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  • 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.

     

  • I was recently hurt in a Cedar Rapids slip and fall accident. I have one pressing question. I want to know why I was hurt. How can I get my question answered?

    If you are recovering from serious Cedar Rapids slip and fall accident injuries, then you understandably want to know why this happened to you. You want to know why you are in pain and why your life has been changed in such a dramatic way.

    To get the information that you seek (and that you deserve), you have to ask the question in the right way. You are unlikely to find out the truth about the cause of your Cedar Rapids slip and fall accident by simply asking the property owner or manager. The owner or manager may be hesitant to tell you the truth if the truth could be later used against him in a personal injury lawsuit.

    However, that does not mean that you can’t get your pressing question answered. You may find that an experienced Cedar Rapids slip and fall lawyer can help you get the answer that you seek. You can find out the cause of your accident while you pursue a fair recovery for your accident injuries. During the discovery phase of a lawsuit, for example, you can find out the truth about what happened to you.

    For more information about how to find out the cause of your Cedar Rapids slip and fall accident and for more information about your rights and possible recovery, please contact an experienced Cedar Rapids slip and fall attorney today at 319-731-9009 or 888-807-2752.

  • 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.

  • I was recently hurt when I fell getting off a ride at an Iowa amusement park. Do I have any right to a recovery?

    Without knowing more about the specific facts of your case, it is difficult for a reputable Des Moines slip and fall lawyer to give you a definitive answer. However, we can tell you that you could have a possible case if you were injured while getting off a ride at an Iowa amusement park, carnival, or other event.

    Generally, you may be able to recover damages if there was a danger that was known, or should have been known, to the property owner, amusement park operator, or a worker at the park. For example, if there was an unmarked step where people had fallen before, or if there was a missing railing and you were not warned of any danger, then you may be able to recover damages if you were hurt.

    Depending on the facts of your case, you may be able to recover damages for your past, current, and future medical expenses, lost income, out-of-pocket costs, pain, suffering, and other losses or expenses.

    For more information about how Iowa slip and fall law may apply to your case, we encourage you to contact an experienced Des Moines slip and fall attorney today via this website or by calling 515-984-0091 or 888-807-2752 to schedule a free consultation. We also invite you to request a FREE copy of our informational DVD, Secrets Insurance Companies Don’t Want You to Know, to learn more about insurance negotiations after a personal injury accident.

  • 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 recently fell and got hurt in a Cedar Rapids store. My friend told me to look for an Iowa premises liability lawyer to help me with my recovery. What is a premises liability lawyer? Why would I need one?

    Your friend may be right, particularly if you suffered a significant injury that is causing you pain, causing you to incur medical expenses, or causing you to miss work.

    Premises liability refers to the legal responsibility of property owners and managers for accidents that happen on their property. Thus, a premises liability lawyer is one who represents clients who have been hurt on someone else’s property. If you slipped, or tripped, and fell in a Cedar Rapids store then you might benefit from contacting an experienced Iowa premises liability lawyer.

    Whether you refer to our attorneys as personal injury lawyers, premises liability attorneys, or slip and fall lawyers does not matter. What matters is that our lawyers understand the pain that you are feeling, your legal rights and how to advocate for your fair recovery.

    Our lawyers are committed to helping you get a fair and just recovery for the past, current and future medical expenses, lost income, out-of-pocket costs, pain, suffering, and other damages that you have incurred as a result of your slip and fall accident injury. Please contact us today at 319-731-9009 or 888-807-2752 to schedule a free consultation. We also invite you to order our FREE DVD, Secrets Insurance Companies Don’t Want You to Know, to learn more.

  • I was involved in a slip and fall at a Gurnee grocery store. Is it important for me to seek the care of a physician?

    As you are aware, grocery stores can be very dangerous places. When the business owner acts in a negligent manner that leads to a slip and fall accident, he should be held accountable. With the many hazards that may lead to a slip and fall, grocery store employees need to be vigilant in order to keep their customers safe.

    After a slip and fall in a Illinois grocery store ,you may be feeling embarrassed. You might not want to do anything but leave as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, many victims fail to seek medical attention after an embarrassing slip and fall in a public place. This is unwise. It is vitally important that the victim speak with a physician.

    Three reasons why you should see a doctor after a Gurnee slip and fall are:

    • Symptoms may show up later. It is common for slip and fall victims to not seek medical attention because they feel fine afterwards. Many times symptoms of an injury do not show up for days later.
       
    • The injury may worsen. Some injuries may get better with at-home treatment and some over-the-counter pain relievers. Other injuries can worsen over time and cause long-term damage. It is not worth the risk; injuries should be treated by a health professional right away.
       
    • The doctor can help build a case. If you are involved in a slip and fall accident, the chances are you will be filing a claim. One of the key pieces of evidence that will be used is your medical records. Without going to a doctor, it may be hard to prove your injuries are significant and worth a financial recovery.

    If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, you may be entitled to compensation. To get the compensation you deserve, contact an experienced Gurnee slip and fall attorney at Hupy and Abraham. Call 866-625-2299 today for a free case evaluation.

  • Who is liable for Illinois summer camp injuries?

    Summer camp is great opportunity for children. It allows children to experience new things, have fun, learn, and socialize while school is out. But summer camp can be risky. Each year, thousands of children suffer serious injuries while at camp. These injuries range from sprained ankles and broken bones to brain injuries to sexual abuse.

    If your child is injured at camp, you want to know who is responsible. You will want to be aware of these special considerations that apply when your child is away at summer camp:

    • Summer camps have a legal duty to keep the children in their care reasonably safe. A camp has a responsibility to minimize any injury risk.
    • A camp should make sure that activities are age appropriate.
    • A camp should make sure that children are properly supervised at all times.
    • A camp should perform background checks of all staff members, especially those who will have contact with children.
    • A camp should make sure that there is proper safety equipment for all participants.
    • A camp is responsible for ensuring that the facilities and equipment are in good shape.
    • Counselors should be aware of allergies and special needs.

    When a camp neglects its duty, it can be held responsible for any injuries that result. But this doesn’t mean that a camp can be held responsible for all injuries. For instance, football has some intrinsic dangers. When you sign your child up for football camp, you will be asked to sign a waiver absolving the camp for any injuries that occur as a result of the sport.

    Every situation is different. A Bloomington personal injury attorney can help you determine who is liable for your child’s Illinois summer camp injury. To schedule a free consultation with an Illinois child injury lawyer, contact Hupy and Abraham at 866-532-4800.

  • 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.