Slip and falls can happen at any time during the year. However, during the holidays you will probably visit stores, restaurants, and other venues more than you are during other times of the year. You are also likely to attend more parties during this time of year. Therefore, you may be at risk of being injured in a holiday slip and fall.
Why are Holiday Slip
and Falls Common?
Stores have additional merchandise for the holidays that may be stacked precariously or blocking walkways. Stores have a duty to keep walkways clear for customers. In addition, merchandise should not be stacked or stored in a manner that could shift causing a customer to fall.
Additional crowds in restaurants and stores may result in spills that are not immediately cleaned up because wait staff or workers are too busy because they are short-staffed. Also, hosts who may not often entertain in their homes need to be aware of potential holiday slip and fall hazards that could cause a guest to be injured.
What Should You Do After
a Holiday Slip and Fall?
You cannot control your surroundings, but you can be aware of your surroundings. Look out for hazards that could cause a trip and fall. However, if you are injured in a holiday slip and fall, there are some steps that you should take to protect your legal right to seek compensation for your injuries.
- Report the fall immediately to the property owner or the manager. Ask for a copy of the written incident report. If the person does not create a written report, you need to make sure to note the person’s name and title, as well as the date and time you made the report.
- If there are eyewitnesses, ask for the witnesses’ names and contact information.
- See a doctor, regardless of the severity of your injury. You may not believe you are seriously injured. However, you may begin to experience injury symptoms. Any delay in medical care could be used against you by an insurance provider.
- Preserve your clothing and shoes in the event you need to file a claim and questions arise as to what you were wearing at the time of the fall.
- Refrain from discussing the fall or your injuries on social media. If possible, do not use social media after an accident. Consult with an attorney to avoid social media mistakes after a holiday slip and fall.
- Keep detailed notes of all meetings and conversations with anyone regarding your fall.
- Do not provide a written or recorded statement to any party before you consult with a Sacramento slip and fall attorney.
Contact a Sacramento
Slip and Fall Attorney Now
If you are injured in a slip and fall, California’s premises liability laws allow you to seek compensation for your injuries from a negligent property owner. Laws related to slips and falls can be complex. We encourage you to discuss your claim with one of our Sacramento slip and fall attorneys as soon as possible.
Is your child receiving a bicycle for Christmas? Bicycle accidents after the holidays cause many injuries for children. Inexperience is one reason for bicycle accidents. Insufficient safety training is another reason for bicycle crashes. Each year, hundreds of thousands of individuals are injured in bicycle accidents nationwide.
Children between the ages of 5 through 14 years and 15 to 19 years have the highest rate of bicycle-related injuries treated in emergency departments. These age groups account for one-third of the emergency room visits for bicycle injuries.
If your child is receiving a bicycle for Christmas, there are steps that you can take to reduce the risk of bicycle accidents.
Tips for Reducing Bicycle Accidents for Children
- Make sure that the bicycle you choose is the correct height and size for your child. Incorrect bicycle size can increase the risk of a bicycle crash.
- Always make sure that your child wears a bicycle helmet that fits properly. Look for bicycle helmets that have the highest rating for safety and protection.
- Children should also wear protecting knee pads and elbow pads when riding a bicycle.
- Do not allow children to ride bicycles without shoes or while wearing flip-flops or open-toed shoes.
- Train your child in safe bicycling behavior. Children need to understand where to ride their bicycle, how to cross the street, and ways to avoid a crash.
- Do not allow young children to ride bicycles without supervision.
- Make sure that your child’s bicycle has lights and reflectors to increase visibility.
- Do not allow children to ride bicycles at dawn, dusk, or night when drivers may not see them, and it is more difficult to avoid hazards.
What Should You Do If Your Child is Injured in a Bicycle Accident?
Immediately seek medical treatment for your child. Bicycle accidents can cause serious injuries for children. Therefore, even if your child appears to be “fine,” it is always good to see your pediatrician for a physical examination.
If you believe that your child’s bicycle accident was caused by a negligent driver, defective bicycle part, or other wrongdoing, call a Sacramento bicycle accident attorney immediately. Preserve the bicycle and any other evidence from the accident scene.
You and your child may receive compensation for damages related to the accident. Your child may receive compensation for his or her injuries, pain, and suffering caused by a bicycle accident. In addition, you may receive compensation for your financial damages related to the accident. However, you must prove that another party caused the bicycle crash. A Sacramento bicycle accident attorney can help you identify the cause of the accident and gather evidence to prove fault.
Contact a Sacramento Bicycle Accident Attorney
Learn about your legal rights and your child’s legal rights during a free consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys in Sacramento. For a free case review, contact The Tiemann Law Firm by calling (916) 999-9000 or by visiting our website.
Black Friday is still a couple of weeks away; however, the holiday shopping frenzy is well underway. Unfortunately, great deals are not the only things that many shoppers may find this year. Some shoppers may find themselves involved in parking lot accidents while bargain hunting for the perfect holiday gift.
Parking Lot Crashes Increase During the Holiday Season
When we hear about a traffic accident, we usually assume it occurred on the interstate, highway, or other road or street in or around Sacramento. However, over 50,000 auto accidents occur each year in parking lots and garage structures in the United States. Parking lot accidents result in an average of 500 deaths each year and more than 60,000 injuries.
Even though parking lot accidents are a serious problem throughout the year, the holiday season tends to be worse than any other time of the year for parking lot crashes. According to the National Safety Council, auto insurers report an increase in the number of claims on Black Friday. The number of parking lot accident claims continue to be above average throughout the holiday season. However, the number of reported accidents may not represent the total number of crashes in parking lots as some people may not report the incidents to their insurance provider.
Pedestrian Injuries in Parking Lot Accidents
Pedestrians sustain many of the injuries in parking lot accidents. Distracted driving and distracted walking are one of the most common causes of pedestrian injuries in parking lot accidents. Thousands of pedestrians suffer brain injuries, broken bones, and back injuries because of a parking lot accident.
How to Avoid a Parking Lot Accident
The best way to avoid a parking lot accident this year is to remain alert. Avoid all forms of distraction, including using your cell phone or other electronic device while driving or walking.
In addition, drivers need to slow down and watch for vehicles backing out or pedestrians crossing in front of traffic. Children may dart out between cars or rush to get to the front of the store. If a driver is speeding through the parking lot, the driver may not have time to avoid an accident.
When backing out of a parking space, a driver should proceed very slowly and continuously watch for other vehicles and pedestrians. While the technology to help a driver avoid crashes while backing out is a great help, drivers should not rely solely on technology to avoid an accident.
Damages Caused by a Parking Lot Accident
Even a fender bender can cause physical injuries. In many cases, a person may realize days after the accident that he or she suffered a neck or back injury that continues to cause pain and limited motion.
Because you could suffer injuries you may not be aware of immediately after a crash, it is important to report parking lot crashes. A driver may agree that he or she is responsible for the crash only to deny liability if you file an insurance claim for damages. Having an official accident report can be beneficial when you are trying to prove fault in a parking lot accident.
Contact a Sacramento Parking Lot Accident Attorney for More Information
Electric scooters or e-scooters are becoming extremely popular in many cities throughout the country, including cities in California. San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Oakland already have e-scooters. However, the trend has not made it to Sacramento. . . Yet. Sacramento is updating rules that would govern the use of e-scooters within the city in anticipation of their arrival to our area sometime in 2019.
What are E-Scooters?
Companies are capitalizing on the popularity of bicycle sharing by creating an e-scooter sharing system. Like bicycling sharing, you pay a small fee to use one of the e-scooters. You travel throughout the city and leave it at your designation for the next rider to use. Companies including Bird, Jump, and Lime have started e- scooters in several cities throughout the United States. The new trend seems to be taking off. However, there have been some problems, including several serious accidents involving e-scooters.
Are E-Scooters Dangerous?
Some opponents of e-scooters on city streets claim that the vehicles can be dangerous, especially when riders are not required to wear helmets or have any training to use the vehicles. Since electric scooters were introduced in Salt Lake City, one hospital reported a 161 percent increase in visits involving these vehicles. A twenty-four-year-old man recently died while using an electric scooter in Dallas. Hospitals in several cities have reported an increase in scooter-related injuries since the e-scooters have come to town.
Common E-Scooter Injuries
Renting an e-scooter is easy. However, navigating the city on an electric scooter can be much more difficult, especially for individuals how have never used an e-scooter. Novices receive a minimum of instruction, if any, about how to use the scooter and safety measures to avoid accidents and injuries. Electric scooters can travel up to 15 mph. An accident at this speed can result in serious injuries to the rider. When the accident involves a vehicle, the injuries can be even more severe.
Injuries Sustained in E-Scooter Accidents
Injuries sustained in e-scooter accidents can range from lacerations and sprains to broken bones and traumatic brain injuries. If a motor vehicle hits a scooter rider, the injuries may be even more severe. The rider has no protection from the impact of the collision. Therefore, injuries in scooter-motor vehicle accidents could result in life-threatening injuries and injuries that result in permanent disabilities.
Regardless of how the electric scooter accident occurs, the result is often life-altering injuries to the victim and the victim’s family. When another party is responsible for the causing the scooter accident, that party may be held liable for the injuries, damages, and losses caused by the accident.
Contact a Sacramento E-Scooter Accident Attorney to Discuss Filing a Claim
As the popularity of electric scooters increase, the laws governing scooters are likely to change. In addition, accidents involving e-scooters may involve one or more areas of law including personal injury law, product liability law, and premises liability laws. An experienced Sacramento e-scooter accident attorney can help you sort out the various issues related to your accident to determine your legal options for filing an injury claim.
One of the most traumatic injuries a person may suffer because of a motor vehicle accident, slip & fall accident, or other personal injury accident is a spinal cord injury. Spinal cord injuries can result in complete or partial paralysis. Therefore, victims of SCI may face years of rehabilitative therapies. Even with therapy, they may still be unable to return to work or perform normal daily activities.
When the spinal cord injury is caused by another person, you might be entitled to compensation to help pay for rehabilitation after an SCI. Our Sacramento spinal cord injury attorneys can help you file a claim to seek money to help you pay for the expenses related to a spinal cord injury.
What is Included in Rehabilitation Therapy After a Spinal Cord Injury?
The spinal cord carries messages to and from the brain to all areas of the body. However, your spinal cord does not need to be severed for you to suffer a complete spinal cord injury. A blunt impact to the spinal cord can cause severe damage and secondary conditions that may result in paralysis.
With a complete SCI, you lose all sensation and movement in the areas of the body controlled by the spinal cord below the site of injury. Therefore, the higher the injury on the spinal cord, the more chance that you might suffer complete paralysis of all limbs and your torso.
The types of therapy included in spinal cord injury rehab depend on the person, the person’s needs and abilities, and the severity of the spinal cord injury. Most spinal cord rehabilitation plans have four main goals:
- Improving your physical function, including strength and mobility;
- Teaching you how to use various equipment and other adaptive technologies to perform daily tasks;
- Helping you to develop skills and strategies to perform daily tasks with your new level of mobility and sensory level; and,
- Working with you to develop coping skills to overcome the psychological and emotional barriers that could prevent you from adjusting to your new way of performing tasks.
Working with a Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Team
There are many companies and medical facilities that offer rehabilitation services for spinal cord injury victims. Many of the facilities have a team of professionals that work with SCI victims to reach their goals. Some of the health care professionals that might work on your rehabilitation team include:
- Physical therapists help you improve and retain your strength, mobility, and movement.
- Occupational therapists work with you to redevelop your fine motor skills. An occupational therapist can also help you learn new ways of performing tasks.
- Speech therapists might be necessary if the spinal cord injury impacted your verbal skills.
- Mental health professionals help you deal with the emotional and psychological issues that often accompany an SCI. Many SCI victims experience periods of depression, anger, fear, and frustration. Therefore, counselors, therapists, psychologists, and neuropsychologists work with you to address the cognitive and emotional effects of a spinal cord injury.
Depending on your needs and goals, you may work with other health care professionals during SCI rehabilitation therapy. The important thing to remember is to choose a facility that specializes in rehabilitation services for spinal cord injury victims. Likewise, you also want a facility that makes you feel comfortable and confident about your SCI rehabilitation.
Schedule a Free Appointment with a Sacramento Spinal Cord Injury Attorney
If you suffered a spinal cord injury because of another person’s negligence, we want to help. Call The Tiemann Law Firm at (916) 999-9000 or visit our website to request your free case review with one of our Sacramento spinal cord injury attorneys.