal Injury

Emotional Issues after a Personal Injury

After an auto accident, a workplace accident, a fall, or any other type of incident, most of the immediate focus will be on the physical symptoms and effects of the injuries of the victims. This is understandable, as medical professionals want to ensure that victims are stable and that no life-threatening conditions exist. If they require surgery or other treatment, it generally needs to occur in a timely manner. As part of a treatment plan, many injured individuals are prescribed physical therapy and other ongoing care so that they can recover from their physical symptoms. While you may follow every step of your treatment plan, you may be neglecting to care for other effects of your injuries – the emotional effects. The following are only some of the many different ways that injury victims can develop emotional symptoms and effects. Some Injuries have Emotional Effects Some injuries actually change the way the brain functions and cause emotional and behavioral problems in victims. One specific injury that often results in emotional symptoms is a traumatic brain injury (TBI).1 If the damage from a TBI occurs in certain places in the brain, victims can often suffer many serious emotional issues, including the following: Agitation Irritability Anxiety Lack of inhibition Lack of impulse control Changes in mood Changes in behavior Brain injuries can take months to heal or could leave a victim permanently changed. A large part of TBI treatment programs is to address the emotional effects of the injury and teach a victim how to cope. This can require rehabilitative therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, medications, and more. While TBI is not...
The School Year can Mean Serious Injuries for Your Child

The School Year can Mean Serious Injuries for Your Child

When August comes around each year, millions of parents send their children back to school. Heading back to school can be an exciting time, yet parents are putting their children in the care of the schools and have little control over whether their children are exposed to the risks of injuries. The school year can bring several unique risks of accidents, many of which can result in serious injuries to your child. This leaves many parents wondering about their rights to hold a school liable for their child’s injuries. Not every injury at school will allow you to financially recover from the school. Some accidents involving children are simply that – an accident. If a child simply fell down because they were clumsy or weren’t paying attention, the school likely cannot be held responsible. Instead, parents must prove that the school was negligent in some way in causing the accident or allowing the accident to occur. Legal claims against schools can be complex and can involve different issues and procedures depending on whether your child attends public or private school. This is because Florida has specific laws1 regarding actions against the government vs. against a private entity. If your child sustains any injury and you believe the school was to blame, you should never delay in discussing a possible claim with an experienced Florida personal injury attorney as there are strict deadlines for filing a claim. The following are some common injuries that claims against schools can involve. Sports Injuries Many school-aged children participate in school-sponsored sports programs. The National Federation of State High School Associations reports2 that the...

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