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Milwaukee slip and fall accident injury attorneyBy Attorney Chris Strohbehn

If you live in Wisconsin, you know what comes after fall: winter, which usually involves plenty of snow and ice. Unfortunately, these conditions can bring another type of fall—one that causes injury. But when a slip-and-fall accident happens on a commercial property, who is responsible? The answer can be complex.

In Milwaukee, like many Wisconsin cities, “property owners and occupants of private property (commercial and residential) are required to clear sidewalks abutting their property of snow or ice within 24 hours after snow has stopped falling,” or they may face fines. While this requirement seems to place responsibility on a property owner or tenant to ensure that a sidewalk is safe, in many Wisconsin ice-induced commercial slip-and-fall cases, determining who is at fault is rarely so straightforward. There are a variety of reasons why this is so.

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Milwaukee dog bite lawyerIf you have been bitten by a dog, you are at risk for a number of injuries. First, there is likely some sort of wound, and the degree of severity can range from superficial to severe. You also may be at risk for scarring or permanent disfiguration. Another possible injury that people often overlook with dog bites is the transmission of a disease or infection. 

Wisconsin Dog Bite Laws 

Under Wisconsin law, an owner is typically responsible for injuries caused by their dog. It does not matter if the owner was not on the scene when the attack occurred or if the owner took steps to protect others from the dog. This type of law is called “strict liability.”

It also does not matter if the dog owner believed that the dog was not dangerous or if they did not know of any previous attacks. A dog owner may be held responsible for any injury their dog inflicts on any other person, domestic animal, or property. In addition, if it can be proven that a dog owner was told or knew that the dog previously, without provocation, had bitten a person with sufficient force to break the skin and cause permanent physical scarring or disfigurement, the owner may be held liable for double the amount of damages.

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Milwaukee slip and fall accident injury lawyerSlipping and falling can lead to serious injuries that may require extensive medical treatment. If you have been hurt in a slip and fall accident, there are things you can do to strengthen your case and increase your chances of recovering compensation. 

Demonstrating Liability

One of the main hurdles in a slip and fall case is proving that the business or property owner knew of the condition that caused your fall and did not take the proper steps to correct it. Alternately, you can satisfy this requirement by showing that any reasonable business or property owner would have known about the condition, because it was present for a substantial period of time before you fell.

Following an injury, you should take the following steps:

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office injuries in wisconsin, milwaukee personal injury lawyerFactories, warehouses, and construction sites are all known for the dangerous conditions that put workers at risk. These job sites are typically subject to numerous rules and regulations to make them safer. However, serious injuries can also occur in an office setting that can interfere with your ability to work and enjoy life. If you have sustained a serious injury while working in an office, you may be entitled to compensation.

Common Office Accidents

  1. Slip-and-fall. Many office accidents are caused by an employee tripping or slipping on a hazard. In fact, this is the most common office injury. Common risks presented in an office setting include loose electrical cords, uneven surfaces, unmarked wet floors, poor lighting and unsecured carpeting. A slip-and-fall can result in back and spine injuries, broken bones, and head trauma. Often, these accidents are preventable by raising awareness of the risks and properly marking when there is a hazard.

  2. Lifting heavy objects. Office supplies, files, and cases of water need to be lifted in an office setting. Doing so can put a strain on your back muscles. Back injuries are notoriously difficult to treat and often require long-term care. Even if your back was previously injured before your workplace accident, you should be compensated for the injury exacerbation. To avoid these injuries, do not lift heavy objects, use proper form when lifting, or ask a coworker for help.

  3. Falling objects. Office supplies located in hard-to-reach areas pose a danger to employees. Office workers could strain muscles in an attempt to get to supplies. Also, supplies can fall causing trauma to an employee’s body or back. Use a ladder with a spotter to avoid any accidents.

  4. Ergonomic injuries. Because office workers are required to be seated at a desk in front of a computer for many hours each day, there are multiple injuries for which they may be at risk. Injuries related to posture, eye strain, and repetitive movements may become apparent over time. Employers should offer workers a variety of chairs, keyboards, and desks. Workers should also be instructed as to how to adjust these items for the most ergonomic use.

Contact a Milwaukee Personal Injury Lawyer

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Wisconsin personal injury attorney, Wisconsin slip and fall lawyerAccording to the National Safety Council, approximately 2.5 million people are treated in emergency departments for slips and falls each year. Some of those falls happen at home, some happen at work, and still others occur at business establishments in premises liability accidents. A new study suggests that practicing yoga on a regular basis could reduce your risk for them all.

The Relationship Between Falls and Balance

As the human body ages, balance begins to fade. As such, those who are older are at greater risk for falls than those who are younger. However, one study concluded that everyone – even young people – experience frequent slips and falls. Conducted on college students, the study counted 1,446 total trips and slips and 82 falls over the course of 16 weeks. And so, the final consensus is that every person, young and old, could benefit from improved balance to help them prevent slips, trips, and falls.

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Wisconsin accident attorney, Wisconsin personal injury lawyerWhen people think of slips and falls, they generally imagine slick surfaces, like ice and snow, dangerous terrain, or risky behavior, such as carrying an oversized box down a narrow flight of stairs. Yet, according to the National Safety Council, slips and falls remain the leading cause of injury-related deaths among those aged 65 or older. But slips and trips are not just for the elderly; they also account for about five percent of all workplace injuries and around 15 percent of all accidental deaths. Moreover, a recent study found that, even among healthy, young adults, falls are surprisingly common.

Study on College Students Shows Falls, Trips Happen at Any Age

Conducted by researchers from Purdue University, a recent study on 94 college undergraduates shows that humans – regardless of their age –  struggle to stay upright. With an average age of 19, these students were asked to answer a daily email over the course of 16 weeks. In it, they were asked if they had experienced a slip, trip, or fall in the last 24 hours. More than half (52 percent) reported 1,495 trips or slips by the end of the study, and 46 percent reported 82 full-blown falls.

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Wisconsin accident attorney, injury liability, Wisconsin personal injury lawyerIn February, a nearly 600-foot tall crane crashed onto the buildings, cars, and pedestrians in downtown Manhattan. One man, a Harvard-trained mathematician, was killed. Three others were injured. What rights do these individuals have under the law? Can they seek compensation? And just how difficult will the process be?

How Frequent Are Construction Site Injuries?

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, approximately 1.6 percent of all roadway crashes occur within construction work zones. Of those, approximately 0.6 percent were fatal (576 fatalities), 30 percent resulted in injury, and 69 percent caused only property damage. Most occur during active work hours (70 percent).

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Wisconsin accident attorney, accident liability, Wisconsin injury lawyerAlthough many Americans have voiced their opinions that there are too many reality shows on the air, the genre remains a solid staple on the airwaves. There is one particular, high-rated reality show which continually tests our societal consciousness as actors portray various scenarios that either evoke public compassion and action or blurred lines of indifference.

One of the most popular segments of this show is when an actor portrays a staged slip and fall accident in either a grocery or big box store. Although the actor is portraying a carefully crafted personal injury and ready to sue the host merchant, the show's host and his crew are privy to the fall and delight in exposing the various reactions. As the charade is exposed, we as the audience are enlightened as a large percentage of unsuspecting bystanders are quick to out the clumsy imposter but in all reality, these types of accidents can be quite serious.

The National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) provides statistical data on slip and fall accidents, especially for our elderly citizens. Following is a sampling of the data.

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Wisconsin accident attorney, accident liability, Wisconsin injury lawyerMany of the personal injury accidents that transpire within Wisconsin occur on someone else’s property, either inside or outside a building. These types of accidents are identified as premises liability, cases and they can occur on public or private property when dangerous conditions are present.

Dangerous conditions create unreasonable risks of harm. For example, unreasonable risks of harm are found in scenarios involving poorly maintained premises, improperly constructed stairwells, or when premises owners fail to give adequate warning of a dangerous condition. If you, or someone you know, entered a dangerous premise and suffered an injury due to a slip and fall on someone else’s property, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. In Wisconsin, the statute of limitations provides only three years from the date of injury to file a claim, thus it is important to act quickly.

The Basics of Liability

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