When most Americans go shopping, sustaining a serious injury is the last thing on their mind. Unfortunately, negligent store owners who fail to ensure that the floor of their store is free of clutter and spills can easily transform a carefree day of shopping into a day at the hospital. Slips and falls in retail stores are far more common than most people think, and if you fall while shopping, you deserve to be compensated for your injury. If you or someone you care about was injured in this manner, the following information will be immensely helpful.
As opposed to many other forms of personal injuries, slip, trip, or falls don’t always lead to an immediate, noticeable injury. How many of us have suffered a minor accident, only to begin feeling the damage days later? In some instances, the physical symptoms associated with injuries takes some time to manifest – days, weeks, or even months. This means that some slip and fall cases aren’t recognized till well after they have occurred. By then the obvious question becomes – can I even take legal action at this point? Read the rest »
Fortunately, this winter has not been one for the record books. As opposed to last year’s “Snow-zilla” and “Snowpocalypse,” 2016 has been relatively mild. This is obviously a welcome relief for anyone that has to get into their car, bus, train, or cab and commute to work. Despite the relatively mild winter the Northeast just had, we’re still experiencing a decent amount of slush and rain. This means those same commuters are going to end up piling into large parking decks and even larger arrival points – such as work place parking garages, mall parking lots, and train station depots. As a result, many of the slip, trip, and fall accidents that we encounter are connected to these often-slippery spots. Read the rest »
We all know what black ice is – or at least we should. Black ice is a thin layer of nearly transparent frost that forms along the road when the temperature reaches the freezing point. Once the wind chill starts to drop, weathermen begin putting out the black ice warnings to motorists and big rig drivers. But, unfortunately, pedestrians don’t seem to get the warning they should. Black ice is just as dangerous for folks commuting by foot. All it takes is one brisk walk to the subway platform or parking lot, on that below freezing morning, and next thing you know – you’ve got a sprained ankle or wrist. Read the rest »
About one year ago police in Bound Brook, NJ stopped two high school students from shoveling snow in their neighborhood. The reason? They needed a permit to offer such services around town. Amazingly enough, the police were not wrong in this situation. The kids legally could not operate without the proper municipal permits, which would cost them many times the amount they would have earned from actually doing the job. Of course this caused a serious uproar in the community, which eventually made it all the way up to the state legislature. This brings us up to the present, where Governor Chris Christie just signed a law removing the rather dubious restriction. Read the rest »
At one time or another, we’ve all had a sudden slip, trip, and fall. When someone loses their balance, they instinctively will do their best to regain equilibrium. This means throwing out our arms in an attempt to grab onto something, redistribute weight, or to brace for impact. The latter reaction – bracing for impact – can result in serious injuries to the arm and wrist. Read the rest »
In cartoons, slip and fall accidents – usually involving a banana peel – are an old gag. In real life, however, a slip and fall accident is no joke. In a fall you could suffer a serious injury like fractured or dislocated bones, rehabilitation, and a lengthy healing period.
For many of us, whether we like it or not, New Jersey Transit is the only way to go. Driving isn’t an option for most of the bridge-and-tunnel types, and riding a bike or walking to work can be impossible when the weather doesn’t hold up. So, New Jersey Transit becomes the only way in and out of work, school, and home. In most cases, this isn’t much of an issue. There are the occasional delays and closed stations, but (for the most part) New Jersey Transit makes your monthly pass worth it. Read the rest »
Winter is almost upon us. But, for the next few weeks we’ll be graced with the fantastic colors of fall. Every year, the northern United States watch the summer leaves transition from green to a wild swath of red, orange and yellow. Unfortunately, it only takes one heavy snow or freezing rain storm to send these gorgeous shades falling to the ground. Of course, this is where we get the term “fall.” This is also the time of year many people find themselves sitting in the emergency room after taking a fall of their own.
Slip and fall accidents are often thought of as non-serious “whoops!” moments, or as jokes when a television or cartoon character steps on a banana peel. But a slip or trip that leads to a fall can also lead to catastrophic injuries.
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