A study published in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine has shown that over 1 million Americans are involved in stairway accidents each year, costing in the aggregate approximately $92 billion in medical bills and other direct and indirect expenses. Residents of West Virginia, no matter their age, should take note because over two thirds of those treated in emergency rooms were between 11 and 60, which is a fairly wide age range.
Chemical burns can happen in several different types of situations. One that is more common than many West Virginia residents might believe is the accidental ingestion of caustic chemicals by restaurant patrons. Indeed, estimates put the number of people injured by eating or drinking chemicals between 5,000 and 15,000 per year nationwide.
West Virginia companies may be seriously underestimating the risk of slip and fall injuries at their locations, a study indicates. The author of the study notes that many employers are exposed to significant liability risks and costs due to underestimating the risks of floor safety and failing to address high-risk zones.
West Virginia business owners are expected to do all that they reasonably can to protect their visitors and other members of the public from harm. Meeting this duty of care generally involves ensuring that facilities are adequately maintained, properly signposted and safe, but additional safeguards should be followed in establishments where alcohol is served. Bars, restaurants and nightclubs can be sued when accidents and injuries are caused by individuals who had been served alcohol despite showing obvious signs of intoxication, and criminal sanctions are possible when lives have been lost.
West Virginia readers may have heard that an 18-year-old man was killed at the Ohio State Fair on July 26 when part of an amusement ride snapped off, sending riders flying into the air. Seven other people were injured in the accident.
West Virginia apartment residents may not even consider whether or not their buildings have fire sprinklers installed. The lack of a sprinkler system came as a surprise to one Honolulu family after a fire in their apartment building resulted in several deaths. The family reported that they hadn't even considered if sprinklers had been installed. After the Honolulu fire and others in major cities across the United States, the lack of this basic safety system has become a growing concern.
West Virginia residents who suffer an ankle injury in a fall may have a long recovery period or could have permanent damage. There are a number of different types of injuries that may happen to the ankle. Three bones make up the ankle, and any of these could be fractured. Some ankle fractures might involve injury to the lower leg bone. This is the type of injury that might leave permanent limitations to the ankle's function.
Thousands of West Virginia residents visit water parks each year, and they rely on park operators to do all that they reasonably can to prevent accidents, injuries and illnesses. An 18-year-old Ohio woman lost her life after coming into contact with a deadly amoeba during a visit to a North Carolina waterpark in June 2016, and her family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the park seeking damages in excess of $1 million. According to reports, the lawsuit was filed in Columbus on June 19.
Amusement park rides across the United States attract millions of visitors each year. Most are looking for the thrill and inherent danger of high-speed roller coasters and plummeting water rafts. While these rides are fun, they present a very real risk of serious injury or death to riders, and accident liability is foremost on the minds of managers in the industry. It may also be prudent for West Virginia park visitors to have some idea of the potential issues in case an accident does occur.
West Virginia residents who remember the 2013 building collapse in Philadelphia might approve of the $227 million settlement awarded to victims. The tragedy that killed seven people and injured 12 more involved a building under demolition falling on a one-story Salvation Army thrift store. The arbitrator chose to give the largest portion of the settlement, $95.6 million, to one victim in particular, a 55-year-old woman who suffered catastrophic injuries.