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Slip and Fall Accidents – A Leading Cause of Disability and Death

caution signSlip, trip, and fall accidents are more common than many people realize. Slip and fall accidents can lead to disability and even death. Victims of slip and fall accidents often miss work, have to receive ongoing medical treatment, and experience pain due to their accident. According to the National Floor Safety Institute, fall accidents are the leading cause of injuries that result in hospital emergency room visits. Fall accidents account for more than eight million emergency room visits in the U.S. each year, with slip and fall accidents accounting for approximately 12 percent of those emergency room visits.

The NFSI website provides an extensive list of quick facts about fall accidents in the U.S. Some of the facts include:

 
• Fractures are generally the most serious consequences of falls and occur in 5% of all people who fall.
• Floors and flooring materials contribute to more than 2 million fall injuries each year.
• Over 60% of nursing home residents will fall each year.
• 85% of worker’s compensation claims are attributed to employees slipping on slick floors.
• Falls occur in all manufacturing and service sectors. Fatal falls most commonly occur in construction, mining, and certain maintenance activities.
• See the full list of quick facts from the NFSI here: http://nfsi.org/nfsi-research/quick-facts/

Some of these statistics are shocking, especially since many falls can be prevented. Fall accidents can happen in almost any location, so by avoiding slip and fall hazards, you can decrease the risk of an accident. Avoid or take extra precautions when you observe the following things:

 
• Loose rugs or rippled carpeting
• Wet or greasy floors
• Clutter in walkways and doorways
• Electrical cords and cables on the ground
• Poor lighting conditions
• Icy or snowy paths and sidewalks
• Poorly maintained sidewalks and stairways
• Safety code violations

 
While not all slip and fall accidents warrant hiring an attorney, many accidents can be due to the negligence or actions of others. If you or someone you know has been injured in a slip and fall accident, contact Davis & Gelshenen LLP at 1-866-427-2121 for a free initial consultation with one of our Experienced, Trusted, and Recommended Personal Injury Attorneys. Davis & Gelshenen LLP handles cases throughout Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, and North Carolina and will meet with you at your home to discuss your case.

Holiday Travel Driving Tips

holidaydrivingtrafficThe holiday season (from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day) is typically the busiest travel time of the year. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, during the Thanksgiving travel period, the number of long-distance trips (50 miles or more) increases by about 54 percent. During the Christmas/New Year’s travel period, the number rises by 23 percent, compared to the average number during the rest of the year. While airports, bus stations, and trains get major traffic during the holidays, most long-distance holiday travel is done by personal vehicle.

Traveling with more cars on the road can make your travel experience stressful. If you plan on driving somewhere during the holidays, take a look at our holiday travel driving tips to make your trip a little easier:

• Get your car examined – Before driving a long distance, it is a good idea to get your car looked at, especially if you will be driving in winter conditions. Getting a quick tune-up can give you peace of mind and help you to avoid unfortunate car troubles.

• Be prepared for a change in course – Before you depart, familiarize yourself with your travel route and take a look at what the weather will be like. Be aware of and prepared for detours, construction, road closings, and traffic, which could increase your travel time. In heavy traffic areas, tune in to a local radio station to find out about delays. By staying flexible with your plans, you can decrease the stress and anxiety that might come with traveling.

• Stay alert and make frequent stops – Dehydration can quickly lead to fatigue and decreased alertness. It is important to stay hydrated, pack food, and make regular stops. With more traffic, and possibly winter conditions, driving can be exhausting. Take time to stop, stretch, get fresh air, and take bathroom breaks. Also, fill up with gas whenever you are able to. It’s better to be safe than sorry, and you’ll be thankful that you have gas in your tank when you are stuck in traffic.

• Pack a safety kit – Pack safety essentials in your car, such as a cell phone, car charger, rope, jumper cables, first aid kit, flashlight, blanket, etc.

• Remember basic car safety – Always wear your seat-belt, use extra caution in work zones, and don’t follow other vehicles too closely.

• Stay in touch – Let someone know your destination, route, and expected arrival time, so that they can contact you if something arises.

Unfortunate Spike in Wisconsin Traffic Fatalities

According to statistics provided by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, there were 67 deaths on Wisconsin roads in September. The Wisconsin D.O.T. says that this is about a 22% increase from the same time period in 2014. Death rates on Wisconsin roads have been trending down as a whole, but this spike is definitely worthy of consideration.

As with every year, the weather in Wisconsin will turn during the colder months, and road conditions will carry even more of a risk. Icy and snowy conditions require more attentive driving, so it is important to refrain from texting or checking your cell phone while behind the wheel. Keep your eyes on the road at all times, drive at reasonable speeds, and remember to always wear your seatbelt.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident, call Davis & Gelshenen LLP at 1-866-427-2121 for a free initial consultation with one of our Experienced, Trusted, and Recommended Personal Injury Attorneys. Davis & Gelshenen LLP handles cases throughout Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, and North Carolina and will meet with you at your home to discuss your case.