Slip and Fall

What to Do Following a Slip and Fall Accident

by Richard Atkinson | October 20th, 2016

Slip and fall accidents are one of the most common types of accidents, accounting for 15% of all accidental deaths in the United States. Slipping and falling can result in neck and spine injuries, broken bones, traumatic head injuries, lacerations and even death.

Slip and fall accidents can be very serious. Whether you are at a business, at work, at home or somewhere else, here are important steps to take following a slip and fall.

  1. Seek Medical Help

The most important thing to do following any kind of accident is to immediately seek medical help for any injuries. Put your health first before dealing with anything else.

  1. Report the Accident

Depending on where you fell, report the injury to a person of authority. If you fell in a business, report the fall to the manager. If you fell in an apartment building, report the injury to the landlord. If it is anywhere else, report the injury to the owner of the property. Obtain a physical copy of any official reports that they file.

  1. Take Photos

Document the scene where you fell by taking photos and capturing any dangerous conditions that contributed to your accident. These could be helpful later as you prove negligence.

 Get Witness Info

Were there any witnesses when you fell? If so, capture their contact information. You might need these witnesses later to provide a statement that confirms there was negligence that caused you to slip and fall.

  1. Contact a Personal Injury Attorney

Contact a Little Rock personal injury attorney to review your case. To win your claim, your personal injury attorney will prove that the business or building owner did not meet premises liability, meaning they did not maintain an adequate level of safety for those on premise and that you were injured as a result.

Slip and fall injuries are very common. If you or a loved has been harmed because of slipping and falling, consult the personal injury attorneys at Rainwater, Holt & Sexton to see if you are warranted compensation.

Most Dangerous Women’s High School Sports Ranked

by rhs | December 19th, 2011

December 19, 2011

The National Center for Catastrophic Injury Research has been collecting data of fatal and serious accidents in women’s high school sports for nearly thirty years. Now the agency has released the top sports where these injuries occur.

According to 40/29 News, the researchers defined catastrophic injuries as those involving damage to the skull, brain, or spine. Non-fatal injuries were determined to be those that resulted in severe permanent disabilities, while serious injuries were  severe, but no permanent damages were suffered. Here are the results and totals:

#11-Volleyball– one non-fatal injury

#10-Soccer– one non-fatal and two serious injuries

#9-Lacrosse- two serious injuries

#8-Softball- one fatal, two non-fatal, and two serious injuries

#7-Field Hockey- three non-fatal injuries

#6-Ice Hockey- two serious injuries

#5-Basketball- one non-fatal and three serious injuries

#4-Swimming- one serious and four non-fatal injuries

#3-Track- one fatal, two non-fatal, and six serious injuries

#2-Gymnastics- six non-fatal and three serious injuries

#1-Cheerleading- two fatal, twenty-eight non-fatal, and forty-eight serious injuries

Many of these accidents involved broken vertebrae in the back that can lead to paralysis, while others were brain and skull injuries resulting from contact with another player or object on the field.

The Arkansas Brain Injury Attorneys with Rainwater, Holt & Sexton would like to remind parents and student-athletes to be aware of the dangers of head and back injuries. If you feel like you have been hurt, stop playing and seek immediate medical assistance. The choice to step off the field and get checked out may save your life.

Bumbo Chairs Have High Risk Of Head Injuries For Infants

by rhs | December 12th, 2011

December 12, 2011

It’s one of those items that word-of-mouth advertising from new moms has made a household name. Bumbo Baby Seats are in nearly every home these days with a child under 10-months old living there. Moms say that the portable, lightweight chair frees their hands, while allowing the baby to sit up by giving support to the neck and back.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently announced a recall of the chairs though due to an alarming number of reports of children falling from the product, resulting in head injuries. The agency stated that since October 25, 2007, they are aware of 45 incidences of falls from elevated surfaces. Of those children, 17 suffered skull fractures.

The CPSC and the product’s manufacturer, Bumbo International, also acknowledged there are 50 cases where children were injured after maneuvering out of the chair while on the floor. Of these cases, two resulted in skull fractures while another resulted in a concussion and broken limb.

The CPSC and Bumbo International have now put warning labels on the product, and they are reminding parents to never use the chairs on elevated surfaces or while the child is unmonitored.

The Arkansas Brain Injury Lawyers with Rainwater, Holt & Sexton urge parents to first seek medical assistance if your child has suffered a head injury due to a fall. Next, if the fall was caused by a defective product, they encourage you to seek counsel from an experienced attorney.

Roofer Falls from Construction Site

by rhs | June 28th, 2011

A roofer was injured Monday when he fell from a construction site at Carl Albert State College.

The roofer, who is employed by Oklahoma Roofing, fell from a construction site at the newly constructed Science and Math building, according to a news release issued by Judi White, director of public relations and marketing for the college.

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Two students die in Little Rock slip and fall accident

by rhs | March 18th, 2010

March 18, 2010

Two students from the University of Arkansas died as the result of Little Rock slip and fall accident that occurred at a cliff on private property Sunday.

A third student was injured in the Arkansas slip and fall accident.

One student fell off the cliff and another student fell when trying to help the first student.

The third student, who broke his pelvis and suffered other Little Rock personal injuries, fell when trying to rescue the first two Little Rock slip and fall accident victims.

Details surrounding the accident are still pending.

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The Little Rock premises liability attorneys at Rainwater, Holt & Sexton can help if you were injured in an Arkansas slip and fall accident.

Arkansas slip and fall accident at Wal-Mart leaves man injured

by rhs | October 19th, 2007

A man filed suit Thursday against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. after an Arkansas slip and fall accident on the premises, according to the Northwest Arkansas Times. He claims in the premises liability lawsuit that Wal-Mart created an “unreasonably hazardous condition” when employees situation a fan used to dry carts in a way that would blow the water onto the floor in the path of customers.

The slip and fall accident victim said he was carefully pushing his cart when he fell and hit his back and head on the floor. The suit also alleges that Wal-Mart failed to display proper warning to customers to avoid accidents. The victim’s suit claims damages for medical bills, lost wages, permanent injury, and pain and suffering.

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