We use stairs constantly without ever thinking of the risk -- until we fall, that is. A simple slip or trip on a staircase can cause massive injuries. These incidents can happen in homes, hotels, hospitals, schools, universities, stores, workplaces and almost anywhere else. All it takes is one bad step to find yourself in the hospital.
An aggressive dog runs out of a yard and comes straight for you. It is barking and snarling and baring its teeth. It is not on a leash and you do not see its owner anywhere nearby. What is your first instinct?
When people think about slip-and-fall accidents, they often think about the issues with the flooring itself. Maybe it's a staircase with a broken tread. Maybe it's a slick spot after a spill on a tile floor. Maybe it's snow and ice on a sidewalk that no one properly cleaned up.
You probably use the stairs every day, but do you ever think about the serious risks you face? It's worth considering, especially if you're often on property that you do not own: In stores, in public buildings, in an apartment or in a neighbor's house. You want to know what hazards could cause a serious accident.
When you think about slip-and-fall accidents on icy sidewalks, you probably think about northern states or the eastern seaboard. It's easy to assume that those who face very harsh winters have the greatest risks.
Many premises liability cases revolve around a dangerous condition that causes an accident. It could be something like a wet floor that leads to a slip-and-fall accident or a broken stairway railing that causes someone to fall down the stairs.
You recently got a job as a package delivery driver. You enjoy the work. You spend your time driving all over Maricopa and bringing people an endless string of items purchased on the internet.
One way that businesses and homeowners try to avoid having to pay someone compensation if they get hurt on the property is by putting up warning signs. While they may argue that they do this to keep people safe -- and it may help -- the focus is often on liability. If someone gets hurt and threatens to sue, they assume they can just point to the sign and avoid payment.
Whether you are in a hotel, a store, an apartment building or a neighbor's home, using the stairs is one of the most dangerous things you can do. Slip-and-fall accidents on the stairs are often very serious and sometimes fatal.
Preserving natural beauty is always something that has been important in Arizona. For instance, nearly 20 years ago, Flagstaff became the first International Dark Sky City in the world. This was done to try to reduce light pollution so that residents could observe an unobstructed view of the night sky, without the light pollution so common in other cities.