Dropped tape measure results in fatal head injury

November 4, 2014 by The Farber Law Group

hard_hat.jpgA taped measure dropped by a construction worker who was working 50 stories up in a high rise has resulted in the death of a man who was delivering sheet rock to the construction site.

The New York Post reports that Gary Anderson, 58, was killed by the 1-pound dropped tape measure. Anderson's hard hat was in his pickup truck.

This tragic construction accident highlights the importance of head protection when working or visiting construction sites.

Hard hats protect against injury on construction sites

Hard hats have been widely used at construction and industrial work places since 1938. The hats or helmets protect the head from injury from falling objects, debris, impact with other objects, and electric shock. Hard hats have proven to prevent or lessen head injuries from falling objects, falls and bumps against a protruding object.

Hard hats are designed to have 1.2 inch suspension between the helmet's shell and the worker's head so that, when struck, the blow to the head is deflected. The suspension acts as a shock absorber.

Hard hats provide important head protection and, besides protecting the skull, it protects the eyes, nose, ears, and mouth.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) the majority of fatal impact injuries on construction sites occurred to workers who were not wearing a helmet. Helmets are important safety devices for everyone who enters a construction site.

Employers are responsbile for ensuring every person on a construction site wear a safety helmet whenever there is a risk of a head injury and it is required whenever there is demolition work.

Types of hard hats

There are different types of hard hats. Class A helmets protect against impact, penetration and low-voltage electrical current. Class B helmets protect against high-volt electrical conductors. Class C helmets protect against impact and penetration only.

The life span of hard hat is typically five years depending on the wear and tear on the helmet. However, it is recommended that the suspension system be replaced every year.

Washington attorney represent construction accident victims

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in construction accidents and the family of those killed.

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Halloween Safety Tips

October 19, 2014 by The Farber Law Group

halloween accident attorney slip and fallHalloween is but a couple of weeks away and you may have already decorated your house and started helping your child shop for a Halloween costume.

Choosing a Halloween costume with safety in mind and decorating your house for the safety of little ghosts and goblins is the key to having a safe and fun Halloween.

Costumes

Choose a costume that does not have trailing fabric which can cause a child to trip. Also, check to make sure the fabric is fire-retardant and won't catch on fire if it comes into contact with a flame. Make sure that the child has visibility when wearing a mask. And, last but not least, have your child carry a flashlight or light stick while trick or treating. Retro-reflective tape can also be used to make sure child are visible.

Decorations

Be careful when placing your jack-o'-lantern if you use a real candle. Put the jack-o'-lantern in an area where little trick-or-treaters do not trip over it or come in contact with it. Consider using a flameless candle run by a battery which are a safe way to illuminate your jack-o'-lantern. While it is fun to decorate your house with a scary theme for Halloween, make sure that paths are illuminated so children don't trip over sprinklers, cracks in the walks or other hazards.

Trick-or-Treating

Make sure children are accompanied with one or more adults when trick-or-treating. Children, even those who know better, can become overly excited on Halloween and dart into traffic. We recommend supervising children until the age of 12.

Choose trick-or-treating routes that are well lit and have sidewalk. For older children, discuss the route before the children go out.

Motorists Be Ware on Halloween

Motorists are urged to be especially vigilant on Halloween and should watch for trick-or-treaters who might dart out into traffic. Be extra careful when entering and exiting driveways. Watch for children who may not be looking out for motorists even at marked crosswalks.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in pedestrian accidents and slip and fall accidents. Contact us if you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury due to the negligence of another.

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Bellevue attorney represents slip and fall accident victims

October 14, 2014 by The Farber Law Group

wet_floor2a.jpgWe have seen time and time again cases where a person goes shopping, visits a local business or visits a friend in an apartment complex and suffers a life-changing injury due to a slip and fall accident. When a slip and fall accident is caused by the property owner or management companies negligence, they can be held legally responsible for damages suffered by the injured person.

Proving a that a property owner or manager's negligence caused the slip and fall accident is not always easy. However, a personal injury attorney can help with a claim when a property owner was negligent and the victim's injuries are so severe that they required a hospital stay, physical therapy or are left permanent injury or disability.

In proving negligence, the plaintiff must:

  • Prove that the property owners failed to maintain the property in a safe manner
  • Prove the property owners created unsafe conditions which resulted in the injury
  • Prove the property owners were aware of hazards or unsafe conditions on their property but did not remedy the situation or warn others.

It is important to provide information on whether the hazardous conditions which resulted in the injury were permanent or temporary and, if they were temporary, how long the conditions existed.

Types of Slip and Fall Cases

Slip and fall cases can result from a variety of causes including:

  • Wet or slippery floors -- When a floor is freshly mopped or when they are slippery due to waxing, polishing or spills, signs should be placed which warns pedestrians of floor conditions.
  • Clutter, machinery and tools -- Store aisles and walkways around buildings and on grounds should be clear of hoses, trash, equipment, machinery, trash and other clutter which can cause a person to fall.
  • Ditches, holes and trenches -- Should be fenced and sings warning of the hazard should be placed around the hazard.
  • Loose carpet, loose tiles and uneven floors.
  • Snow and ice.
  • Uneven concrete in parking lots and sidewalks.
  • Falling objects from retail displays.
  • Escalator malfunctions.
  • Falls caused by poor lighting.

3 injured in Seattle Belltown construction accident

October 11, 2013 by The Farber Law Group

seattle_construction accident lawyerThe Seattle Fire Department's (SFD) technical rescue team helped to rescue two construction workers from a construction site at 600 Leonora Street on Thursday around 12:40pm.

According to the SFD, three construction workers were injured apparently due to a machinery malfunction. Two of the construction workers were in a pit 60 to 75 feet below ground. The construction company's crane was used in the rescue.

Two workers were taken to the hospital with ankle injuries and one worker suffered a minor head injury.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that there were 4,114 American workers killed on-the-job in private industry in 2011. Of those killed, approximately 17% were construction workers.

Leading causes of Washington construction accident injuries and deaths

Hit by an object accidents -- as construction materials are being moved around a construction site, workers can be injured when a material or piece of equipment strikes a worker. Being struck by a moving object can result in a head injury, fractures and back or neck injuries.

Slip and fall accidents are one of the causes of death in construction accidents. Slip and fall accidents are often caused by uneven walking surfaces, wet or icy floors, greasy floors or due to construction debris. Other workplace falls occur when a worker falls of a ladder or elevated structure such a scaffold. Slip and fall accidents can result in head injuries, fractures, or back injuries.

Crushing accidents are a type of accident in which a worker becomes crushed or pinned when a trench collapses or crushed by a piece of machinery or falling construction materials.

Electrocution accidents occur when a worker comes into contact with faulty wiring, downed power lines or other electrical hazards.

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Slip, trip and falls in the elderly

April 1, 2013 by The Farber Law Group

People age 75 and an older are at risk of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) due to a fall. TBIs are caused when there is a blow or jolt to the head. The number one cause of a TBI in the elderly are falls. As people age, they are at a greater risk of falling and the risk is greater with women than for men.

In the elderly, 75% of those who have fallen will fall again within the next six months.

Environmental hazards in the home are a leading cause of falls among the elderly. Throw rugs and poor lighting along with objects of everyday living can provide hazards which can make an elderly person more susceptible to falls.

Elderly people have changes to their bodies due to aging. Changes such as weakened eyesight due to cataracts, decreased muscle tone and strength as well as diminished flexibility can make them more prone to fall.

Seniors also take medications for conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure or diabetes which can have side effects, cause dizziness or make a person more unsteady.

Preventing Falls at Home


Nearly half of all falls occur at home. Take the time to fall-proof your home or the home of an elderly person you care for to prevent falls. The following steps should help:

  • Remove throw rugs or use non-skid pads to insure they do not get out of place and bunched up, causing a falls.
  • Remove things from the floor that can cause a person to trip such as books, shoes, newspapers and clothes.
  • Store frequently used items where they are easily retrieved and not in high places where a step stool, chair or ladder would be required to reach them.
  • Install grab bars in the bathroom.
  • Install non-slip bathmats in the shower and tub.
  • Make sure the home is well lit and light bulbs are replaced.
Fall prevention classes can help the elderly identify causes of fall. Exercise is important as one ages to keep muscle mass, maintain one's balance as well as strength and agility.

Falls in Public Places

bellevue slip, trip and fall lawyerHalf of all falls that elderly people experience are in places where they shop and or do business. Businesses owe a duty to anyone who visits to prevent accidents by keeping their property in good repair, providing adequate lighting and keeping the property free of dangerous or hazardous conditions.

In some cases, a property owner is liable for injuries a person suffered due to a fall. To provide liability in a premise liability case, the fall victim would need to show:

Preventing spinal cord injuries

March 12, 2013 by The Farber Law Group


Motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries, violence and falls are the most common causes of spinal cord injury which can result in various level of impairment.

When the spinal cord or spinal nerves are injured, a person can experience having problems with sensation, strength or permanent paralysis.

In many cases, spinal cord injuries can be prevented, whether it is avoiding a risky behavior or taking precautions when doing everyday activities.

Motor vehicle accidents


Car accidents are a leading cause of spinal cord injuries but using a seatbelt every time one drives, goes a long way in preventing a spinal cord injury. Children should always be placed in a age-appropriate child seat or booster. Drivers should also avoid drinking and driving or using drugs and driving.

Sports injuries

snowboarding.jpgSports injuries are a leading cause of spinal cord injuries. It is important that children receive proper coaching in many sporting activities such as gymnastics and football.

In other sporting endeavors such as motor biking, skiing or snowboarding, the participant should make sure they have the proper equipment such as wearing a helmet. Participants should also use caution when participating in these activities including staying on marked trails and not skiing or riding beyond one's ability.

If a concussion is suspected, the person should not return to their sport until cleared by a physician.

Falls

Falls are a leading cause of spinal cord injuries and fractures, especially in the elderly and frail. People are warned to use step stools or ladders to reach objects in high places to prevent falls. The elderly should also "fall proof" their home but removing extraneous rugs, installing handrails and have proper lighting.

Seeking help for the injured person

It is important that after an accident, proper medical care be administered. A secondary injury could occur if the injured person is moved without proper support. If person loses consciousness, has severe pain in the back, neck or head, suffers from paralysis or weakness in the extremities or loses bowel or bladder control, call 9-1-1 immediately and do not move the person.

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March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

March 4, 2013 by The Farber Law Group

The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) has launched its 2013 Brain Awareness campaign. The BIAA is the oldest and largest brain injury advocacy organization and advances brain injury prevention, research, treatment and education about brain injury in hopes of improving the quality of life for people who have suffered a brain injury.

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) affect 7 million people every year and an injury can change a person's ability to do many things. In an instant, a brain injury can change a person's life and change the life of their family. An accident leading to a brain injury can happen at any time and in any place.

A brain injury occurs when there is a blow to the head, a jolt to the head or if an object penetrates the skull. While not every blow to the head or jolt causes a TBI, medical care should be sought if any the symptoms listed below appear. If the person is on blood thinner medication, then one should err on the side of caution and seek medical care regardless of whether symptoms present immediately.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is the leading cause of disability and death in Americans between the ages of 1 and 44 years of age. Whether the brain injury is caused by a car accident, a sports-related concussion, or a fall, a brain injury can change the trajectory of a person's life.

While a brain injury is not something one can see, it can cause a whole slew of deficits including:
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  • short term memory loss
  • visual sensitivity
  • balance problems
  • paralysis
  • sensory changes
  • cognitive and problem-solving deficits
  • visual problems
  • sensory problems including the sense of smell and taste
After a brain injury, the injured person sometimes becomes like a different person. While the family grieves for the loss of the person that they knew, they also try to support the brain injured person. Often, even a person with a mild brain injury can suffer headaches, depression and sleep walking. Sometimes victims withdraw from society as they are unable to cope with sensory overload.

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Homeowners Insurance Can Pay in a Personal Injury Lawsuit

January 31, 2013 by The Farber Law Group

For obvious reasons, it’s hard to predict an event that would lead you to file a personal injury lawsuit. Generally you’re a cautious person and you don’t go looking for trouble, so you never expected such a severe injury. But just because you're cautious doesn't mean everyone you come in contact with will be.

Even the most careful individuals can get in accidents. Maybe it's because you went to a neighbor's house to return a piece of misdelivered mail. When the rotten steps leading to his door collapsed, you broke your ankle. Maybe a neighborhood dog got out of its fence, came to your yard and severely bit you on the leg. Maybe you were out walking after a snowstorm and a property owner along the way neglected to clear his sidewalk, causing you to slip and break an arm.

Now you’re hurt and you’re facing a long list of expenses, just starting with a visit to the emergency room. Even if you're not hospitalized, you'll have to miss several days of work. Plus you might need surgery down the road, maybe even rehabilitation. Maybe you’re a construction worker and you’re going to require months of physical therapy for your broken ankle. Maybe you’ve experienced severe scarring from the dog bite and are worried that will hurt your modeling career.

It’s all because of someone else’s negligence or poor planning that you’re going to lose so much money. At this point, you feel that you have no choice but to pursue a lawsuit. Few people really want to go that route. And it's only natural for you to worry about how the responsible party is going to come up with the money to make things right for you.

However, if the person accountable for the accident has home insurance, he or she might have some help when it comes to paying for your many expenses. It goes without saying that most homeowners have home insurance – mortgage companies require it in nearly every circumstance. If the responsible party has standard home insurance, part of the coverage typically included in his or her policy could qualify them for help if you decide to sue.

Personal liability protection is reserved for exactly this type of scenario. It makes the policyholder eligible to file a claim when facing a lawsuit. If you’ve slipped and fallen on a person’s property or been bitten by his or her dog or some other scenario involving negligence, the homeowner might be able to compensate you using insurance. Liability protection can be used for legal defense fees, as well.

How much coverage is available? It depends. Typical home insurance policies generally allot $100,000 in coverage for each claim occurrence. For the average person, that’s not a small amount of money. Some homeowners might have even higher coverage limits – up to $500,000 – that will qualify them for additional claim money. Some might even have purchased an umbrella policy – separate coverage that will kick in once personal liability limits are reached. Umbrella policies start with $1 million limits, and homeowners can purchase as much as $5 million in coverage.

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Avoid falls while hanging Christmas lights

December 9, 2012 by The Farber Law Group

Last night, I ran into a friend who is an orthopaedic surgeon here in the Seattle area. I asked him if he was treating a lot of ski accident injuries now that we have snow in the local mountains. He said that some of the most serious accident cases he has treated of late is from people who suffered a fall while hanging Christmas lights.

He said that several patients suffered shattered ankles after falling from a roof or ladder and that these injuries, while they can be repaired, will affect the person for the rest of their life. Others suffer traumatic brain injuries, back injuries and fractures.

It is estimated that nearly 90,000 people seek care in an emergency room every year due to a ladder accident and 3,000 people are injured while hanging Christmas lights. Even a fall from a one-story house means a fall from 10' to 12' which can result in a serious injury.

falls and premise liability attorneySome recommendations for fall prevention include:

  • Have someone support the ladder, a spotter.
  • Avoid stretching too far while on the ladder.
  • Make sure your ladder can hold your weight.
  • Avoid using the top ladder step.
  • Avoid distractions such as phone call.
  • Hang your lights during daylight hours.
  • Avoid hanging lights while it is snowing or icy so you don't slip.
  • Never hang over the roof edge to hang lights.
  • Make sure your avoid alcohol while hanging lights.
  • Hire a professional!

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Student dies after from Western Washington University residence hall window

April 16, 2012 by The Farber Law Group

A Western Washington University (WWU) has died from a fall from a window of Nash Hall, a residence dorm, around 9:45am this morning reports the Bellingham Herald.

According to the report, the 18-year-old student initially survived the fall but died of his injuries.

Police are investigating the fall as a suicide.

Over the past 25 years, falls at the University of Washington and Washington State University (WSU) have been the site of tragic falls leading to death or severe injury. Falls at Washington's universities have claimed the lives of at least six students in the past 25 years.

The common denominator of many of the falls has been male student between the age of 18 and 21 and often alcohol has been a factor. However, at this point, we do not know the details of what happened at WWU.

Every year when parents send their young adult children to college, they are both proud and full of apprehension. Students are often away from home for the first time in their young lives and face many challenges including academics, meeting new people, and partying.

Suicide by students are not uncommon events. In fact, suicide is the second leading cause of death amongst college age people. Often times, suicide is an impulsive act but other times the victim's intentions are unclear and their impulse control may have been diminished due to alcohol.

Whatever the cause of this student's fall, the pain to the family is unfathomable and our sympathies are with them.

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Premise liability and slip and fall accidents

January 18, 2012 by The Farber Law Group

It's cold outside and there are a few inches of the white stuff on the ground in Seattle, Bellevue and throughout the Pacific Northwest. Many people are hunkered down waiting for the storm to pass but others have to go to work, go out to pickup up groceries or medications and for others, cabin fever can drive one to get out and about.

Walking on snow and ice can be dangerous, however, and a person has the potential to slip and fall. While slipping on an icy driveway may be funny in a cartoon or in a YouTube video, fall injuries are one of the leading causes of death among the elderly.
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We often get calls this time of year after someone has slipped and fallen and suffered a serious injury. Moderate injuries include bumps and bruises but more serious injuries include fractures to knees, hips and ankles. And, the most dangerous injury of all is a traumatic brain injury which is fatal in 46% of falls among the elderly.

Often people wonder if the property owners has legal obligations in the case of an injury when a person slips on an icy sidewalk, parking lot or place of business. They wonder if the property owner has a duty to remove snow and lay down deicer.

Who is at fault for slips and falls on an icy or unshoveled sidewalk?
The truth of the matter is that the statutory laws can vary from city to city and homeowners may have a different standard than business owners or municipalities. That's why it is a good idea to contact an experienced slip and fall attorney who can evaluate the merits of your case. An experienced personal injury will research the various municipal codes and will ask some important questions such as:

  • Where did the accident happen?
  • Was the property initially shoveled and de-iced?
  • Was snow falling?
  • What was the time period between the end of snow fall and the fall?

Answers to these questions as well as other factors can help in determining whether negligence on the part of the property owner was responsible for your slip and fall accident.

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If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a slip and fall accident, the slip and fall accident lawyers at The Farber Law Group are there to help. We have more than 30 years experience in representing people with their premise liability and slip, trip and fall accident claims.

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What is a Personal Injury Claim?

November 5, 2011 by The Farber Law Group

A personal injury is any kind of accident where you are injured. If you have an accident and feel another party is at fault, you may decide to file what is called a personal injury claim in order to be compensated for damages that may occur from medical or emotional costs associated with the accident.

There are many types of personal injury claims, and while you can file a personal injury claim for just about anything, the most common types of claims are those that involve car accidents, work related injuries, slip and fall accidents, accidents in your home and holiday accidents. Others include product liability claims such as when you are injured from a defective product that you have purchased.

When you file a personal injury claim, you are asked to describe the accident, and provide a dollar amount that you think is suitable compensation. This can include medical and dental bills, money lost due to time missed from not being able to work, or even emotional damage if you can prove your accident caused you emotional or psychological stress.

While filing a personal injury claim seems like a straightforward process, it’s actually very complex and often a controversial topic, with many politicians and attorneys calling for caps on the amount that someone can receive due to a personal injury claim.

If you think you have been in an accident that is clearly the fault of some other party whether it is a business, company or another person, you have the right to file such a claim. The best thing to do first is to note all of your injuries and keep good records of every step of your process. If you have seen a medical doctor, keep good records of the diagnosis.

You will probably find navigating the system on your own challenging and frustrating, and in this case, you may need to hire a personal injury lawyer to give you advice on what to do next, how much your case is worth in damages, and any providing you with any other necessary information to make the process of filing a personal injury claim run smoothly.

If you are hurt in any type of accident, you should not just sit idly by if someone else is clearly at fault. A personal injury claim can make sure that you receive the proper compensation for your accident.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have serious personal injuries due to the negligence of another.

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Proving Who is at Fault in a Slip and Fall Accident

November 5, 2011 by The Farber Law Group

Having a slip and fall accident is not an uncommon occurrence; thousands of people slip and fall every single year due to all kinds of causes. It can be a work related injury, to falling on ice in front of someone’s house, or even falling down a flight of stairs at a friend’s house.

slip_and_fall.jpgHow do you know who is responsible if you have a slip and fall accident? If you have been injured in an accident of this type, you should first keep in mind that falls happen, and are a part of normal life. If you are going to file a personal injury claim for a slip and fall accident, you have to first prove that the party you are suing is responsible for negligence in some way. This can mean that they didn’t shovel their sidewalk, or something spilled in a business location and it was not cleaned up right away and there was no notification that a fall was a possibility. If you fall on someone else’s property because you tripped over drainage grates for example, which are necessary and serve a purpose, the homeowner probably cannot be held liable since there is no negligence on their part to clean that up.

A property owner is not responsible if someone trips over something that they should know is there. For example simply falling down stairs is not negligence; this is a case of not watching where you are going. We all need to look where we step.

Of course, homeowners and property owners need to keep up their property. Proving a personal injury claim in a slip and fall accident can be difficult and murky at best; you will have to have some proof that the owner of the property where you fell failed to do something that would have prevented your fall. Clearing branches, wiping up spills, or dealing with weather related issues like snow or ice are all things that the owner could be held responsible for. If you fall because you weren’t paying attention to where you were going, you’re probably not going to have much of a case.

In short, slip and fall accidents happen, and if someone could have prevented it and failed to, they should be held responsible. If you simply failed to watch out for yourself, you should have to incur all damages yourself.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured due to a slip, trip or fall accident.

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Boy suffers head injury when TV falls at motel

October 26, 2011 by The Farber Law Group

A one-year-old boy suffered a serious head injury when a TV fell off of a motel room dresser and fell on top of him.

According to a report on Fox news, the boy was playing with his brothers in their room when they bumped a dresser that the TV was on and it toppled on him. The boy is in critical condition at Primary Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake.

TV tip-over accidents are more common than one might think. The Consuper Product Safety Commission estimates that at least 180 people were killed between 2000 and 2006 when furniture or TV toppled over them. In 2006 alone, there were 16,300 injuries to children under the age of six in tip-over accidents. In 2008, the CPSC published Instability and Tipover of Appliances, Furniture and Televisions: Estimated injuries and Reported Fatalities. The CPSC children often suffer catastrophic brain injuries or are suffocated in these accidents.

The CPSC recommends that TVs and furniture be secured to the wall to avoid tipover accidents as these accidents typically occur when children climb onto furniture or appliances or when a TV is perched on a piece of furniture that was not designed for it.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in slip, trip and fall accidents and the family of those who have been killed.

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NFL football players sue over brain injuries

August 21, 2011 by The Farber Law Group

In Washington state, youth sports have received notice about traumatic brain injuries with the "Lystedt Concussion Law for Student Athletes." The law, which is named after Zackery Lystedt, a middle school football player who returned to a football game after a concussion and suffered a serious brain injury, requires concussion training for those involved in student athletics and also requires a player be removed from a game if a concussion is suspected. In addition, the student athlete with a suspected concussion can not return to play until examined by a medical professional.

football_brain_injury.jpgNow, six former NFL football players and one active player are taking on the NFL with a potential class-action lawsuit claiming that the NFL did not treat players for concussions and for not divulging the association between football, concussions and traumatic brain injuries. In another lawsuit, 75 retired NFL players filed suit against the NFL and Riddell, the NFL's official helmet supplier, saying the NFL knew that concussions were harmful but that they hid the knowledge from the players, coaches and trainers.

The Concussions Committee of the NFL generally denies that there is a connection between brain disease and concussions however a National Health survey shows an increase in symptoms of permanent brain injury in retried football players and this is attributed to concussion injuries.

The players say that they were instructed to "lead with their heads" and were not removed from play even after they suffered four, five or six concussions.

The players are seeking funds to provide both medical care including diagnostic screening tests and funds to care for players who are so severely injured that they are unable to work. They are also seeking a change in football with safer helmets and changes to "head-down" tackling practices.

Retired football players suffer from various brain injuries which they say are related to taking big hits during their football. One player complains of walking around in a fog. Other players suffer from pre-mature dementia and Traumatic Encephalopathy, a neurodegenerative disease with symptoms including dementia, memory problems, Parkinson-like symptoms, speech problems, unsteady gait and behavioral problems.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have suffered a serious traumatic brain injury from car accidents, bicycle accidents, sporting accidents or slip, trip and fall accidents. With our help, you may recover compensation for your damages.

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Bed falls a serious problem for nursing home residents

August 18, 2011 by The Farber Law Group

We came across an article today from New Zealand today that had figures from their state Accident Compensation Corporation that found that 7,600 people are injured every year due to falling out of bed. While the majority of people who fall out of beds are small children and the elderly, 23% of those injured were people between the ages of 25 and 64.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports that every year over 400,000 are injured so seriously that they require hospital admission. For the frail elderly, a bed fall can result in a broken hip or a head trauma which can be very a serious injury and can even result in death.

Falls are a particular problem in nursing homes where as many as 3 out of 4 residents fall every year and often residents suffer an average of a couple of falls per year.

Nursing home falls can be caused by muscle weakness and problems with gait (24%); environmental hazards including wet floors, poor lighting, incorrect bed height (16-27%),; medications that affect the nervous system, and other problems such as when moving a patient from bed to chair, poorly fitting shoes and improper use of canes and walkers.

Most nursing homes have fall prevention plans including:

  • assessing patients for their fall risk
  • educating staff
  • implementing exercise programs which can increase a patient's strength, balance and ability to walk and function
  • reviewing medications and minimizing use where appropriate
  • improving the nursing home environment by making sure there is adequate lighting, raised toilet seats, handrails in hallways, etc
  • installing fall alarms which can alert staff when an at-risk patient is trying to get out of bed without help

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent victims of nursing home neglect and their families.

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Elevator accident injures 22 when elevator falls 3 floors

May 19, 2011 by The Farber Law Group

22 construction workers were injured when the freight elevator they were riding in fell four floors in the Bed, Bath & Beyond building in Chelsea, New York.

According to a report on ABC News, the elevator malfunctioned and fell from the fourth floor to the basement. A spokesman for the Department of Buildings said the cause of the malfunction was a defective brake. The building owner was issued a citation for failing to maintain the elevator.

In what must have been a terrifying accident, none of the injured suffered life-threatening injuries. However, 22 of the workers suffered "whiplash-like" injuries in the fall according to The New York Times.

States regulate the safety of elevators, escalators, moving walks and dumbwaiters and prescribe an inspection schedule. WAC 296-96-00650 prescribes the elevators rules in Washington.

Whiplash injuries are a common injury suffered in car accidents. It refers to the hyperflexion/hyperextension injury or "cervical strain/sprain." It is caused when the head snaps backwards and the movement of the neck is greater than the normal range of motions of the neck muscles.

A whiplash injury can be very serious and require treatment over a period of time. In some cases, this healing process can take six months or more.

The injured construction workers in this accident might very well have a legitimate negligence claim against the building owner since the building owner was cited. They would be well-advised to obtain the counsel of a personal injury attorney.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in construction accidents and slip/trip/fall accidents and the family of those killed.

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Kindergarten teacher award $1.5M award for slip and fall accident

April 19, 2011 by The Farber Law Group

The Arizona Court of Appeals upheld the $1.5 million damage award to a kindergarten teacher who sued BCI Coca-Cola for damages after a slip, trip and fall accident in a grocery store.

The unidentified teacher had a serious spinal cord injury as a result of a fall caused by water on the floor that had leaked from a BCI Coca-Cola refrigerator. The victim had to have surgery on a herniated disk and suffers from lingering and chronic pain.

The court found the BCI Coca-Cola Bottling liable for the accident because service records showed that the refrigerator had been leaking for two years before the accident.

The teacher's attorneys showed the jury a surveillance tape of the accident and were able to share with the jury how debilitating the injuries are.

This may seem like a huge award to some. However, it is not out-of-line due to the severity of a spinal column injury.

A slip, trip or fall accident falls under the category of "premise liability." Premise liability finds that a property owner or person who operates a business is responsible for injuries by a person on their premises if they failed to maintain their property in a safe condition. This can include wet and slippery floors, inadequate lighting, cracked sidewalks, etc.

For more information see, "Washington injury attorney explains "slip, trip and fall"

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We have more than 30 years experience representing people with serious personal injuries due to slip, trip and fall accidents.

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$1.5 Million Verdict Won by Tucson Attorneys Against BCI Coca-Cola for Slip and Fall Accident Affirmed by Arizona Court of Appeals

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Seattle college student dies in Boston roof top fall

April 18, 2011 by The Farber Law Group

The Seattle Times reports that Justin Amorratanasuchad, 21, of Seattle, died when he slipped and fell at least four stories from a Boston rooftop while working on a film project. The fatal accident occurred at a building at 610 Columbus Avenue. Amorrantanasuchad apparently did not live in the building.

Amorratanasuchad was a junior at Emerson College and a graduate of Ballard High School in Seattle. Many describe him as a dedicated and hard working student.

In the wake of the death, city officials are urging property owners to safeguard roof access for safety sake's. One Boston newspaper, however, reported that it appeared that the roof access had been locked down but that the lock had been tampered.

It is a tragic to lose a vital young man in such an accident. Our condolences go out to his family.

Over the years, the University of Washington (UW) and Washington State University (WSU) have also had their share of tragic fall accidents. The Seattle Police report that there have been 6 deaths and 5 severe injuries due to falls at dorms and fraternities at UW in the past 25 years. Click here to see the chronology of accidents at UW.

This information was brought to you by Washington Injury Attorney, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured due to the negligence of others. We also represent families who are entitled to bring a wrongful death action when someones negligence caused the death of a family member. While these cases are difficult to negotiate through the court system, The Farber Law Group has more than 30 years experience in handling wrongful death cases.

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Hansville man dies after fall in Bremerton tree trimming accident

January 7, 2011 by The Farber Law Group

The North Kitsap Herald reports that Aaron Bjorn Waag, 28, of Hansville, died after falling at least 70 feet from a boom crane hook as he worked cutting branches from several tall fir trees.

According the report, Waag was working at a property off Rocky Point Road NW in Bremerton when the 10:30am accident occurred.

First responder administered CPR and Waag was taken to Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton where he was pronounced dead.

The cause of the accident is under investigation by the Department of Labor and Industries bit it appears that that Waag's climbing harness became detached from the boom hook.

Waag worked in his family's business, Waag Tree Service.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We are a Seattle personal injury law firm representing construction accident victims and their families.

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