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Unsafe Premises Lead To Slip And Fall Cases

When you go onto someone else’s property, you have the reasonable expectation that you will be safe from injury while you are there. Businesses especially have the obligation to maintain their equipment on their property. When they don’t, it opens them up to a host of issues including your injury. The following are some of the more common issues that lead to slip and fall injuries.

Poorly Maintained Walkways

After a snowstorm or when rain freezes, sidewalks become slippery. If you are at an establishment, it is their responsibility to not only remove the snow from the walkway but also put out a sign saying that the floor is slick. When it is wet outside, the tile floors inside the store will be even more slippery.

Loose Handrails

A lot of us use handrails to get up stairs easier. A lot of our body weight is placed on the handrails. When the rails are not sturdy, this can spell disaster. Not only can someone not get up the stairs but they could potentially fall up or down the stairs causing serious injury.

Poor Lighting

When there is not a lot of light shining on a specific area, people cannot see what hazards are before them. If there is something obstructing their path or a kink in the sidewalk, they will surely trip and fall which could bring on a lawsuit.

It is good to remember that it is a violation of the law to have unsafe premises that causes serious bodily injury to someone else. If you have tripped, slipped or fallen and you need help, call the personal injury lawyers at James A. Rice today.

Which Personal Injury Case Do You Have?

Let’s give you an example: You are a young person in college, delivering pizza for some cash. It is a cold day and there is melting snow on the ground. You drive to your customer’s house and go to ring the doorbell. Except, without noticing the frozen sheet of ice, you slip and fall directly onto your knees instead of reaching the bell. Is there a crime here? Depending on how badly you are injured, the answer to this question is yes.

Slip and Fall

There is a slip and fall case here. This means that you were injured because of there was a failure to warn or clean up something that can potentially be dangerous. In the example above, the homeowner failed to put ice melt down on their porch to prevent a fall from occurring. If you were able to document the fall with either a trip to the hospital or with your work, you may be able to get compensation for your injury.

Worker’s Comp

If for whatever reason the slip and fall case fails, there is also a case here for worker’s compensation. Although you were on someone else’s property, you were still on the clock at the pizza place. Federal law requires business to provide worker’s comp for its employees for just this reason. If the fall made it hard for you to drive or walk, you would be without an income for the length of your recovery. With worker’s comp, you would be able to get a supplement for your lack of income.

Whether your story is like our example or something different call the personal injury lawyers at James A Rice today to see if your case is warranted.

Negligent Security And Personal Injury Lawyers

In a previous blog, we talked about what negligence means when it is related to car accidents. Today, we would like to discuss what it means when we say “negligent security”. We know that the dictionary says negligence means the failure to provide protection to another person which has ended in injuries. So negligent security means that the protection of others was not carried out and someone was injured on your premises.

If you think that you have a good case for negligent security, you must first consider if your injury was directly caused by irresponsible behavior from the owner or manager. You will have to prove to the courts that this person could have foreseen the incident and been able to take measures to prevent the incident. Property owners or managers have the ability to provide security by installing cameras, having working door locks, installing a fence or even hiring outside security.

Negligent security can occur anywhere, not just at a place of business. You can get hurt inside apartments, schools, malls, and even amusement parks. Third party attacks can happen in places where you feel safe. It is up to you and your lawyers to figure out if the attack could have been prevented in some way or another and if they are found to be at fault, the owner or manager will have to pay damages resulting from the attack.

James A. Rice is one of only 10 law firms that work on negligent security cases. If you need help with your case, call your Atlanta personal injury lawyers today.

The Truth About Personal Injury Claims

There is nothing worse than being hurt. Whether it’s a stubbed toe or a broken back, the pain is real for the person experiencing it. What’s even worse is knowing that the injury could have been prevented if the other person involved would have been responsible in their care of you. The term “personal injury” refers to a person getting injured and another person is responsible for that injury. When someone else is responsible for your well being and you are in turn harmed from their carelessness, you have every right to make a personal injury claim. Personal injury claims have to prove two things: Liability and Damages.

Liability

Proving that the other party is responsible for your injury is the hardest thing that you will need to do. You have to prove that you were in the care of this other person and that this person neglected his/her responsibility. Then you have to prove that you were in fact injured and that these injuries were caused by his/her negligence.

Damages

After proving liability, you must then prove what damages you are entitled to. To do this you have to take several factors into account such as the specific claim you are making, and the circumstances that lead up to you getting hurt. You will also need to prove the impact of your injuries and how your life has been changed, i.e not working, walking, etc. You need to have proof of medical records and expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering as well as any emotional distress that this ordeal has caused you.

If you believe that you have a good personal injury claim and would like to pursue it, contact the lawyers at James A. Rice, Jr., P.C. and let us help you.

Personal Injury From An Auto Accident

What is that numbness and tingling in my arms and legs?

This is one of the most common questions people have after an automobile accident. The most common response is that they think they have injured their hand, fingers, toes or feet. The truth is it may very well be related to an injury to your neck or back.

A herniated disk is a serious injury which may require ongoing and invasive treatment. A herniated disk may reveal itself through numbness or tingling in your arms if you have a herniation in your neck or in your legs if you have a herniated disk in your low back.

The numbness and tingling may begin at different areas of your arm or leg and affect a different number of fingers or toes. Sometimes it is accompanied by pain while other times it is simply annoying and constant. In addition to potentially herniated disks, it could also be a problem with your elbow such as the ulnar nerve or traumatic carpal tunnel.

So what do you do about a back or neck injury?

The best thing to do is to see an expert to help you find out the diagnosis. The best person to see is an orthopedist or a neurologist who can help you determine the exact cause of your injury.

Can it be cured?

Most of the time, yes. Sometimes the problems simply go away with time while others require physical therapy, injections, etc. On some occasions, moving forward with surgical intervention is necessary as well. The good news is that if you follow your doctor’s advice, you will have the best chance possible to make a great recovery.

The orthopedist will best know how to treat you as well as determining how to diagnose the injuries such as an MRI, physical exam, etc. Following that, the doctor will be in the best position to help you find out what to do which will assist in your recovery.

Motor Vehicle Accident Injury

Unfortunately, a herniated disk is not an unusual finding with persons being in a car accident. Certainly, this does not stop the insurance company from claiming that it was a pre-existing condition or arthritis. This may be one of the most common reasons that you may very well be benefited by a lawyer.

Keep in mind that from a legal standpoint, in addition to proving who is at fault for an accident, we must also prove the injuries. It is important to have an expert such as a medical doctor link the collision to the injury.