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Don't be embarased by a slip-and-fall accident

We recently discussed some points pertaining to slip-and-fall accidents. If you recall, these accidents can lead to very serious injuries. This can pose a problem for the victims of the accident. We know that the victims of slip-and-fall accidents might feel a bit silly trying to come forward with information about the damages they suffered.

The fact of the matter is that slip-and-fall accidents are the subject of many jokes. Some people just don't believe that these accidents can lead to the serious injuries that might occur. These include injuries like brain injuries or damage to the spinal cord. In both of these cases, the victim's life might be negatively impacted for the rest of his or her days. They might be unable to work or care for themselves.

Steps to take after a slip-and-fall accident

Falls account for about 21 percent of hospital emergency room visits. Although many slip-and-fall accidents are not fatal, many people who fall experience injuries such as fractures and strains. Hip fractures are the most serious type of injury. Older people are more likely to experience a hip fracture in a fall. Following a slip-and-fall accident, the first thing to do is to get medical treatment. Do you know what else you should do if you or a loved one slips and falls at a place of business? 

Take these steps after an accident: 

  • Save your medical records and bills to show that you sustained injuries.
  • Stay calm.
  • Report the accident to the manager or owner. Ask the person to make a written report of the incident and have him or her make a copy of the report for your records. Just give the facts; do not place blame on anyone.
  • Collect names, addresses and phone numbers of any witnesses.
  • Take pictures of the exact location where you fell. Make notes about what you were doing, the weather and the exact time and date.
  • It is a good idea to save the shoes and clothes you were wearing during the accident, as these might be evidence.
  • Do not post details about your accident on social media.
  • Do not talk to the insurance company until you are ready. It is a good idea to speak to an attorney before talking to a representative from the insurance or the business. 

Leg strains can require surgery in severe cases

Slip-and-fall accidents can lead to a host of injuries. While some people might not think that leg strains are serious, they can actually cause more issues than what you might realize. There are some cases in which a leg strain can require that the victim has to take time off work.

Leg strains are graded according to the severity of the injury. There are three grades of leg strains. Grade I is the least serious and grade III is the most serious.

Compensation claims vary after car crashes

In our previous blog post, we discussed some of the reasons why you should take pictures when you are in a car accident. These pictures can prove to be valuable if you opt to seek compensation after the crash. Of course, there are some instances, such as when injuries are catastrophic, that you might not be able to get pictures right away.

Even if you can't get pictures of the crash, you can still seek compensation. Other evidence can be useful in these cases, so we can help you discover what might work in your case. It is imperative that you take the time to go over the possibilities to decide how your case will move forward.

How one automaker is turning back the clock to combat distracted driving

Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveal that distracted driving is responsible for a staggering 1,000 injuries and eight fatalities per day here in the U.S. As if this wasn't discouraging enough, many experts believe that it's also played a role in the recent spike in pedestrian fatalities across the nation, which reached an unbelievable 6,000 people last year.

While there are any number of ways in which a driver can be distracted -- from eating or talking to a passenger to adjusting the radio or checking their appearance in the mirror -- there's no question that the number one reason why people are taking their eyes, ears and minds off the road is their smartphones.

Tips for taking photos of your car crash

When you are in a car crash, you are likely going through an array of emotions. If you or someone in your vehicle or elsewhere is injured, your first concern should be getting medical treatment. You may be unable to make that phone call yourself, but hopefully someone nearby will be able to call 911.

If you are able, your next concern should be with preserving evidence of the accident scene. This means getting photos as soon after the accident as possible. The photos should be of the damaged vehicles, your injuries and any property damage that might have occurred. Here are some tips for taking photos that will provide the best evidence:

What damages can Georgia plaintiffs recover for a car crash?

When you file a Georgia lawsuit based on a car accident, you must prove two major points to succeed: 1) the other driver was at fault and caused the accident, and 2) you sustained damages. Calculating the likely amount of damages you could get is essential at various stages of your case.

In the beginning, your lawyer reviews available documentation, including medical records, the police report, invoices for car repair and your insurer's evaluation. This can create a good idea of what your case is worth and allows your attorney to weed out lowball settlement offers. The initial damage estimation can change as the case progresses and more evidence becomes available.

You might have to fight for workers' compensation benefits

Workers' compensation cases are usually a matter of life or death for the workers who need benefits. Not only do they need access to medical care for their injuries, they also need money to pay bills and live until they are able to go back to work. Unfortunately, the workers' compensation system isn't perfect. The flaws mean that some workers will have to fight for the benefits that should have offered them coverage.

We know how important it is for you to get the benefits that you need. You can't afford to lose your home, your vehicle or other things you've worked hard to obtain. When you file your workers' compensation claim after an accident, you expect that everything will be fine from there.

5 ways you can make your motorcycle ride safer

As a motorcycle rider, you must be vigilant all the time. Those with whom you share the road cannot always see you. For one thing, you might be partial to black, both in your bike and in your choice of apparel, and black is simply not that easy to see. If you make a few changes, you will stand out, enjoy your ride and live to tell about it.

Data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that in 2014, 4,586 motorcycle riders died in crashes across the country. Here are five tips to make your ride safer so you can keep from becoming a statistic.

What happens when a worker is crushed?

Construction workers are at a higher risk than many other workers of suffering from serious injuries. Road construction workers face the risk of being crushed by vehicles. Construction workers who are working on building structures face the risk of being crushed by heavy machinery or falling items.

There are several things that you should know about crush injuries so that you are prepared to act if one occurs to you or while you are around. If one has already impacted your life and you suffered damages, you might choose to seek compensation either through workers' compensation or a third-party claim.

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