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What to Do After a Slip-and-Fall While Shopping on Black Friday

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on November 22, 2017

On Black Friday, hundreds of thousands of Dallas-area shoppers will hit the stores in the hunt for the perfect deal on a coveted Christmas gift. The stores will be crowded, disorganized, and poorly managed, resulting in an increased risk of an accident. With frazzled employees who are more focused on quickly cashing out stressed customers, dangerous conditions often arise in the store.

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Watch Out for Slip and Fall Situations While Doing Your Holiday Shopping

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on November 1, 2015

Slip and FallSlip and fall accidents cause thousands of injuries in Texas each year.  Many of these injuries happen in restaurants, stores, and similar places where people are. Slip and fall accidents go up during the holiday shopping season.

When you head out to the mall or your favorite store to pick up food, gifts, or decorations this holiday season, watch out for the following hazards: Read the rest »

Studies Find Older Adults Face Highest Risk of Slip and Fall Injuries

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on September 15, 2014

A fall can cause serious injury to a person of any age. But studies by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) find that older Americans face the highest risk of suffering a fall and of enduring a severe injury as a result. Consequently, experienced Texas slip and fall injury lawyers encourage families to help older loved ones find ways to reduce their fall risks.

According to the CDC, one in every three adults over the age of 65 suffers a fall. Each year, two million older adults need emergency room care for injuries suffered in a fall. Hip fractures and traumatic brain injuries are among the most common types of harm caused by a serious fall, and they can significantly affect the quality of an older person’s remaining years. Read the rest »

Sports-related head injuries on the rise for children

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on June 4, 2014

In a study done between 2002 and 2011, it was found that there is an increase in the number of children suffering from traumatic brain injuries, and many of these are linked to athletic kids.

One of the hospitals in the country was observed over a period of 9 years, and it was found that 15% of brain injuries that occurred to children were results of sports related activities. So what does this mean for parents and children out there?

The study finds that the average demographic of children who were admitted were males aged 10-16. Furthermore, the study did not actually see an increase in the number of children being admitted – but notes that the change was more on the reason why they were being admitted. The study finds that there was a 92% increase in the number of sports related cases, resulting in emergency situations.

We do know and are aware that child athlete injuries are almost unavoidable, but some experience more serious injuries such as concussions because of hard impact sustained by the head while playing. Therefore, educating the children is one of the most effective preventive actions that can be employed to try and avoid injuries from being sustained.

Furthermore, while the children who were admitted were treated for moderate to serious TBI or traumatic brain injury, their conditions improved over time and their injuries were not as severe as they originally were. Perhaps this is a positive outcome of the outcry of families whose children suffered the long term damage that is caused by the injury. Because of the overwhelming concern, better care was placed for children suffering from TBI to ensure that the condition improves and doesn’t worsen over time.

Thus, it is essential to teach the following to our children:

  • Be careful, detail-oriented and vigilant when going through sports waivers. We do encourage our children to go to camp, a basketball clinic, or other training programs to help them enrich their athleticism and interpersonal relationships, we may end up getting worse than what we bargained for if they end up injured and the host of the event refrains from any responsibility. Even though you trust the establishment, make sure that you know and understand the contents of the waiver so that you can set expectations when it comes to the safety of your child
  • Be proactive. Children can have the adrenaline rush while playing, making them immune to feel pain or discomfort if ever it is already present. Moreover, some kinds of injuries are not immediately apparent, so the coach or the trainer may not notice that something is already wrong. Teach and constantly remind your child to call out if he or she feels any pain, discomfort, and to not ‘tough it out’ in the event that it is already serious.
  • Have your legal options open. Just as it isn’t uncommon to find injuries related to sports, the lawsuits about them aren’t unusual as well. However, at times filing a claim and bringing it to court may not always be the best course of action. It is ideal to consult first with your lawyer on what your next steps should be.

If you have been a victim of sports-related injuries as a result of another person’s negligence (or have a child who was victimized), then the lawyers of W.T. Johnson will be here to help you work out on the best plan of action so that you receive the compensation you deserve.

Elderly Exercise May Prevent Slip and Fall Injuries

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on October 31, 2013

older-woman-drinking-tea-wt-johnsonJust in time for Fall, results from a French study is hinting that regular exercise for the elderly reduces their risk of falling and lowers the severity of a fall. According to a study done at the University of Paris-Sud in France, exercise reduces the risk of a serious elderly fall by 37%. Due to ‘falling’ being a bit of an ambiguous term, they defined their criteria using three fall types to categorize and record severity. The three criteria include: falls resulting in medical care, falls resulting in severe injury, and falls resulting in fractures. The study shows that after regular exercise, people fall less often and they lower their risk of falling in the first place. The rate of falling has been reduced by 29% and the overall risk of falling fell by 32%. The study was conducted on 2,195 participants in the group who exercised and 2,110 on the sedentary control group.

The exercise group was put on a workout routine including tai chi (a balance and strength oriented exercise), resistance training, and functional training that mirrors everyday life movements. It’s been criticized by means of the exact definition of a fall. Despite the critique, it is no wonder that the results indicate that balance training for physical awareness is the most helpful in fall prevention. Exercise proved to enhance cognitive function as well. This is the first of many experiments, and in the future more aspects will be taken into account. Eventually the researchers plan to create an optimal workout routine for the elderly based on their findings.

Slip and fall injuries are a part of everyday life, however some of them may be prevented by others. If you have fallen due to the negligence of another, please contact the professionals at W.T. Johnson for legal counsel.

2 Mormon Missionaries Killed, Bicycle Accident and Accidental Death

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on October 16, 2013

book-of-mormon-wt-johnsonOn two consecutive days, two Mormon missionaries have died while on their mission trips. The consecutive deaths happened on Wednesday and Thursday of last week, in Mexico and California. 20 year-old from Idaho, Elder Colt Daniel Kunz had only been in the Mexican Gulf city of Tampico for a month when a freak accident killed him instantly. He was reported to have been walking into a two story building on a ledge, when he accidentally came in contact with a livewire. The wire electrocuted him, and he then fell to his death.

The very next day Andrew Edward Page, 18 year-old from Charlotte, was riding his bicycle when disaster struck. Page had only been in Arcadia, a city in Los Angeles, for two months when he was fatally struck by a car while riding his bike.

In a recent move to up the numbers of missionaries sent abroad, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has lowered the minimum ages for acceptance into the missionary program. In October of 2012 the Utah-based faith announced the new age guidelines. For men, the age was lowered from 19 to 18 and for women the age has been lowered from 21 to 19 years of age. Due to this change, there have been more active Mormon missionaries than ever before. These two mark the 11th and 12th deaths of missionaries this year, the highest in recent years. The rising number of deaths is being blamed on the higher number of active missionaries worldwide; hopefully no more occur.

Not all accidents are unpreventable. If you’re hurt due to another’s error, be it leaving an exposed livewire on their property or careless driving; please contact W.T. Johnson. Our professionals will work their hardest to get your life back on track with the compensation you deserve.

4 Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on August 13, 2013

4 Common Causes of Slip and Fall AccidentsOver one million people go to the emergency room every year because of slip and fall accidents, and most of these people are injured due to a negligent property owner. To help protect you and your loved ones from slip and fall injuries, here are the four common causes of slip and fall accidents:

  • Wet surfaces: If an area is slippery in a public place, there should be a caution sign alerting you to that. But oftentimes grease, water or other slippery material will be on the floor, and you slip and fall without warning, which results in serious slip and fall injuries.
  • Uneven flooring: According to the National Floor Safety Institute, 55 percent of all slip and fall accidents are caused by hazardous walking surfaces. Some flooring issues that cause slip and fall accidents include dented vinyl flooring, torn carpeting, cluttered floors or loose floorboards.
  • Weather conditions: Many slip and fall accidents occur on a property because of ice, rain or snow. Property owners must shovel snow off sidewalks, salt walking paths and plow parking lots if there is inclimate weather. If they don’t do so, tragic slip and fall accidents can occur and the property owners are held responsible.
  • Nursing home neglect: Elderly people are the most common victim of slip and fall accidents. After an elderly person slips and falls, it can lead to life threatening injuries. Slip and fall accidents occur to the elderly often in nursing homes where residents aren’t monitored well and experience nursing home neglect.

Slip and fall accidents usually could have been prevented. If you or a loved one were a victim of a slip and fall accident, you deserve justice and compensation for your physical and emotional pain. Contact the Law Offices of W.T. Johnson today and set-up your free, no-obligation consultation.

What to do After a Slip and Fall Accident

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on July 15, 2013

Texas slip and fall accidents can occur at anytime, anywhere. Slip and fall injuries can range from bruises and scrapes to broken bones or even lead to death. Since you never know when you will get in a slip and fall accident, it’s important to know what to do in case you are ever the victim of one:

  • Get medical care: Even if you don’t think you were seriously injured, symptoms of your injuries might not show up until later. It’s important to get medical care as soon as possible in order to prevent more serious injuries from developing. A delay in seeking medical attention can also negatively affect your slip and fall case.
  • Gather evidence: In order to get the compensation you deserve, it’s important to have a large amount of evidence. After your slip and fall accident, try to gather the following information:
    • Pictures of the area where the accident occurred and any of your injuries
    • Contact information from witnesses who saw the accident
    • Contact information of the property owner and insurance information
    • Weather conditions
    • Shoes and clothing you were wearing during the slip and fall accident
  • Report the slip and fall accident: After you slipped and fell at someone else’s property, it’s important to report the accident to the property owner. This will help the owner know they need to fix the issue as soon as possible.
  • Contact a slip and fall accident attorney: It’s vital to contact a Texas slip and fall accident attorney immediately after your accident. A slip and fall attorney can help you get the justice and the compensation you are entitled to for your physical and emotional trauma.

Contact the experienced Texas slip and fall accident attorneys at the Law Offices of W.T. Johnson today and set-up your free no-obligation consultation.

The Top 4 Injuries from Slip and Fall Accidents

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on June 7, 2013

When you are walking around a place of business and slip and fall, it is usually due to the negligence of someone else. Slip and fall accidents can lead to many injuries or even death. Here are some of the most common injuries that occur from a slip and fall accident:

  • Head Injuries: After slipping and falling, it’s easy to hit your head on the floor or something near you. Slip and fall accidents can result in concussions or even traumatic brain injuries.
  • Broken bones: If you are walking in an icy parking lot and fall, it’s easy to break a bone, since broken bones can occur after you land on a hard surface.
  • Cuts: It’s common to get cut if you fall on a sharp object that is laying on the floor. Cuts can occur if staff didn’t pick up dangerous materials like they should have.
  • Bruises: If you fall and land hard, your capillaires break, which causes a bruise to appear.

Some dangerous conditions that typically cause slip and fall accidents are:

  • torn carpeting
  • changes in flooring
  • poor lighting
  • narrow stairs
  • wet floor
  • broken or cracked sidewalks
  • rain, ice or snow
  • potholes

If you or a loved one were the victim of a slip and fall accident, you deserve compensation for your emotional and physical trauma. Contact the slip and fall attorneys at the Law Offices of W.T. Johnson today and set-up your free, no-obligation consultation.

If you would like to discuss your claim with a member of our team, don’t hesitate to call us at (214) 231-0544. We’re ready to help you, and won’t rest until you receive the settlement you deserve.

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