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What Can Cause a Slip and Fall Accident?

Have you been involved in a slip and fall accident?

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While slips and falls are not the primary cause of fatal occupational injuries, they are the leading cause of lost days from work, and they cause about half of all accidental home deaths. Pixabay

According to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), which is a non-profit that was established to prevent slips, trips, and falls using education, research, and standards development, slips and falls lead to one million emergency room visits in the United States every year. While slip and fall are not the primary cause of fatal occupational injuries, they are the leading cause of lost days from work, and they cause about half of all accidental home deaths.

Fractures (and hip fractures in particular) are a common consequence of falls, and they occur in about 5% of all people who suffer a fall. Furthermore, falls and fractures are more common in elderly individuals, and about half of all elderly adults who suffer a fall and a fracture are unable to return home or even live independently after suffering the fall.

These are alarming facts and figures, so we must ask ourselves: What are the fundamental reasons for slip and fall accidents?

Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents

The most common causes of slip and fall accidents are as below: 

Surfaces That Are Wet or Uneven 

Potholes, carpeting that is not properly installed, loose mats, changes in floor material, loose floorboards, cluttered floors, and uneven flooring or sidewalks can lead to slips and falls. Even at slow walking speeds, a change in surface friction or a change in traction can lead to a nasty fall, broken bones, and other forms of personal injury.

Weather Conditions

Hazardous weather conditions such as rain, sleet, and snow can lead to outdoor slips and falls. Property owners and city municipalities have a responsibility to keep streets and the various walkways used by pedestrians on the property in question clean and clear of slip and fall hazards.

A Lack of Training

Many workplace slips and falls occur as a result of improper training, especially in the manufacturing and construction fields and in factories and warehouses. These industries often require workers to walk back and forth between stockpiles of inventory or between workstations and across narrow, poorly-lit, or slippery surfaces.

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Fractures (and hip fractures in particular) are a common consequence of falls, and they occur in about 5% of all people who suffer a fall. Pixabay

Neglect in Elderly Care Facilities

Although it may not be obvious at first, neglect in the likes of nursing homes and other elderly care facilities are a leading cause of slips and falls since they involve the demographic that is at the highest risk of slips and falls, to begin with. If the administrators of nursing homes and elderly care facilities fail to satisfactorily monitor and assist their residents, slips and falls are all the more likely to occur.

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Get Help

Have you been involved in a slip and fall accident? Speak to a slip and fall accident lawyer today. Depending on where and how your accident occurred, anyone from a property owner, business owner, employer, city municipality, or a maintenance contractor can potentially be held liable for your accident and for the injuries and damages you suffer as a result. Call today for a private consultation about the laws that apply to your specific case and to learn more about filing a claim.

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Every Hospital in US May Treat COVID-19 Patients: Health Human Service Agency

“Health care workers feel like they’re at war right now,” a New York hospital administrator told the investigators.

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The most common COVID-19 symptoms in children are shortness of breath, fever and cough. Pixabay

Every hospital in the United States may soon be treating coronavirus cases, the government’s Health and Human Services agency says in a new report.

Right now, three out of four hospitals are treating confirmed or suspected cases and are dealing with such problems as shortages of equipment, not enough protective gear for doctors and nurses, and hospital workers who are burned out and worried about their own safety.

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“Health care workers feel like they’re at war right now,” a New York hospital administrator told the investigators. “They are seeing people in their 30s, 40s, 50s dying…this takes a large emotional toll.”  

In another new government report, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued its first study Monday on coronavirus in kids — the largest such U.S. study so far during the outbreak.

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Gilead Sciences CEO Daniel O’Day speaks at a meeting with President Donald Trump, members of the COVID-19 Task Force, and pharmaceutical executives in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. VOA

It says children make up only 1.7% of U.S. coronavirus cases and while the illness is generally mild in kids, some do require hospitalization. Three children are known to have died from coronavirus.

The most common COVID-19 symptoms in children are shortness of breath, fever and cough. The number of cases has been slightly higher in boys than in girls.  

The results in the U.S. study are similar to the same kind of study in China and says social distancing by all ages is highly recommended.

Meanwhile, the National Institutes of Health, another federal agency, says it is expending its study into a drug called remdesivir, which successfully treated other coronaviruses, SARS and MERS, in animal tests.

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Remdesivir was given intravenously and when given early enough, it prevented infection and lessened the severity of the diseases.

The NIH is currently testing the drug on more than 400 human patients while its manufacturer, California-based Gilead Sciences, has given it to 1700 patients.

Dr. Libby Hohmann of Massachusetts General Hospital says she would enroll members of her family in the studies “in a heartbeat,” saying the lack of approved medications for COVID-19 is “terrifying”.

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Medical personnel assigned to the hospital ship USNS Mercy docked at the Port of Los Angeles treat a non-COVID-19 patient from a Los Angeles-area medical facility. VOA

U.S. President Donald Trump said at Monday’s coronavirus briefing that he told New York Governor Andrew Cuomo that the Navy hospital ship, the USNS Comfort, can now be used for treating COVID patients from New York and New Jersey,

The Comfort is docked in New York Harbor.

Trump deployed the ship last month to take some of the pressure off New York hospitals treating non-coronavirus patients.

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But with so few needing treatment for other illnesses at this time, the ship also will now be used for COVID-19 patients.

Cuomo calls it a “welcome relief.” 

Israel will be on complete lockdown during the Passover holiday which begins Wednesday night, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Monday.

“Every family will sit down for Seder night on its own. Celebrate only with the immediate family that’s at home with you now,” Netanyahu said in a nationally televised message. He had earlier announced a lockdown for Easter and Ramadan later this month. 

A group of 24 current and former diplomats, including a U.S. secretary of state and two former defense chiefs, say they want President Trump to suspend some sanctions against Iran, which has the worst coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East – more than 60,000 cases.

They say they are not asking Trump to lift the sanctions, just ease them so Iran can get the tools, training, and aid it needs to fight the virus. 

Easing the sanctions “could potentially save the lives of hundreds of thousands of ordinary Iranians and, by helping to curb the virus’s rapid spread across borders, the lives of its neighbors, Europeans, Americans and others,” the diplomats say. “Reaching across borders to save lives is imperative for our own security and must override political differences among governments,” it adds.

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Signatories include the former US secretary of state Madeleine Albright, former US defense secretaries William Cohen and Chuck Hagel, and former NATO Secretary General George Robertson.

The Trump administration has resisted earlier calls to ease sanctions on Iran. (VOA)