What Should You Do if You Slip and Fall in a Store?

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Slipping and falling in a public place is no laughing matter. Often, the media and public like to suggest that lawsuits against public places like stores, shops, and restaurants are simply a money grab. Yet, in many cases, the victim’s injuries are real and serious. Along with the injuries being real, so are the medical bills that pile up and the lost wages that the victim must live without.

So, what should you do if you slip and fall in a store or another public place?

Immediately After a Slip and Fall

Immediately after a slip and fall, you should seek medical attention. The actions you take following the accident can influence any lawsuit you may bring against the establishment, so be sure to think things through before acting. A fall can cause you to become disoriented, and the embarrassment that ensues can make you want the ordeal to be over. However, by not seeking medical attention, you put yourself at a disadvantage if you need compensation later.

Find Witnesses

One of the most important things you can do after a slip and fall is to find potential witnesses. Be sure to get their information – name, phone number, and address – so that they can be contacted about the accident. A lawsuit against a major company can hinge on witness statements.

Fill out Paperwork

If the accident occurred in a store, restaurant or another shop, you should fill out a slip and fall accident report. You must notify the store’s manager and take any notes of the person or people you spoke with. Some managers will try to tell you that you should have been aware of the dangers before the accident happened.

A recent case in Michigan showed that not all slip and fall cases are straightforward, and a court could side against a plaintiff if the person should have known the risks ahead of time.

Get Photos

The great thing about modern technology is that many people carry a camera with them at all times, on their cell phone. Be sure to get photos of the area in which the accident occurred right away. Once you snap those images, get any pictures of injuries you incurred, as well. You should also take photos of any injuries over time as they change.

Settlement

Some stores, especially big chains, will settle out of court with victims of a slip and fall if the evidence is damning. However, some will not, if they believe the money a victim wants for compensation is exorbitant.

In February, national food chain Kroger paid $700,000 in damages after an elderly man slipped on a puddle of water in the store. Kroger had initially refused to settle out of court for $400,000, but due to the surgery, concussion injuries, and effects to the 75-year-old victim’s wife, the jury awarded him nearly double. The case took around three years to complete, so do not expect all slip and fall cases to be quick.

Flahavan Law Offices: Slip and Fall Lawyers in Ventura County & Los Angeles County

If you or a loved one has experienced a slip and fall accident and the medical expenses that come with it, contact Flahavan Law Offices. Flahavan Law Offices specializes in personal injury law and can give you advice on obtaining the compensation you deserve. Visit our dedicated page on slip and falls or contact us directly. Flahavan Law Offices is here to help with all your personal injury law needs.

What Should You Do After a Car Accident?

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According to The Los Angeles Times, 2015 saw an increase in fatalities in car crashes in California. Due to a stronger economy, more people were on the road in the Golden State, increasing the likelihood of an accident. With 14.5 million registered automobiles on the road in California in 2015, it is little surprise that car accidents are commonplace. Auto accidents can happen anytime, whether a person is behind the wheel or riding public transport. Although fatalities can result from auto accidents, many drivers and passengers walk away from accidents unharmed. Some accident victims that do not go to the hospital or seek medical attention right away, find they suffer injuries or problems later on. Injuries and medical bills can pile up in any case, and cost an accident victim dearly.

So, what can you do to prevent expenses from mounting, and what should you do immediately after a car accident? 

Medical Treatment

Following an accident, you may need to seek emergency medical treatment. Even if you do not think you need medical attention right away, you could develop pain later on, so it is important to get checked out either way. Any medical treatment or doctor’s appointments you have attended post-accident should be recorded. Keeping track of medical expenses can help you receive compensation later.

Contact Your Insurance Company

After an accident has happened, it is important for you to contact your insurance company as soon as possible. When you speak with an insurance agent, explain the accident as clearly as you can. Your insurance company needs the facts of the accident to fill in the claims form. If the information you have given does not add up – due to not being completely truthful – you can get into serious trouble down the line. An insurance company may not cover you for the accident if it finds out you lied about certain details.

Missed Workdays

In the same way medical expenses can added up, so can missed workdays. Like medical appointments and expenses, be sure to keep track of the days and wages missed from work. In addition, if you are unable to complete normal tasks, keep track of them and be sure to speak with your attorney about the changes to your daily routine. You could be compensated for disruptions to your lifestyle.

Do Not Take an Early Settlement

After the accident, it is important not to settle for a payment right away. If an insurance company offers to settle, it should raise red flags for you. Be sure to get full treatment for any injuries before accepting a settlement. Some insurance companies want to settle quickly to avoid paying more money once further treatment is needed. It is always a good idea to enlist a personal injury lawyer from Flahavan Law offices to represent you after an accident.

Flahavan Law Offices

If you or a loved one has experienced a traffic accident and the medical expenses that come after one, contact Flahavan Law Offices. Flahavan Law Offices specializes in personal injury law and can give you advice on the compensation you deserve. Visit our dedicated page on auto accidents or contact us directly. Flahavan Law Offices is here to help with all your personal injury law needs.

Negligent Drivers and Auto Accidents

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Despite the general decline in public transport use by residents of Southern California, plenty of Californians still ride buses and trains to and from their place of work each day.

Unfortunately, traveling by public transit is not always a flawless or safe experience. In the case of city buses, you are still on highways and busy roads with other automobiles. Accidents can happen when using city transit. Just like being behind the wheel of an automobile or being a passenger in a personal car, injuries or fatalities can occur.

In February, a tour bus driving through Southern California hit two oncoming cars. The auto accident killed one and injured over two dozen more. The victims of this accidents now have medical bills to pay and grieving family members left to mourn them. They can sue the company that owns the tour bus for negligence.

 What is Driver Negligence?

If a driver behaves in a careless way and has caused injury or harm to a passenger or fellow driver, he or she can be found guilty of negligence. In many auto accident cases, a driver can be seen as negligent if an accident is caused due to the person doing something they should not have done. This may include:

  • Running a red light
  • Speeding
  • Not turning on headlights at night
  • Not yielding to oncoming traffic
  • Not yielding to pedestrians

Suing for Negligence

In the case of the 26 people injured in the tour bus crash, a lawsuit can be brought against the bus company that owned the vehicle and employed the driver. The attorney for the injured (plaintiffs) will need to show that the bus driver acted without taking “reasonable care” while driving. In basic terms, the court will ask if the driver showed a reasonable amount of responsibility when driving and encountering other vehicles. Did the driver act in a “reasonable” way?

If the driver does not meet the criteria of what a “reasonable” person should have done on the road, then he or she may be found negligent, as well as his or her employer.

Were Injuries Caused by the Bus Driver?

The 26 passengers involved with the tour bus accident must prove that their injuries were caused by the bus driver. If one of the passengers received a broken arm in the accident, then that passenger must prove that it was the negligence of the driver that caused the injury in order to recover for that injury. On the other hand, if someone that was involved with the tour bus accident already had a broken arm, and it wasn’t injured further, that person would not be able to recover for that broken arm.

 Can a Victim Receive Compensation?

A passenger on the bus that broke his or her arm may be entitled to compensation for the injury. If the passenger has missed work or is unable to fulfill a regular daily responsibilities, compensation may be granted.

 In the coming weeks, we will take a further look at driver responsibility.

 Flahavan Law Offices: Injury Lawyers Ventura County and Los Angeles County

 If you or a loved one has experienced a traffic accident in Ventura County or Los Angeles County associated with driver negligence and the medical expenses that come after it, contact Flahavan Law Offices. Flahavan Law Offices specializes in personal injury cases and can give you advice on achieving the compensation you deserve. Visit our dedicated page on bus accidents or contact us directly. Flahavan Law Offices is here to help with all your personal injury law needs.

What Should You Do After a Dog Bite?

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Dog bites should not be taken lightly. Not only can a dog bite become infected, it can cause long-term health problems and expensive medical bills. A dog bite can also have psychological effects on a person. Moreover, there is no guarantee the dog will not strike again.

What do you do after a dog has bitten you? There are several steps you can take after a dog bite to ensure your health will not be greatly affected and that you get the compensation you deserve.

Seek Medical Attention

The types of injuries caused by a dog bite vary, but in extreme cases the victim may die after being attacked by a canine. Regardless of how serious a dog bite is, you should always seek medical attention afterwards. If the skin was broken by the dog’s teeth, the likelihood of a dog bite infection is high. Get yourself to the emergency room immediately. If the bite is severe, call 9-1-1 for medical assistance.

Treat it at Home

While it is recommended to go to the hospital after a dog bite, many California residents choose to treat dog bites at home. If you choose to do so, it is important to immediately wash the wound with soap and water. Washing the wound will eliminate bacteria in and around the area. It may not stop an infection, however, which is why a trip to the emergency room is a good idea.

Report the Dog to the Authorities

After seeking medical attention, it is important to contact the local health department to report the animal, especially if you believe the dog to be a stray. Stray dogs can carry diseases like rabies. If you can identify the dog and its owner, you should contact animal control and the police. In California, you are entitled to compensation if the dog’s owner can be found. However, practically speaking, they will most likely need to be covered by their homeowners insurance policy.

In some cases, drastic steps must be taken following a bite. In Concord, California, police recently shot a dog after it bit a 10-month-old baby.

Take Photos

Once you have reported the incident, make sure you take photographs of the wound. These can be used by your attorney to prove the severity of the damage.

Contact a Personal Injury Attorney

Due to the medical expenses and trauma a dog bite can inflict on a victim, it is important to contact a personal injury attorney. A personal injury attorney can get you a settlement that takes care of potentially extensive medical expenses.

In Fremont, California postal workers are being trained to prevent dog bites that would otherwise put them out of work.

Flahavan Law Offices

If you or a loved one has experienced a dog bite, contact Flahavan Law Offices. Flahavan Law specializes in personal injury law and can give you advice on avhieving the compensation you deserve. Visit our dedicated page on dog bites or contact us directly. Flahavan Law Offices is here to help with all your personal injury law needs.

What Are The Signs of Elderly Abuse?

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According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), one in 10 Americans over 60 years old has experienced elderly abuse. Some experts believe that around five million people over the age of 60 are abused each year. Of course, there are different types of abuse elder persons can experience. These forms of abuse include:

  • Physical,
  • Sexual,
  • Emotional,
  • Confinement, and
  • Financial exploitation.

With the United States’ population continuing to grow older, more and more elderly people find themselves being cared for by others. Due to the amount of time caregivers and elderly patients spend together, abuse is something that occurs more than many would like to believe.

But what are the signs of elderly abuse?

Emotional Abuse

Elderly abuse is often hidden and not apparent on the surface. This can be due to the pressure that has been exerted on some individuals to keep quiet. A caregiver could pressure an individual into making decisions, especially financially, that would benefit the caregiver. According to the Miami Herald, when elderly people suffer from memory loss it could lead to financial exploitation. Pressuring an individual can be seen through bullying, belittling, or threatening someone. These behaviors all fall under emotional abuse, and can cause an elderly individual great harm; especially if memory loss is present.

Signs of Emotional Abuse:

  • Fear
  • Depression
  • Low self-esteem
  • Confusion
  • Loneliness

 Financial Abuse

When an elderly individual is abused financially, the signs may be obvious but it can still be difficult to convince the person that the abuse is occurring. According to reports, financial abuse of elderly people is growing, and the reason why may have to do with individuals trusting caregivers. This trust can be misplaced, resulting in coercion by the caregiver. In some cases, an elderly person’s property may go missing, or bank accounts and credit cards may be drained. If bank accounts have large unexplained withdrawals made, then there is a good chance financial abuse has taken place.

 Signs of Financial Abuse

  • Missing belongings
  • A lack of money for basic needs: food, rent, etc.
  • Property transfer
  • Anxiety, fear, or stress

Physical Abuse

Physical abuse can often be quite noticeable. Yet, getting the truth from a victim who has been pressured and bullied by a caregiver can be difficult. In many cases, the elderly individual will not be able to explain the reason for the accident that caused the bruising, cuts, or other visible marks on their bodies. Currently, Tennessee is working on a bill to stop elderly abuse. The state hopes to increase penalties for those found guilty of the crime.

Signs of Physical Abuse

  • Pain
  • Restricted movement
  • Accidents individuals cannot explain
  • Injuries or bone breaks that cannot be explained
  • Over or under use of medication or sedatives

Flahavan Law Offices – Ventura County Elderly Abuse Attorney

If you or a loved one has experienced elderly abuse, contact Flahavan Law Offices. Flahavan Law Offices specializes in personal injury law and can give you advice on what to do next. Visit our dedicated page on elderly abuse or contact us directly. Flahavan Law Offices is here to help with all your personal injury law needs.