Category Archives: Slip and Fall / Premises Liability

Slip and fall accidents are leading causes of brain injuries, and a premises liability lawsuit can help pay for medical bills, lost wages and more if negligence caused the injury.

Are Nursing Homes Liable for Fall Injuries?

The risk of falling is common among elderly people. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that about half to three-fourths of resident falls occur in the nursing home. With such frequency and potential for injury, nursing homes are usually equipped to assist fallen patients and work diligently at minimizing fall risk for residents. This could be installing grab bars and cushioning, the use of walkers, or ensuring patients are at safe bed and chair heights. If a fall occurs, that does not mean that the nursing facility is immediately to blame. However, there are instances where a fall leads to negligence or abuse charges depending on how the nursing home handled the fall. Placing responsibility on the nursing home will depend on whether the nursing home acted accordingly to help the resident recover from the incident. For a nursing home to be considered liable for a resident’s…
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Does Signing a Waiver Mean I Can’t File a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

It’s not uncommon for businesses like rock climbing gyms, zip line operators and other recreational businesses to ask patrons to sign waivers absolving the companies from liability when injuries occur on their property. But did you know that waivers are not necessarily ironclad? Signing a waiver does not necessarily void your right to file a lawsuit. When Are Personal Injury Waivers Unenforceable? If you are injured at an event that required you to sign a personal injury waiver, your attorney can examine the waiver to determine if it is actually enforceable. Here are just a few things we look at to make this determination: The language of the waiver. Waivers with vague or ambiguous language may not be enforceable. The location of critical language. Think of this like a fine print clause. If information critical to the business’s liability is hidden away in some fine print that the signer could…
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Hurt in a Hotel Fire? Here’s What to Do

In late October, a fire broke out at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel’s Old Hickory Steakhouse before spreading to a rooftop HVAC unit. The hotel is the largest non-casino hotel outside of Las Vegas in the United States, so a fire could cause several injuries. Fortunately, no one suffered injuries, although one firefighter was treated at the scene for heat-related symptoms. But what if something went wrong, and the fire spread further? What if someone was burned or hurt by smoke inhalation? What if, Heaven forbid, someone died of suffocation or burn injuries due to a hotel fire? Hotel Fire Statistics The National Fire Protection Association states that there are approximately 3,520 hotel and motel fires in the United States annually. This accounts for 1 percent of all structure fires. These fires result in roughly nine deaths, 120 injuries and $84 million in property damage. Most of these fires start in kitchens, but most…
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