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Slip And Fall Claim

Woman Slips at Goodwill on a Cintas Mat – Why The Proper Use of Mats and Runners is Crucial

In 2012, a woman, age 83, was shopping in Goodwill when she pushed a cart over a floor mat at one of the cash registers. The Mat turned up and buckled causing her to trip and fall over it. She sustained serious and permanent injuries due to the fall. The company, Cintas, owned the mats and was hired by Goodwill to place the mats, choose the locations of the mats and maintain the mats condition. Glisson Law represented the injured individual and successfully settled the case in our client’s favor.

Mats and runners are used to prevent slip and falls in commercial and residential buildings. They have shown to be extremely beneficial if used correctly.

However, if they are not replaced periodically, put in the correct places, or stored or cleaned properly they can cause the same thing they are there to prevent.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, trip and falls account for “15% of all accidental deaths.” It is the “2nd leading cause [of accidental death] behind motor vehicles”.

Many of these slip and falls, however, could have been prevented.

The American National Standard Institute put together a list of crucial things to constantly keep in mind about mats and runners to keep your customers safe.

Location

Floor mats and/or runners…shall be at building entries and in areas where it may be foreseen that operations may encounter contaminants on floor surfaces that are not considered sufficiently slip resistant.

General Design

…When selecting mats, consideration should be given to the slip resistance properties of the backing (to prevent sliding of the mat) and height profile (to reduce the potential for tripping).

Mat Installation

Mats and runners shall be installed and maintained not to move when in use. Mats and runners without slip resistant backing can be hazardous to users. While all mats and runners creep, they should not slide or buckle.

Mat Size

When practical, a single larger mat should be used instead of multiple smaller mats… There are fewer gaps and less potential for overlap when using a larger mat, thus reducing these potential tripping hazards.

Layout

Mats and runners shall be laid out to avoid overlap or gaps between them to provide a continuous walkway

Inspection and Maintenance

Mats and runners shall be routinely inspected.

Storage and Care

Mats and runners will be stored in a way that allows them to lie flat during use.

Cleaning and Trade-out

To maintain effective soil pickup and track control, and slip resistance, mats shall receive scheduled cleanings or tradeoff of appropriate frequency based on the conditions to which they are subject.”

If you are injured in a slip and fall get the help you deserve, today. We have worked with multiple cases just like yours. Schedule your free consultation at 618.462.1077.

 

 

Tips to Decrease Firework Injury This Fourth of July

Fireworks can be a fun and beautiful way to celebrate during the summer months. However if you don’t take caution they can become extremely dangerous.

According to the National Fire Protection Association , “In 2017, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 12,900 people for fireworks related injuries; 54% of those injuries were to the extremities and 36% were to the head. Children younger than 15 years of age accounted for more than one-third (36%) of the estimated 2017 injuries.”

Fireworks don’t only cause direct injury, they are also infamous for starting fires. In fact, “Fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires per year, including 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires, and 16,900 outside and other fires. These fires caused an average of three deaths, 40 civilian injuries, and an average of $43 million in direct property damage.”

The National Council on firework safety published some safety tips to ensure firework fun without injury!

  • “Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks
  • A responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework activities.  Never give fireworks to children.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.
  • Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
  • Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
  • Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.
  • Never relight a “dud” firework.  Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
  • Never carry fireworks in your POCKET or shoot them into METAL or GLASS containers.
  • Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
  • Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
  • FAA regulations PROHIBIT the possession and transportation of fireworks in your checked baggage or carry-on luggage.
  • Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.”

Contact a personal injury lawyer to help with Firework injury. Glisson Law has handled multiple cases involving firework injury and can help you too. Contact us at 618.462.1077. for a free consultation today.

Related: Drinking and Car Accidents

Work Zone Safety Tips

As summer picks up so does the amount of road construction going on. These few months are the busiest time of year for roadway construction.

Often times now, people are in a hurry to get where they want to go. Work zone situations can be frustrating but it is important to be patient and follow a few steps in order to maintain not only the worker’s safety but also your own and your passenger’s.

According to American Road & Transportation Builders Association there were 700 work zone fatalities and 35,526 work zone injuries in 2015. They offered a few tips to help in decreasing work zone accidents:

  • Know the work zone signs.

Look for the metal signs as well other indicators of how to pass through the zone safely such as traffic cones.

  • Pay attention to other drivers

Work zones often yield narrower lanes.

  • Stay focused.

Get rid of distractions including phones and food. Pay attention to the traffic ahead. Cars are most likely going a slower speed and break more often.

  • Expect the unexpected.

Be ready to react to things such as uneven pavement, loose gravel and work vehicles coming in and out of the zone.

  • Keep your cool. Be Patient.

Everyone seems to be in a rush these days but if there is an accident it is guaranteed to take much longer than it would have otherwise. So, keep your cool!

Get Help

If you do find yourself in a work zone accident and are in need of a personal injury lawyer contact Glisson Law at 618.462.1077.

Uber: a Safe Alternative

29 mothers, brothers, friends, husbands, and daughters are lost every single day in the United States due to drunk driving. However, according to the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, “drunk driving fatalities have declined 35%” in the last two-three decades.

Could Uber be contributing to the recent continued drop in drunk driving statistics?

Uber is a location based apps that makes getting around, without having to drive yourself, easy.

The app user types in their location and requested destination into the search bar and local drivers along with their picture and rating pop up. Once the app has paired the driver and the user the app user can see the location of the driver in route as they are making their way to them in only minutes.

Uber was founded in 2009 and since has found great success. According to Uber 15 million trips are taken each day.

Safety is a prime focus for the company and something they are always striving to increase. In fact, they are implementing many new safety features this summer.

According to Uber there will soon be a dedicated space on the app for safety information called the Safety Center. This will include safety tips, driver screenings, and insurance protections.

They also are adding Trusted Contacts, “Riders will be able to designate up to five friends and family members as Trusted Contacts, and be prompted to share trip details with them during every ride..”

Not every ride is incident free, so they are also creating an emergency button which will put you in direct contact with 911.

Here at Glisson Law we believe in creating safe streets which are free from impaired drivers. If you are in a situation that could put you or other drivers in danger, do not risk it. Take the few seconds to request an Uber.

If you or someone you know is a victim of drunk driving we can help you with a free consultation at 618.462.1077.

Seat Belt Safety: Part Two

There are many excuses we all hear from people for not wearing their seat belts. Including:

  • “Its’ uncomfortable”
  • “Seat belts wrinkle clothes”
  • “I’m a good driver”
  • “The trip is short”
  • “I forgot to put mine on”
  • “I don’t need one because my airbag would go off”

Anyone using these excuses for not using a seat belt must not know the true importance of buckling in. “I don’t need one because my airbag would go off” is an interesting excuse and here is why.

While air bags spread out the impact of an accident and protect your head from colliding with the steering wheel, they are much more useful in unison with a seat belt.

According to the New York Times, “[T]he Department of Transportation cautioned that air bags worked this well only when occupants were also wearing a properly buckled seat belt over both lap and shoulder; other studies have found that without a belt, air bags are of slight benefit.”

In fact, in some cases airbags can cause more damage rather than providing protection. They are designed to deploy in less than 1/20th of second. If the driver or passenger is too close to the airbag when it deploys, injury is possible. Wearing a seat belt insures that the driver/passenger is far enough from the airbag to avoid this.
The national Highway Traffic Safety Administration stated that the risk of serious head injury is reduced by 81 percent when an air bag is used in combination with a lap and seat belt.

Both the seat belt and the air bag are incredible inventions that have saved thousands of lives. The use of one in conjunction with the other could be pivotal to your health if ever involved in a serious accident.

Your life is worth the two seconds it takes to buckle your seat belt. Click it!

Seat Belt Safety: Part One

It is 2018 and many new features are constantly coming out to ensure driver’s safety. However, the most protective device is one that has been around since 1959: the seat belt.

When you’re driving down a highway, “Click it or Ticket” is a common sight. The use of seat belts is more than suggested, and for good reason. There are many variables you cannot control while driving but wearing a seat belt is one you absolutely can control.

Younger passengers/drivers are statistically seen to wear their seat belts less than older drivers. 90.1% of the United States do use seat belts on a regular basis but this is a number we are constantly pushing to increase. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration stated that, “Mandatory seat belt laws are in effect in 49 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Territories.”

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death among those aged 1-54 in the U.S.” However, the use of seat belts drastically decreases the death rate of drivers.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 14,668 lives were saved due to seat belts alone in 2016. Virtual Driving stated that “only 1% of passengers who were wearing a seat belt were ejected from a car during a crash.” “Seat belts reduce serious crash-related injuries and deaths by about [50%]”. That statistic alone shows how crucial a seat belt could be in an accident. You could be giving your chance of living a 50% increase.

It takes approximately two seconds to pull a seat belt over your chest, across your lap and buckle it. Yet 27.5 million people are still not using them. Why?

 

 

Safely Sharing the Road with Semis

A semi-truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and is 70-80 feet long. If involved in an accident these massive vehicles can create extensive damage. For this reason, it is important to understand the difficulties of driving a semi for those driving them and for those driving alongside them.

According to Mark Baumgartner, Writer for ABC, “Driving a truck was the most hazardous occupation in the United States last year, according to the government’s latest workplace fatality census, which also said highway accidents were the leading cause of deaths of workers in all lines of work.” “More truck drivers were fatally injured on the job, 852, than workers in any other single occupation.”

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the NHTSA estimated that, “there were approximately 120,000 fatal and injury crashes nationwide during [their] 33-month study period that involved at least one large truck.”
There are many factors that could go into causing a semi accident but the most common causes of truck accidents include Equipment failure, driving errors by the drivers, and trucking company policies. Large trucks have many parts working together to ensure it functions properly, if one malfunctions, no matter how small, the end result could be disastrous. Some of the most common driving errors include driving fatigued, overloading the truck or loading improperly, and driving under the influence. Trucking company policies such as impractical schedules pressure drivers to work long hours. The recent increase in expressed shipping has put more strain on drivers to rush their cargo to the designated location. All of these causes together create the large statistics of truck accidents per year.

The US Department of Transportation rated the top unsafe acts for drivers sharing the road with a semi-truck:

1. Driving inattentively (e.g., reading, talking on the phone, fatigue-induced)

  1. Merging improperly into traffic, causing a truck to maneuver or brake quickly
  2. Failure to stop for a stop sign or light (also, early or late through a signal)
  3. Failure to slow down in a construction zone
  4. Unsafe speed (e.g., approaching too fast from the rear/misjudging truck’s speed)
  5. Following too closely
  6. Failure to slow down in response to environmental conditions (e.g., fog, rain, smoke, bright sun)
  7. Changing lanes abruptly in front of a truck
  8. Driving in the “no zones” (left rear quarter, right front quarter, and directly behind)
  9. Unsafe turning, primarily turning with insufficient headway”

A semi has large blind spots, a 55ft turning radius and takes 40% longer than a car to reach a complete stop. It is important that those sharing the road with trucks to understand these differences and act accordingly. It is crucial that drivers stay patient, stay alert, stay out of semi’s blind spots, and pass with caution.
WWF&G has worked through many cases involving semi accidents.  If you or someone you know is involved in a trucking accident WWF&G can help. We work on a contingency basis meaning you won’t owe us anything unless we help you recover compensation.  Don’t wait to contact our office at 618.462.1077 for a free consultation

 

 

 

May is the National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

The heat is rising and so is the number of motorcyclists on the road. Because of this, May is the National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. The safety of motorcyclists relies not only on themselves but also on others on the road. It is important for all drivers to stay alert. According to The National Safety Council, “4,976 motorcycle riders and passengers died in crashes and nonfatal injuries that year totaled 88,000”.

“Motorcyclists make up only 3% of registered vehicles yet account for 13% of traffic fatalities in 2016”. Around half of motorcycle rider deaths take place in accidents involving solely the motorcyclist. It is important that the riders:

•   Never drink and ride

•   Complete a formal riding education program

•   Be fully awake

•   Drive defensively

Four wheeled vehicles hold a large responsibility in keeping motorcyclists safe as well. As a driver, it is common to not think of motorcyclists and many accidents can be caused simply because a motorcycle is smaller in size and may be in a driver’s blind spot. It is critically important for drivers to stay tuned in when driving near one. Here are a few tips to follow to ensure other drivers are aware of your presence on the road as a motorcyclist.

•   Use headlights at all times

•   Do not weave in and out of lanes

•   Drive the speed limit

•   Position your vehicle to increase visibility

•   Wear visible clothing

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “80% of all reported motorcycle crashes result in injury or death”. This statistic alone shows how crucial protective gear is:

•   Wear a full coverage helmet

•   Make sure your helmet is DOT certified which guarantees safety standards are met

•  Ensure your bike is the right size for you

•   Wear boots and gloves

We hope that awareness for motorcycling safety and tips like these diminish the amount of motorcycle accidents and the injuries/death rates that accompany them.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident do not hesitate to contact WWF&G at 618.462.1077 for a free consultation. WWF&G has handled many motorcycle cases that may be very similar to yours.

Ride safe! Your life may depend on it!

Wrongful Death Case

Types Of Compensation In Wrongful Death Cases

Families are almost always completely blindsided by fatal accidents. The death of a loved one due to the negligence of another is extremely frustrating. Families will often suffer emotionally and financially for a long time after the accident. While no amount of money can replace a loved one, obtaining compensation from a wrongful death lawsuit can help make sure the victim’s family isn’t left with any financial burdens.

Types of Compensation In Wrongful Death Cases

There are several kinds of potential compensation in wrongful death cases. Some of the most common forms of compensation awarded to the victim’s survivors include:

  • Medical Expenses – Most of the time after an accident, the victim will receive some type of emergency medical treatment before passing away. In some cases, the victim might survive for days or even weeks before passing way. Family members can seek compensation for all medical expenses incurred from the moment of the accident to the victim’s death.
  • Pain and Suffering – When victims survive an accident for some time before passing away, this often involves a significant amount of physical and mental pain and suffering. Family members can pursue compensation for their loved one’s pain and suffering before death.
  • Funeral and Burial Expenses – Even inexpensive funerals can cost several thousands dollars. If a negligent party caused a fatal accident, the victim’s family and loved ones have a right to seek compensation for costs related to the burial.
  • Lost Wages and Loss of Financial Support – If the victim of a fatal accident was the breadwinner, the surviving family will continue to suffer economic hardship. However, families can seek compensation for lost wages their loved one would have received had he or she not been killed in an accident.
  • Loss of Consortium – This type of compensation is designed to address the loss of love and companionship suffered by remaining family members. Loss of consortium can be significant for spouses and children.
  • Punitive Damages – These damages are levied in order to punish the negligent party that caused the accident.

Get Help With Your Wrongful Death Case

At The Glisson Law Firm, we understand how difficult overcoming the loss of a loved one can be. We work patiently with our clients to make sure they understand their legal rights and the steps needed to obtain compensation. If your loved one was killed in an accident, whether on the job or while visiting another’s property, don’t wait to call us to discuss your wrongful death case in a free consultation.

St. Louis Car Accident Attorney

Fatal Pedestrian Accident Puts Self Driving Vehicles On Hold

Many auto companies are developing self-driving technology. If the technology can be perfected, self-driving cars could help eliminate nearly all motor vehicle accidents. Unfortunately, in practice these vehicles still have issues to resolve, and for now one company has put its self-driving vehicles program on hold after a fatal accident with a pedestrian last week.

The popular ridesharing company Uber has been experimenting with driverless technology in several major U.S. cities. Last week, a woman was walking her bicycle across a street in Tempe, Arizona when one of Uber’s self-driving vehicles failed to stop, causing a fatal auto pedestrian accident. Uber’s self-driving vehicles are equipped with a human driver to react in cases of emergency, but unfortunately the driver was not watching the road when the accident occurred.

In response to the fatal car accident, Uber has stopped its self-driving programs in Pittsburgh, Tempe, San Francisco, and Toronto and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating the circumstances of the crash.

This is not the first time the NTSB has investigated a self-driving vehicle accident. In 2016, the agency investigated a crash involving a Tesla Model S. This vehicle is not fully autonomous, but does offer many semi-autonomous features designed to help keep drivers safe. While the NTSB determined the vehicle was not at fault for the car accident, the agency did note “overreliance on vehicle automation” was a contributing factor.

What Self-Driving Vehicles Mean For Our Roadways

While self-driving vehicles do hold the potential to prevent nearly all car accidents, the technology still needs strict oversight to ensure car accidents do not occur. When companies fail to properly monitor self-driving prototypes, everyone on the roadways is at risk. It doesn’t matter if a person or a computer is driving a car, all motor vehicles have to be driven safely and responsibly.

Until self-driving technology is improved, it will pose a risk to passengers, other motorists, and pedestrians. Luckily, most people don’t come in contact with self-driving vehicles, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other threats on the roadways. Although safety technology has come a long way, drivers remain at risk due to a number of other factors, like drunk drivers, distracted drivers, and fatigued drivers, among others.

St. Louis Car Accident Attorney

If you were injured in a St. Louis car accident, you deserve to hold the negligent party responsible. Call The Glisson Law Firm today for a free consultation to discuss your legal options.