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Fall Injuries Deadlier Than Car Crashes

Injuries caused by slips and falls can be severe and serious, including knee and ankle injuries, broken hips, broken wrists and arms, back and spine injuries, head and brain injuries and even death. 

A recent study over a 5-year period, from 2009 to 2013, found that FALLS were the No. 2 cause of fatal injuries in Hawaii (The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, June 9, 2014).  There were more people killed from falls (685) than from motor vehicle accidents (618) for that period.

We at SHIM & CHANG have represented many clients in slip & fall cases where unsafe conditions (see below) were the reason for the fall. 

  • Unsafe steps (i.e. single step-downs; uneven steps)
  • Poorly lit areas
  • Cluttered walkways and stairwells
  • Wet, slippery or smooth floors or steps
  • Uneven or deteriorating walkways or sidewalks
  • Slippery or uneven metal plates
  • Tree roots
  • Cords or wires on the ground
  • Wet store aisles
  • Unsafe balconies or railings
  • Potholes in parking lots and uncovered holes
  • Inadequate or improper maintenance of a property
  • Unmarked wheel-stops or speed bumps.

Property owners are required by law to provide a safe environment for anyone on or using their premises.  This includes even public sidewalks.  If private or commercial property owners, or even the government, do not keep their premises free of danger and serious injuries result, they can and should be held liable.

Slip and fall injuries can cause severe financial strain on the family, and the negligent party should be held financially responsible for damages, including all medical bills, ambulance bills, rehabilitation, future medical treatments, lost wages and other financial losses, as well as pain, suffering and physical disability.  SHIM & CHANG is committed to protecting your right to be fairly compensated for all your losses, and to holding owners and the government accountable, in order to prevent anyone else from also getting injured.

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