Archive for March, 2015

Commonly Asked Questions About Negligent Security Issues

When people get into a bar fight, are injured at a nightclub, or suffer any kind of injury because of negligent security, they often have a number of questions about the legal process that follows. For business owners, knowing that someone suffered an injury on your property, and determining if you are liable because you didn’t take the necessary security steps, can be a difficult calculation to make. For patrons, understanding what options you have is equally important.

Today, we’re going to take a look at several commonly asked questions that people have about negligent security cases.

What is negligent security?

Business owners have a legal duty to provide a sensibly safe environment for people who use or visit their property. They cannot, for example, make an area open to the public if they know it has serious hazards or problems.

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Slip and Falls in Icy Conditions

Posted on March 20, 2015

Slip and Falls in Icy Conditions

Walking on snow or ice when it’s cold outside can be an difficult endeavor. Thousands of people suffer serious injuries every year because they lose their footing in icy or slippery conditions. Whether they occur in the workplace, at home, or anywhere else, winter slip and fall accidents are all-too-common.

Injury Causes and Statistics Rates

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that about 1 million Americans are injured, and 17,000 people die, as a result of slip and fall injuries every year. According to one study, slip and fall injury rates increase significantly as temperatures decline, with most injuries resulting from contact with outside services.

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Personal Injury Cases and Legal Defenses

Posted on March 14, 2015

Personal Injury Cases and Legal Defenses

When people file personal injury lawsuits, the other side usually doesn’t concede right away. In many situations, defendants in personal injury lawsuits will try to use one or more legal defenses as a way of avoiding having to pay a settlement or legal judgment. Even though the defenses a defendant might use will differ from case to case, there are several legal defenses that are common in personal injury cases.

Comparative, Modified Comparative, and Contributory Negligence

The idea of negligence lies at the heart of a large majority of personal injury lawsuits. The law assumes that in our day-to-day lives we owe a duty to one another to act in a reasonable and prudent manner. We cannot simply go about our lives heedless of the results of careless activity. If we act in a careless or negligent manner, and our actions result in someone else getting harmed, we can reasonably assume that we will be held responsible for our actions.

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So You Want to Sue the Federal Government For Your Injury – Part 2

In our first blog post on suing the federal government, we looked at how the federal tort claims act, or FTCA, covers most of these kinds of personal injury lawsuits. In this post we are going to take a look at some additional issues you need to consider when you are thinking about suing the federal government for your injury.

Making a Claim

When you suffer an injury at the hands of the federal government, you first have to file a claim with the agency responsible. For example, let’s say you visited a national park and suffered injuries as a result of a park employee’s negligence. To try to recover compensation for your injuries, your first step will be to file a claim with the National Park Service. The claim should state a number of important facts, such as the nature and extent of your injuries, the reason you suffered those injuries, and the extent of the involvement of the federal agency or its employees.

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