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Surprising facts about slip-and-fall accidents

"Slipping and falling is not a big problem for adults." If you agreed with this statement, it might surprise you to know that it is not true. Sure, everyone has slipped, fallen and skinned a knee or two as a child, but an alarming number of adults have experienced slip-and-fall accidents as well, often leading to serious injury or death.

Slips-and-falls can happen in your home, on a sidewalk or in a Pittsburgh business establishment. Believing that you are immune to such an incident can be a mistake. Below are a few facts about slip-and-fall accidents that many Pennsylvania residents find surprising.

Sexual assault in school | Is inadequate security to blame?

Schools are supposed to be safe places for Pennsylvania children. However, news reports often feature stories about assault that takes places in educational facilities. From schoolyard beatings to outright sexual assault, how can the state and even the nation better deal with these harmful and unacceptable behaviors?

No one wants schools to become prisons for youths, but perhaps inadequate security does play a role in these incidents. Reportedly, an 18-year-old senior sexually assaulted another student in a Pennsylvania high school auditorium. Even more disturbing, the auditorium was not empty at the time of the assault; other students were present but reportedly did not hear the girl crying.

How do fire scene investigations work?

As you might expect, not just anyone can enter the scene of a fire and determine what caused the incident. In fact, it takes training and experience to uncover clues about the origins of fires or explosions leading to a fire. Large cities like Pittsburgh typically take fire scene investigation seriously, whether the fire was accidental or intentional.

In many cases, fire scenes are treated as crime scenes in order for investigators to determine if the fire was an act of arson. This means that no detail goes overlooked, which is a strong benefit for victims injured in a fire or explosion. Such exacting attention to detail can strengthen a fire victim's attempts to seek compensation for injuries he or she may have suffered. Scene investigations are also crucial to an injury attorney representing fire victims.

An injury lawyer's take on controversial dram shop liability laws

If you are a frequent visitor to our blog, you already know that we talk about dram shop liability quite often. It is our effort to raise awareness about the many different causes of DUI accidents in or near Pittsburgh. In Pennsylvania, victims of auto accidents involving alcohol do have legal options if it is found that the drunk driver was over-served in an establishment.

Unfortunately, many people believe that dram shop liability laws are unfair. They hold that the patron alone owns the responsibility for his or actions. They say that a stranger working in a bar or a restaurant should not be held responsible for a patron consuming too much alcohol and endangering innocent people.

Stay injury-free on escalators by following these tips

Escalators are everywhere in Pennsylvania including airports, convention centers and shopping centers. These transport devices are convenient in channeling foot traffic and keeping busy commercial sites flowing smoothly, but they can be dangerous.

News sites across the world are filled with reports of escalator accidents, many of them causing severe injury or even death. The Today Show's Jeff Rossen even got in on the media buzz with a detailed video report about these incidents.

Facts about violence perpetrated in American hospitals

Hospitals are typically thought of as safe, benign places. Many Pennsylvania residents never give a second thought to security issues when frequenting hospitals in the state. Unfortunately, hospitals are somewhat prone to violent acts. The question is how to address inadequate security and reduce acts of violence perpetrated on hospital property.

The results of a study that looked at hospital shootings occurring between 2000 and 2011 reveal a grim picture. One-hundred-fifty-four hospital shootings occurred during the study period. Ninety-one of these shootings happened inside the hospital and 63 of them occurred outside on hospital grounds. More than 230 people were injured or killed because of these shootings.

Pennsylvania woman files lawsuit after slip-and-fall accident

Two years ago, a woman was visiting a resident in a Pennsylvania nursing home when she suffered a slip-and-fall accident on the premises. In February of this year, she filed a liability lawsuit for numerous injuries she reportedly suffered in the fall.

The slip-and-fall accident occurred on the premises of the Wallingford Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Reports indicate that the victim, a resident of Aston, was leaving the premises when she fell in a vestibule area. Her lawsuit claims that the vestibule's dangerous floor conditions caused her to fall. These dangerous conditions include the accumulation of water and the presence of a rug or floor mat placed in a negligent position.

Can I sue if my pet was injured on someone else's property?

You are probably not going to like this, but in the eyes of the law, a pet is propertyy. As such, it will be treated as property regardless of what legal action you pursue. In many cases, victims of a pet injury would have more success by seeking a remedy directly from the responsible party rather than through a premises liability action.

With that said, the law can offer some satisfaction. As with all premises liability actions, negligence is the main factor that could lead to success. Below are two examples in which a pet suffers an injury on another person's property. Hopefully, they will give you some idea of when negligence is a factor and when it is not.

A reminder that fires or explosions still take Pennsylvania lives

If history has taught Pittsburgh residents one important lesson, it is not to underestimate the danger of fires or explosions. It was a hard-won lesson, but it still resonates in all of our minds. Two major historical events served to teach us this lesson: the Great Fire of 1845 and the Equitable Gas explosion of 1927.

The Great Fire consumed everything for a mile and a quarter and took two lives. The Equitable explosion unfortunately claimed 28 lives and left between 500 and 600 people injured. Many things have changed since these two disasters occurred, resulting in a reduced risk of fires or explosions. However, we must never forget that these dangers still exist.

Expand your knowledge about the common slip-and-fall accident

If you are like most Pittsburgh residents, you probably feel confident in your ability to avoid slip-and-fall accidents. Unfortunately, overconfidence and complacency may work to increase your odds of suffering a fall. After all, most of these accidents strike out of nowhere when the victim is feeling relatively safe.

You probably already know that many slip-and-fall accidents occur outside in inclement weather. However, indoor slip-and-fall accidents are also a risk. Often, all a fall victim suffers from is embarrassment, but sometimes a serious injury may result from even a seemingly minor fall. Here are some important facts you should know about slips and falls.

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