Property owners have the responsibility to ensure that their properties are safe for visitors. If they fail to take this responsibility and an injury or death has happened, they may be held liable. This is called premises liability.

Getting injured because of someone else is always bad news. Because property owners, manufacturers, and maintenance workers become negligent, you are the one who has to suffer. The best way to avoid accidents is by being diligent yourself and knowing what kind of accidents can occur in certain premises.

Premises liability may come in many forms, like dog bites, fires, slips and falls, and swimming accidents, but one form seems to be overlooked – elevator and escalator accidents. These accidents may seem ridiculous, because elevators and escalators are not the most complicated machines. But these accidents still occur, and we should be worried.

Defects and Malfunctions

Elevator defects and malfunctions happen for many reasons. Maybe the elevator is not installed properly, has missing parts, or is not receiving adequate maintenance. This can cause pulley system malfunctions, rapidly dropping the elevator in the shaft. Elevator passengers are also at risk of harm because of faulty safety systems like door malfunctions, water springkler malfunctions, and wiring malfunctions that may cause electrocution and fire.

Like elevators, escalators can be defective and malfunction if they are are not properly installed and maintained. There are well-documented cases where an escalator passenger has fallen into the moving interior parts of the escalator because of step yoke breakage and other support mechanism failures. Sudden stops and starts of an escalator can also startle passengers, causing them to slip and fall.

Entrapments

Aside from defects and malfunctions, entrapments are also common causes of elevator and escalator injuries. Body parts and pieces of clothing are known to get caught in the moving parts of elevators and escalators.

In elevators, the hand and feet of children are often victims of entrapments, may it be because of elevator defects and malfunctions or negligence. There are also known cases of women hair getting caught in the doors.

In escalators, a person’s clothing and feet are often the victims of entrapments. Long clothes like dresses are ingested by the moving steps and adjacent skirt panels. Fingers and toes of children can also be caught in the gaps between the steps and the panels, causing serious injury and even amputation.

Though negligence on the part of the victim can be associated with entrapments, the overall design of the machines should also be taken into consideration.


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Carrying auto liability insurance is a mandate in the U.S. Thus, whether you drive a car or a truck and regardless of the kind of driving history you have, you will have to be insured. Being insured is complying with the Financial Responsibility law, the law which requires drivers to prove their financial capability in paying the damages and losses suffered by victims of accidents due to their fault. Other than having insurance coverage, compliance with the Financial Responsibility law may also be done by demonstrating financial capability in ways approved by the state, like: depositing securities or money with the state treasurer or filing an SR-22, which is the case in the state of New Hampshire; or paying the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) the required uninsured motor vehicle fee, a practice allowed in the state of Virginia.

Where drivers decide to carry auto insurance, the type of coverage they need to carry depends on the liability system recognized in the state where they reside. Currently, 38 states, also known as “tort” or “fault” states, require the tort liability coverage; the remaining 12 states, also known as “no-fault” states, require the “no-fault” insurance coverage. The 12 states where this “no-fault coverage” is required are Utah, New York, North Dakota, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Kansas, Hawaii, Florida, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Kentucky; drivers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Kentucky are actually allowed to choose which coverage they want to carry.

Drivers, especially those who cause accidents, can lose their driving privileges and be required to carry an SR-22 filing if they are found without insurance coverage. An SR-22 is a certification required by the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV); its purpose is to inform the state DMV that the driver who has been required to carry an SR-22 filing is already insured.

Despite carrying auto liability insurance being a basic driving requirement, millions of drivers in the U.S. choose rather to drive without insurance, saying that insurance policies are too expensive. According to Abel Law Firm, while independent car insurance companies know this to be a fact, they also say that driving without insurance can be much more expensive, especially if the uninsured driver ends up causing an accident. Independent car insurance firms, by the way, offers drivers free online insurance quotes from different insurance companies. These quotes are meant to allow drivers compare insurance deals and prices to help them find the best, yet lowest-priced deal that they need to have.


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Power morcellators were once praised for their ability to remove noncancerous tissue and fibroids during a hysterectomy or a myomectomy.  The morcellators worked by entering through a small incision in the abdomen and breaking up masses into smaller pieces that were then removed.  However, a link was soon found between women undergoing procedures with these devices and then developing dangerous forms of uterine cancer. In fact, according to Williams Kherkher, 1 in 370 of women who underwent a procedure involving a power morcellator result in the development of some form of uterine cancer.

Before these procedures, many doctors failed to check patients for cancerous growth or tissue. When this is the case, power morcellators often spread cancerous tissue and cells into other areas of the body, leading to more serious or developed types of cancer.  Some of the major types of cancer caused by power morcellators include metastatic leiomyosarcoma, uterine cancer, uterine sarcoma, and endometrial stromal sarcoma.  All of these cancers have the potential to be life-threatening if not caught in the early stages.  Unfortunately, many unsuspecting women can become victims of these dangerous cancers after a procedure involving a power morcellator.

The FDA issued a “black box” warning for these morcellators. According to the pharmacy Walgreens, a black box warning is the strictest warning put in the labeling of prescription drugs or medical products by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) when there is reasonable evidence of an association of a serious hazard with the drugs or product. While the makers of the devices, Johnson & Johnson, recalled them in 2014, the warnings came too late for many women who had already developed uterine cancer.


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Technology is an unavoidable part of modern society. Nearly every individual has a cell phone, making the use of it during driving a dangerous reality. Countless individuals use their cell phones while operating a vehicle putting other drivers on the road in serious danger. Texting or talking on one’s cell phone can lead to reckless and distracted driving behaviors. Even a momentary lapse in attention is all it takes to lose control of an automobile and cause an accident, according to http://www.shw-law.com/.

There are a number of reasons a person might be using their cell phone while driving—looking at their phone for directions, making a call, or responding to a text. Regardless of the reason, distracted driving caused by reasons such as cell phone use is one of the leading causes of fatal collisions. When an individual checks their cell phone to send a text or make a call, not only are they not looking at the road for a period of time, but they are often driving with only one hand on the wheel. Even if an individual claims to be able to look at the road while on a phone call, they are often more distracted and thus unable to respond to dangers or obstacles on the road in a timely manner. Other dangerous driving behaviors that can be caused by texting and driving are swerving out of your lane, not paying attention to traffic signals, and being unable to control speed.

Unfortunately, these are only some examples of dangerous driving behavior that can take place when a driver is texting or talking on a cell phone. Numerous accidents are caused by careless driving by individuals on their phone every year. Not only can these accidents cause severe injuries, but, in the worst cases, death. Technology may be an integral part of society, but using a cell phone and driving should not be.


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Protecting your storage unit is almost as important as protecting the goods in your storage space since damaging the property can result in heavy fines. Storage units are a great way of keeping and protecting property that isn’t being used at the moment. Some people also use these spaces to keep goods that are a part of their business. Some of these cases include furniture refurbishing or flipping furniture. This trade requires the larger, industrial space that a storage unit has to offer.

The best thing that will mutually protect your belongings as well as the storage unit is placing plastic tarp on the floor and walls. Not only does this keep out unwanted pests and help control humidity levels, it also will keep boxes and heavy furniture from scratching the interior of the storage unit. Some people like to use their storage unit to do projects. If you are gluing or painting anything inside of the storage unit, this will also keep those materials from permanently staining the floor walls.

According to the website of Ben White Mini Storage, placing pallets on the floor will help the airflow and moisture that may build up within the storage unit. This will protect your possessions while keeping damage from occurring to the storage unit floor. If there is a spill or leak from the neighboring storage units, this will also help keep your boxes and furniture safe.

Finally, it is always a good idea to bring an extra lock to secure your self-storage space. This extra security measure not only will prevent thieves from entering your unit and stealing your belongings, but will also keep unwanted people from vandalizing the unit. If you are looking for a safe place to store your belongings, consider leasing a self-storage unit in your area. Be sure to research your options and find a safe, clean, and secure facility to best protect your valuable belongings.


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