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  • How can I avoid getting hurt in a slip and fall accident when the light is dim?

    Staying safe while trekking through stores, in restaurants, or along sidewalks can be difficult enough when lighting is bright. It’s even more challenging in the dark. Obstacles become much more treacherous; hazards are harder to see. Because of this, there should be adequate lighting provided for those who will be in the area. Failing to do so can result in an injury caused by a slip and fall accident.

    The best way to prevent a slip and fall accident caused by a low-light situation is to avoid the dark area altogether. However, you may be unaware of the dark area or obstacles that may lie within. Following are some tips you can use to avoid a slip and fall accident while in low-light situations:

    • Ask for light. If you believe the area you are in is too dimly lit for you to walk safely, ask for light. Simply let the staff know that you feel unsafe walking in the dark area and ask them to turn on additional lights.
    • Let your eyes adjust. You may find yourself in a situation where you are in a dark area and must get out. Before moving forward, take a few minutes to let your eyes adjust to the low-light condition so that you can see better.
    • Ask for an escort. To ensure your safety, you may need to be escorted through the dark area. Find someone who knows the area or has a flashlight or other light sourse to guide you to safety.

     

    If you would like to learn more about slip and fall accidents and personal injury claims in Wisconsin, follow the related links. To discuss your situation with an experienced attorney, fill out the contact form found on this page. Hupy and Abraham accepts clients across Wisconsin, Illinois, and Iowa.

  • I have developed blood clots after being injured in a slip and fall accident. Can you tell me what the types of blood thinners will be used for treatment?

    Suffering from a slip and fall accident can be very dangerous, and the injuries resulting from it can be deadly. Sadly, the initial injuries are not the only dangers that are involved. A slip and fall victim may develop blood clots while trying to heal from her initial injuries.

    Blood clots can be as deadly as—if not more deadly than—the initial injuries of the slip and fall accident. Because of this it is important to recognize the signs of a blood clot, such as swelling, pain, warmth or fatigue. It is also important to be diagnosed by your medical professional.

    If have been diagnosed with blood clots, your doctor will want to begin treatment. Most likely, as a part of your treatment, you will be prescribed an anticoagulant medication, also known as a blood thinner. Some of the common types of anticoagulants used to treat blood clots are:

    • Heparin. This form of blood thinner is very strong and fast-acting. It is typically administered through a needle in a vein but can also be given by injecting it under the skin. Its affects work almost instantly and is generally administered in a hospital setting.
    • Low-molecular-weight heparins (LMWH). LMWH is actually very similar to heparin. This form of anticoagulant is not as strong and can be taken at home through self-injection.
    • Warfarin. This anticoagulant is used as a long-term medication that is administered through pill form. It takes longer to take effect, usually five to seven days.

     

    If you have sustained injury due to a slip and fall accident it is important to seek compensation for your damages. To discuss your legal options call 800-800-5678 today.

  • Are theme park rides safe?

    Each year 297 million people visit the more than 400 U.S. theme parks. Together, they take 1.7 billion rides. The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) claims that only 1,415 injuries occur making the odds of injury less than one in 24 million. They also say that most of these injuries are minor, with few resulting in emergency room visits.

    But these statistics don’t agree with federal Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) records. According to the CPSC, about 8,800 people a year are injured on amusement park rides, 3,600 people are injured on inflatable amusement park attractions (inflatable slides and moon bounces), and 3,100 are hurt on water slides. The CPSC only counts injuries that resulted in emergency room visits.

    Amusement Park Injuries

    • Lacerations
    • Broken bones
    • Sprains and strains
    • Torn ligaments
    • Head, neck, and back injuries caused by bumper car ride crashes
    • Head, neck, and back injuries caused by spinning rides and roller coasters
    • Head injuries caused when detached objects hit a rider’s head
    • Drowning and near-drowning on water slides and other water rides
    • Brain aneurysms from fast rides
    • Traumatic brain injury caused by the g-forces of fast rides
    • Stroke caused by trauma to ligaments in the neck
    • Death from falling or being thrown from a ride

     

    The CPSC also tracks the causes of amusement park ride injuries and fatalities.

    Causes of Amusement Park Injuries

    • Mechanical failure
    • Improper operation of the ride
    • A passenger’s failure to follow instructions
    • The inherent nature of the ride

     

    The federal government regulates mobile amusement park rides. These are the rides that travel from one location to another. Fixed-site rides, like those at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, are regulated by the states. Only 28 states actually inspect and regulate roller coaster rides. The rest rely on insurance companies and private contractors to perform safety inspections.

    Because of the lack of regulations, it can be difficult to determine whether an amusement park is responsible for an injury. Anyone who is injured on an amusement park ride should consult an experienced personal injury attorney. The attorney will be able to determine if the park is liable for the injury.

    If you would like to discuss your own amusement park injury case, please call Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678.

  • I recently suffered a torn ACL during a slip and fall accident and was told I will need surgery to repair it. Can you give me some advice on how I can prepare for the surgery?

    Suffering from a slip and fall accident can bring on a great deal of pain and agony, especially when the victim experiences an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury. An ACL injury can be difficult to recover from and can cause long-term complications. It may also lead to financial hardship as medical costs build up and the victim is forced to miss work.

    Minor ACL injuries can sometimes be treated by therapy and staying off the injured leg. For more severe ACL injuries, the victim may need to undergo surgery in order to properly heal. Any form of ACL surgery is considered an invasive operation and should be taken seriously.

    To be prepared for your ACL surgery, you should:

    • Find a doctor. The key to having a successful surgery is to find a doctor with experience and knowledge in performing ACL surgeries. Before deciding which doctor to trust, take a little time to do some research.
       
    • Educate yourself. Go into your doctor appointments and surgery full of knowledge and understanding. Take the time to read up on ACL injuries and surgeries. The Internet provides great sites such as WebMD to learn about ACL injuries.
       
    • Find support. It is important that you know that you don’t have to suffer the financial burden of the surgery if the slip and fall was caused by the negligence of another. Hupy and Abraham has knowledgeable slip and fall attorneys who can discuss your legal options with you.
       

    To find out more about how we can help you with your slip and fall claim, call 800-800-5678 today and receive a free case evaluation. You can also request a FREE copy of our DVD for injury victims, Secrets Insurance Companies Don't Want You To Know.

  • What are some of the common injuries that may occur due to a slip and fall accident during the Green Bay winter?

    A Wisconsin winter can bring adverse weather conditions, and this means you may experience wet, icy, or snowy walkways. These winter attributes may contribute to a person being involved in a Green Bay slip and fall accident. Although the winter conditions may contribute to the slip and fall, it is important to remember that it is often in combination with negligence that the slip and fall occurs. The property owner has a legal responsibility to make sure that slip and fall hazards—even those caused by natural weather events—are cleared away in a timely manner.

    The injuries sustained in a slip and fall accident caused by adverse weather can be severe and may result in lifelong complications. It’s crucial to seek medical treatment after any slip and fall injury.

    Some of the common injuries associated with a adverse weather condition slip and fall in Green Bay are:

    • Head trauma. Falling onto a hard surface can cause the victim to sustain damage to the head. Because falls on ice can be quite violent, it is not uncommon to sustain a traumatic brain injury.
       
    • Back injury. Slipping and falling can take a toll on the back. Back injuries can cause a significant amount of pain and can take a long time to recover. Many back injuries cause lifelong complications.
       
    • Broken bones. The force of falling on a hard surface can cause a lot of damage. Falling can create a great force to the body, which may cause a bone to fracture.
       

    If you have been injured, it is important to discuss your situation with a Green Bay slip and fall attorney at Hupy and Abraham, as you may be entitled to compensation. Call 800-800-5678 today for a free case evaluation.

     

  • Last year, a boy in my neighborhood suffered a severe injury when he tripped while trick-or-treating. How can I keep my children safe from Halloween slip and falls?

    Autumn is in the air and children are looking forward to Halloween.

    Trick-or-treating, dressing up, and staying up late make Halloween a favorite holiday, but it is also one of the most dangerous. According to a 2010 study in the journal Pediatrics, Halloween is the day with the fourth highest number of child emergency room visits. Many of these Halloween injuries come from slip and fall accidents. Keep your child safe with these tips from the Cedar Rapids injury attorneys at Hupy and Abraham:

    • Think about safety when choosing costumes. Since there are four times more pedestrian accidents on Halloween than on any other night, you will want to choose a light-colored costume with reflective details. You can make these details at home using reflective tape.
    • Avoid long capes and long dresses that could cause a child to trip.
    • Opt for face painting instead of floppy hats and masks that obscure the child’s view.
    • Think about flammability. Your neighbors may use candles to light their jack-o-lanterns. Choose a flame-resistant costume that fits properly.
    • Never allow your child to trick-or-treat on his own. Parents should accompany younger children. Older children should trick-or-treat in groups.
    • Wear sturdy shoes to prevent Cedar Rapids trip and fall accidents.
    • Both parents and children should carry flashlights to help them see—and be seen.
    • Use sidewalks and crosswalks. Never cut across a driveway or yard.
    • Only approach houses that are well lit.
    • Be aware of neighborhood dogs. For information about avoiding Halloween dog bites, read our blog post, “Protect Your Child From Halloween Dog Bites.”

    We hope all your Halloween is full of treats. If your child is injured while trick-or-treating, the Cedar Rapids premises liability attorneys at Hupy and Abraham are here to help. Call us at 800-800-5678 to learn more about your child’s rights. There is no fee for the consultation.

     

  • Can I hold my landlord accountable for a Wisconsin slip and fall that occurred in my home?

    Slip and fall accidents in Milwaukee are quite common. A lot of times we hear about slip and falls in relation to public property. This does not mean they do not occur at residential locations as well.

    As a renter, you have the right to live in a safe home. Your guests should be assured of safe access to your apartment or rental property. A slip and fall accident may very likely be the fault of the landlord or the property’s owner if poor maintenance or building upkeep was a factor.

    If you have been injured in a slip and fall while renting a residential property, it is very likely that you will have the right to file a claim to recover your losses. Whether the slip and fall occurs in a residential home or in a public area, they can be very dangerous.

    To hold the landlord responsible for your injuries, you must show that:

    • The landlord had control. For the landlord to be held responsible for the slip and fall, you must be able to show that the landlord had control over the condition that caused the fall.
       
    • The deficiency could have been fixed. You should be able to show that the condition that caused the fall could have been fixed without being excessively difficult or expensive—and that the property owner had sufficient time to fix the problem or warn people about the hazard.
       
    • The injury was foreseeable. In order for the landlord to be held responsible for your injuries, a serious injury must have been a foreseeable consequence of not fixing the problem.
       
    • Failure to fix was the cause. The accident was caused by the landlord’s failure to take reasonable steps to avoid the accident.
       

    If you believe you have been injured in a slip and fall due to the negligence of your landlord, you need to contact a Milwaukee slip and fall attorney at Hupy and Abraham. Call 800-800-5678 to discuss your legal options.

  • The store manager says that I couldn’t have possibly suffered a concussion in my recent fall. However, my doctor says that I did and that I shouldn’t return to work until I have medical clearance. What should I do? Can a Green Bay slip and fall lawyer help me?

    The store manager is not a doctor and is not qualified to diagnose your medical condition. If you slipped and fell in a Green Bay store, then you did the right thing by seeking medical attention, by getting a diagnosis, and by pursuing medical treatment. We encourage you to follow the advice of your doctor.

    You may be hearing conflicting things from the store manager because the manager is—intentionally or inadvertently—trying to get you to believe that you do not have case. He or she may be worried about the potential liability, and thus may be giving you bad advice. It is important to recognize that you and the store manager have competing goals in this type of situation.

    We encourage not to rely on advice or comments from the store manager. Instead, you should consult with experienced doctors who can provide you with an accurate medical diagnosis. Also, consult with an experienced Green Bay personal injury lawyer to learn more about your rights and your possible legal recovery.

    For more information about your legal rights and possible compensation, please contact a Green Bay slip and fall lawyer today via this website or by calling 920-593-5090 or 800-800-5678.

  • My child fell on the playground and was injured. What should I do? Who will pay her bills?

    Defective or poorly maintained playground equipment may injure your child

    According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than 200,000 children are injured on playgrounds each year. Many of these injuries are serious.

    Your Child May Recover Damages If Someone Else Was Negligent

    If your child’s own negligence—or yours—caused her to fall and be hurt, then she is unlikely to recover damages for her injuries. However, if the agency that is responsible for maintaining a playground caused the injuries, then the agency can held liable. The agency may be liable, for example, if a child is injured because of broken equipment or poor maintenance. In order to receive compensation for a playground accident, you must prove the following:

    • The property owner had a legal duty to keep your child safe.
    • The property owner knew or should have known that there was a dangerous condition at the playground.
    • The property owner had an opportunity to repair or warn of the dangerous condition.
    • Your child’s injury occurred because the property owner did not repair or warn of the dangerous condition.

    Damages could include compensation for medical bills, disability that will affect your child’s ability to earn a living, out-of-pocket costs, pain, suffering and other expenses.

    But Damages Aren’t Automatic

    In order to protect your child’s rights, you should take the following steps after a playground injury.

    • Get immediate medical care for your child’s injuries, and follow the doctor’s instructions for follow-up care.
    • Get the names and phone numbers of any witnesses.
    • If possible, take pictures of the scene and the condition that caused the accident.
    • Save all documentation related to the accident. Ask for a copy of your child’s medical records.
    • Do not sign any papers or insurance company agreements until you have spoken with a personal injury lawyer.

    You can reach an experienced playground injury lawyer today at 800-800-5678 to learn more about what to do after this type of fall and to schedule your own free, no-obligation consultation so that you can begin protecting your child’s fair recovery.

  • I live in Green Bay, but I was injured while on vacation in Iowa. Can I hire a slip and fall lawyer in Green Bay, or do I have to hire an attorney in Iowa?

    Slip and fall injuries can happen anywhere. Being on vacation, visiting family, or traveling for business cannot protect us from injury. What should you do if you are in another state when you are seriously injured? Is it okay to hire an attorney from your home state?

    There are two important factors that you will need to consider when hiring an attorney to handle your out-of-state injury claim:

    • The attorney’s area of practice: Different attorneys practice different types of law. A criminal attorney or divorce lawyer will not be able to help you get compensation for your injury. You will need to hire an attorney who practices personal injury law.
    • The states where the attorney is licensed: Every state has its own requirements for the licensing of attorneys. A Green Bay personal injury lawyer may not be licensed to practice in Iowa.

    As long as your attorney is licensed in both states, you can hire a Green Bay injury attorney to handle your slip and fall. There is one good reason to do this. Hiring a lawyer near your home makes it easy to get to that attorney’s office for consultations. Traveling can be inconvenient if you’ve sustained a serious injury.

    However, you will want to make sure that the attorney you have hired not just licensed, but has experience handling personal injury claims in the state where you were injured. Each state has its own laws and nuances. A personal injury attorney will be most familiar with the laws in the state where he practices. Often the best choice is to choose a local personal injury law firm with offices in the state where you were injured.

    The Green Bay personal injury attorneys at Hupy and Abraham are licensed to practice in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Iowa. Contact us at 800-800-5678 to discuss your Wisconsin vacation injury claim. The initial consultation is free.