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Bon Voyage! With summer upon us, many people are headed off on maritime journeys to exotic locales from various ports around the country.

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While we all daydream about cocktails by the pool, buffets and leisure time, slip and fall accidents on cruise ships are one of the most common ongoing problems plaguing the industry.

Assume most accidents on a cruise ship come from people falling overboard? Think again. In fact, slip and falls are reported more than food poisoning.

Think of all the wet areas on the top deck by a pool or different small sections on a vessel that may not be regularly tended to by the staff on the ship. There are many areas of a ship that go unnoticed by the staff since the large areas are usually dense with the population of travelers and therefore require more attention. Add that to the literal up and down potential of rough waters accompanied with alcohol to make a person sway back and forth even more and you have the perfect recipe for a spill that may ruin a vacation.

Cruise Ship Slip and Fall Statistics:

Over the course of a 3 year study conducted by NCBI, there were 663 injuries as a result of slip and fall injuries on cruise ships that were publically recorded.

62.7% were women were reported aboard; 12.5% were classified as serious.

Accident Victim Median Age: 72 (range: 1-97)

Injuries suffered on board of ship: 65.3%

Most common accident locations aboard: Cabins 20.1%, Bathrooms 13.4%, excursions 29.6%, and while on tour buses 16.1%

Slips/trips/falls: 44.8% of injuries aboard a cruise ship and 69.4% ashore while on excursions

Most injured body part: 43% lower extremity

Most common injury type: 41.6% open wounds

While vacations are all about fun and forgetting about your worries, make sure you stay safe while on that cruise this summer!

If injured while on your journey, be sure to contact The Injury HelpLine. We’ll connect you with a local attorney who can help you with your case.

 

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Scary Statistics

Halloween is scary, but not for the reasons that you might think. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation on Halloween night 2016: 

  • 47 people died and nearly a third were due to drunk drivers – three times the fatalities of an average day.
  • Thirty percent of Halloween crash fatalities were pedestrians, compared to only 16 percent on an average day.
  • Over the last four years, from 2012-2016, 22 percent of pedestrian fatalities on Halloween night involved a drunk driver.

Halloween PumpkinsSafety experts at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt warn that “twice as many children are killed while walking on Halloween than on any other day of the year”. According to research conducted by Sperling’s BestPlaces, over 60% of these accidents occur in the 4-hour period from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Aside from motor vehicle accidents and pedestrian accidents, typical Halloween injuries include slip and falls, costume-related accidents and injuries and burns from candles and candlelit pumpkins.

Safety Tips for you and your family

Here’s what you can do to keep yourself and your family safe as you prepare for a fun-filled night of trick-or-treating:

MAKE YOURSELF VISIBLE

  • Make sure motorist can see you, especially at night and in low light.
  • Carry a flashlight or wear a small flashing strobe light.
  • Choose brightly colored and reflective clothing. Reflective materials on the parts of your body that move (feet, legs, and arms) are particularly effective.

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shopping-1165437_640It is important to know that any business which welcomes the public onto their premises is legally charged with keeping those people reasonably safe. Whether you are at a “big box” store like Walmart, Sam’s Club or Costco, a supermarket chain such as Albertson’s or Safeway, or any business that invites the public in to purchase goods, there is an inherent obligation to keep customers out of harm’s way. If you are injured in a slip and fall on the store’s premise, you may have a valid legal claim against the business.

There are a number of factors involved in most store slip and fall accidents. Accumulations of snow or ice in the entry way, a floor mat which is bunched up, display items which are haphazardly placed, poor lighting or a spilled substance which has been there for a significant length of time but ignored can all cause slip and fall accidents. Consider some of the more notable lawsuits regarding slip and falls in stores.

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Slip and Falls in Icy Conditions

Walking on snow or ice when it’s cold outside can be an difficult endeavor. Thousands of people suffer serious injuries every year because they lose their footing in icy or slippery conditions. Whether they occur in the workplace, at home, or anywhere else, winter slip and fall accidents are all-too-common.

Ice-related Slip & Fall Injury Causes & Statistics

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that about 1 million Americans are injured, and 17,000 people die, as a result of slip and fall injuries every year. According to one study, slip and fall injury rates increase significantly as temperatures decline, with most injuries resulting from contact with outside services.

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What Is Premises Liability?

Premises Liability Introduction

Premises liability laws hold land and property owners legally responsible for accidents and injuries that occur on their property as a result of unsafe conditions, poor property upkeep, or any other act that leads to failure to ensure the safety of individuals on the premises.

Slip and fall accidents are the classic example of a premises liability case; however, a variety of other injury claims also fall under the purview of premises liability law. Examples include dog bites / animal attacks, construction accidents, security negligence, wrongful death accidents, assault and battery, accidental drowning, occupational injuries, broken bones, and many others.

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What You Need to Know About Slip and Fall Injuries

Even though they might sound insignificant, so-called “slip and fall” injuries are not only common, but they can lead to substantial problems for those who are hurt as a result.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 17,000 people die, and more than one million people suffer injuries because of slips and fall accidents every year. A slip and fall injury occurs when, as the name implies, someone falls, trips, or slips on something. While simply slipping and falling doesn’t mean that you will be able to sue someone to recover damages, you can file a personal injury lawsuit in many situations where you experience injuries after a slip and fall.

Common Causes of Slip and Fall Injuries

Walking is something most people take for granted, but it becomes obvious just how potentially dangerous it can be to walk in some environments when you slip and hurt yourself. Whether you trip over a broken piece of concrete, slip on a slippery icy pavement, or fall after catching your foot on a torn or broken floor surface, there are a number of ways you can injure yourself simply by walking.

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