Premises Liability

Accidents on Cruise Ships

Posted by on Aug 26, 2015 in Personal Injury, Premises Liability

Cruise ships are becoming more and more popular, promising passengers with the most luxurious travelling experience. That’s why these vessels carry as much as 4,000 people in each trip, taking them to different exotic destinations while providing as much comfort and luxury through different amenities. Today’s cruise lines offer a variety of facilities rivaling that of five-star hotel chains. Usually, cruise ships include cinemas, casinos, bars, restaurants, salons, spas, sports facilities, as well as swimming pools and water slides.

While these amenities provide passengers plenty of opportunities for entertainment and relaxation, it’s important to take note of certain risks commonly associated with cruise ships. As with anything, there’s no way to fully predict when an accident might happen on board. It would be better for passengers to be made aware of the different accidents that could happen on cruise ships and prepare for any mishap that may arise. With more than 20 million people opting to travel via cruise ships, it’s crucial that accidents are properly documented and that safety precautions to prevent such accidents are outlined clearly.

The most common accidents on cruise ships include slip and fall accidents, plus those that happen in water slides, wave pools, swimming pools, and other facilities that may be poorly maintained. Other dangers passengers should be aware of include food poisoning, nanovirus outbreaks, and the threat of physical or sexual assault due to negligent security staff and improper safety protocols.

In this regard, legal experts are quick to point out that cruise ship passengers should not hesitate to take appropriate action if the worst does happen during their time on board. It’s important that these cruise lines are always held accountable for the injuries and damages caused to passengers and their property. Passengers that experience accidents and other untoward incidents during their vacation can visit a cruise ship lawyer website to see which ways these issues can be handled.

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Preventing Workplace Toxic Exposure

Posted by on Mar 11, 2015 in Health, Premises Liability

There have been thousands of instances where an employer has been held liable for exposing their employees to unnecessary risk in the workplace, but they never seem to learn. Workers in demolition, clean-up, mining, and construction companies are especially vulnerable to toxic exposure by the materials they handle and the dust they breathe in.

Toxins are all around us. They are in our homes and schools. Toxic substances occur naturally or are produced artificially and released into the air we breathe and the water we drink. They permeates the meat and vegetables that we eat because they are present in the soil as well. Generally, however, the level of exposure is minimal. While this is not usually good, it is not enough to cause injury or death. However, industrial exposure is different because the volume and frequency of contact is higher.

Toxic exposure can result from skin contact, ingestion, or inhalation. The most recognizable type of toxin is asbestos, but there are other types of toxic exposure. They may not have such a high profile, but they are just as dangerous, such as such as coal fly ash.

One such incident involved cleanup workers at the Kingston Fossil Plant in Tennessee. The workers filed suit against their employer for misleading them about the dangers of fly ash and failing to provide the necessary safety equipment. According to the website of Pohl & Berk LLP, such exposure can have long term effects on the health of workers which could easily be prevented by providing the proper training and gear when handling such toxic materials.

If you have been seriously harmed from toxic exposure in the workplace, your employer is probably liable for it. Contact a reliable toxic exposure lawyer in your state to find out how you can get compensation for your injuries and losses.

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Proving Fault in a Slip and Fall Accident

Posted by on Oct 30, 2013 in Personal Injury, Premises Liability

Slip and fall injuries are a common occurrence; they are currently the second leading cause of physical injuries in the United States. It may be hard to determine when a person or establishment is legally liable to the injuries that occurred after a slip and fall, therefore proving negligence on the part of the property owner is important in winning a personal injury suit or a premises liability case.

As stated in an article from Pohl & Berk, LLP, slip and fall falls under “premises liability” which holds the property owner liable for any injuries that occur because of their negligence to the physical and environmental hazards on their property. If the property owner has not provided any warning signs or has intentionally made the conditions that can lead to slip and fall accidents, then they can be legally implicated for their actions (or inactions). This is because the dangerous condition that led to the slippery floor existed on the property and was not taken care of, leading to an individual sustaining an injury as a result. More on how this works in the following paragraph.

According to www.jeffsampsonlaw.com, for the injured person, proving fault is necessary in order to win the case against the property owner. The injured person should establish three important factors: one, that the property owner made the dangerous conditions possible for the accident, two, that he or she did not make any attempt to fix or correct the dangerous conditions, or three, that the dangerous conditions have been present for a significant amount of time for the property owner to notice but have not taken any action. If these factors can be proven, then the property owner should be held accountable for their faults.

The amount of compensation can be affected by factors such as the carelessness of the injured person. If they have acted recklessly and have a part in the slip and fall accident, then the amount of compensation can be significantly reduced. Investigating the incident is necessary in order to get the right amount of compensation. Getting help and advice from a lawyer who specializes in these cases could help guarantee a positive outcome.

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