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Grocery store slip and fall accidents are often caused by negligent actions of store employees who block aisles with boxes, overload shelves, and fail to clean up spills.

Grocery Store Falls

Slip and fall accidents are a common occurrence in grocery stores. They usually happen without warning, and they can cause serious injuries, especially to children and elderly adults. Since grocery stores have hard-surface floors for easier cleaning, injuries can result in serious injuries including sprained ankles, fractured and broken bones, back and spinal cord injuries, concussions, and traumatic brain injuries (TBI).

The most common causes of grocery store slip
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Under vicarious liability laws, injury victims can recover compensation for injuries directly caused by one party, as well as third parties who are responsible for the perpetrator’s actions.

What Is Vicarious Liability?

Vicarious liability relates to situations where one person is held partly responsible for the negligent or unlawful actions of a third party. When injuries are caused by negligence, the person who directly caused the injuries and the third-party responsible for that person can share liability. Vicarious liability makes both parties responsible for injuries and compensation to cover damages.

Under respondeat superior legal theories, vicarious liability laws allow defendants
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Most health insurance plans cover medical bills for injuries sustained in vehicle accidents, but restrictions will apply according to individual policy provisions and limits.

Does Health Insurance Cover Car Accidents?

Generally, health insurance policies cover medical expenses for car accident injuries, but limitations may apply based on policy restrictions like co-pays and deductibles, type of car insurance coverage, and fault for the accident. Insurance providers will examine all of these factors to determine their amount of liability on a car accident claim before making any payments on behalf of a policyholder.

Auto Insurance Policies Pay First

When a car accident
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The timeline for a slip and fall accident case can range from several weeks to several years, depending on the extent of injuries, how the fall occurred, and if the case goes to court.

Factors in a Slip and Fall Case

Slip and fall accidents are handled as personal injury cases. When injuries occur, a slip and fall attorney can file a lawsuit in court to recover damages. In most cases, an injury victim can recover damages for medical costs, lost wages, and therapy or rehabilitation costs. If another person’s negligence caused the injuries, the victim can also recover damages
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If an accident results in injuries caused by another person’s negligent actions, it is essential to find a personal injury lawyer who can prove negligence in a civil court case.

Finding the Right Personal Injury Lawyer

When an accident results in injuries, legal representation is important to a successful outcome for the injury victim. Injuries caused by motor vehicle crashes, slip and fall accidents, defective products, animal attacks, and work-related accidents often result in physical disabilities, emotional distress, and temporary or permanent loss of a job.

Accident victims commonly suffer severe or debilitating injuries that result in high medical bills,
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Slip and fall accidents can happen to people of all age groups and occupations, but elderly adults are most likely to suffer serious, life-threatening injuries and deaths.

Seniors Face High Fatality Risks from Falls

Slip and falls are the most common cause of non-fatal injuries in the home and the workplace for all age groups, but people over the age of 65 are twice as likely to sustain severe injuries and fatalities. Due to balance problems, vision impairments, deteriorating muscle strength, and fragile bones, elderly adults are in a high-risk group for slip and fall accidents.

According to the National
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Unions provide additional protection for injured workers with increased job safety procedures, union representation, and job security measures.

Illinois Unions Offer Worker Protections

In 2020, Illinois ranked 13th in the nation for union affiliation, with 739,000 union workers employed throughout the state. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, union workers accounted for 14.3 percent of the state wage and salary for workers in 2020. In the greater Chicago metro area, there are 1,590 labor unions within the cities of Bolingbrook, Des Plaines, Evanston, Elgin, Naperville, Hoffman Estates, Schaumburg, Skokie, and Chicago.

Under Illinois laws, all employers within the
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Porches, decks, and balconies collapse due to a lack of structural integrity or proper maintenance. Builders, property owners, and property managers can be held liable for injuries.

Beware: Unsafe Porches May Collapse

Outdoor porches, decks, and balconies are popular features for homes, condominiums, and apartments because they allow easy access to the outdoors. Most homeowners and renters don’t think twice about entertaining or relaxing on these structures, but perhaps they should. According to the U.S. CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission), there were 2,900 injuries and fatalities caused by structural collapses of porches, decks, and balconies between 2016 and 2019.

Porch and
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Liability for a slip and fall accident requires proof of negligence on the part of the property owner who is responsible for maintaining safe property conditions.

Who’s Liable for Slip and Fall Injuries?

Slip and fall accidents can occur suddenly without warning indoors and outdoors. While some falls result in minor injuries like cuts and bruises, others result in broken bones, disc injuries, and head trauma. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), slip and falls are a leading cause of injury and death. Each year, over 800,000 victims are hospitalized and treated and over 17,000 victims
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When an Uber accident occurs, Uber officials conduct an internal investigation of the driver’s actions, accident reports filed by police, and liability for the accident and related and injuries.

The Facts About Uber Accident Investigations

Ride-share companies like Uber and Lyft are not immune to traffic accidents that result in injuries and fatalities. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) reported more than 36,000 fatal Uber accidents across the country in 2018.

Unlike taxi cabs, buses, and other common carriers, ride-share vehicles are not held to the same safety regulations and financial liabilities. When an Uber accident occurs, the
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If an employer does not have workers’ compensation insurance, an injured worker may file for damages through a workers’ compensation claim with his or her state’s uninsured employer’s fund, or file a personal injury lawsuit.

How to Handle Workplace Injuries

In the United States, almost all states require employers to have workers’ compensation insurance that covers work-related injuries. Typically, employers purchase workers’ comp insurance through their state or show proof of self-insurance which covers injury claims. If a work-related injury occurs, a worker can either file a workers’ compensation claim through his or her workplace or file a personal injury lawsuit
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Defective and ill-fitting shoes are responsible for thousands of slip and fall accidents in the home and workplace each year.

Wearing the Right Shoes

Slip and fall accidents are a leading cause of serious injuries and fatalities at home and work. In the home, 50% of accidental deaths are caused by falls. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), falls are the leading cause of death for seniors over the age of 65. In the workplace, 85% of workers’ compensation claims are linked to falls, accounting for about $70 billion in compensation and medical costs each year.
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Home kitchens are filled with products such as cooking equipment, sharp knives, and cleaning supplies that can cause a variety of serious injuries, even death.

Beware: Dangers are Lurking in the Kitchen

For most families, the kitchen is one of the busiest rooms in the house. Kitchens are often the hub of the home where meals are prepared and served as families gather for daily conversations. Although kitchens are filled with daily laughter and family activities, they are also filled with dangers that cause serious accidents and injuries. These injuries are sending thousands of people to the hospital emergency room every year.
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When a vehicle defect causes a car accident, the car dealership that sold the car can be held responsible for property damages and injuries that occur.

Beware: Vehicle Defects Pose Injury Risks

Whether purchasing a new car or a used car, the car may have defective parts. The risks are considerably higher in used cars due to high mileage, wear-and-tear, older parts, and reconditioned parts. Depending on the type of vehicle, the vehicle’s age, and the seller, it’s important to understand the risks of defective parts that contribute to serious driving accidents.

Most drivers are aware of accident risks on
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Under premises liability laws, a property owner may be held liable for injuries that occur on the property, unless the delivery driver is covered by workers’ compensation insurance through an employer.

Delivering Packages May be Dangerous

Delivery drivers who work for big companies like Amazon, FedEx, and UPS spend up to 10 hours a day delivering packages to homes, offices, retail stores, and warehouses. As well as facing daily risks of traffic accidents while on the road, delivery drivers also face various dangers making daily deliveries.

Amazon delivery drivers have strenuous delivery schedules and daily delivery quotas that increase their
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Personal injury cases often result in settlement offers made by insurance companies. Insurance claims adjusters investigate injury claims to determine how the accident occurred, the fault for the accident, and the extent of any injuries and/or damages.

Personal Injury Settlements

Personal injury claims cover a wide range of injuries caused by car accidents, slip and falls, trauma, and acts of violence. When injuries are due to the negligent actions of another person, victims are entitled to compensation for their injuries through a personal injury claim. Victims may file their lawsuit in court or negotiate a settlement award through the at-fault party’s
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