Even a short fall can lead to big injuries

When you hear that someone tripped and fell on flat ground, you probably think, "Well, at least it wasn't a bad fall, right? It would have been much worse from higher up."While it's true that it's far harder to avoid a serious injury from a long fall, short falls can still be quite dangerous -- particularly for older people and those with pre-existing health conditions.

Consider these facts about falls:

  • One out of every five falls causes a serious injury -- including things like broken bones, hip fractures and traumatic brain injuries.
  • Around 800,000 people are hospitalized due to falls every year -- most of them suffering from broken hips or brain injuries.
  • The vast majority -- 95% -- of hip injuries occur because the victim simply fell sideways.

Tips to follow for keeping the peace with your tenants

Being a landlord can be difficult. You want to remain accessible and friendly to your tenants, but you also don't want to be a pushover.

To avoid conflicts with their tenants (that could easily evolve into legal disputes), here are some of the things landlords can do:

  1. Be clear and consistent about the limits. Written policies are your friend. If there's a written policy on an issue, let your tenants know that you can't grant exceptions so that you discourage any attempt to get special treatment that could cause problems with your other tenants.
  2. Understand your leases. Using a "boilerplate" lease that you found online may be convenient but it could also backfire once you encounter a problem. A lease that is tailored to your situation is always more protective for you and your tenants.
  3. Show empathy when your tenants have a problem. If you give you tenants a voice and try to work with them whenever possible, you may foster good will that could serve you in the future. (And, even if you can't help you tenant out, knowing that they were heard and understanding your reasons for denying their request can sometimes soothe ruffled feelings.)
  4. Keep records. Whether you have one unit or 20, it can be difficult to keep everything straight. Write down any complaints, keep records of any communications and take photos of the property both at the beginning and the end of the rental.

How to preserve evidence in your product liability case

When defective or dangerous products cause consumers significant injuries, they have every right to seek compensation for their losses. But product liability claims rely largely on proving your case through the evidence -- so you want to take steps to preserve it.

Here are the steps you need to take to make sure that you preserve the evidence in your claim and protect your rights:

  1. Do not immediately contact the manufacturer or retailer. When consumers call in with a complaint, they're typically told to return the product, packaging or proof of purchase. Doing that could literally destroy your case. The manufacturer or retailer isn't going to offer to fairly compensate you for your injuries if they can just refund your money.
  2. Preserve the entire product, even if it is only partially intact. If possible, preserve the packaging as well -- and any proof that shows where you purchased the defective item. In particular, the instructions or labels that came with the product could be important down the line. Ideally, only you and your attorney should be able to access the preserved evidence.
  3. Put anybody else with access to the product on notice. If, for example, the defective product is on your car, and the car is in your mechanic's lot, let your mechanic know that the product needs to be preserved as-is, for now.
  4. Keep track of your medical records. You'll want to be able to show proof that the defective product led to significant injuries and how that affected your life.

Are pressure cookers unreasonably dangerous?

Pressure cookers, especially the "Instant Pot," have been a hot-ticket gift item for a couple of years now. Some people love them. But pressure cookers can be somewhat delicate pieces of equipment -- and they can be dangerous.

Experts in the culinary field have offered a warning that anyone with a pressure cooker should heed, "Read the directions." Before you start using a pressure cooker of any kind, you need to know a few things:

  • In order to function, the pot produces steam that could exceed 300 degrees -- which is more than enough to cause serious or fatal burns.
  • Knowing how to properly handle the pot's valve and what signs to look for if trouble starts to develop are essential.
  • It's wise to keep everyone who isn't cooking away from the pressure cooker so that they don't get in your way when you're handling the pot. This includes children and pets.

Walking for exercise? Avoid a dog bite with these tips

The weather is finally starting to warm up, and you're tired of being cooped up inside your home. A daily walk seems like just the ticket you need to keep yourself occupied and healthy.

The only problem is that everyone else has the same idea, and a lot of those walkers bring along their dogs. While most pet owners are responsible, there are always some who think that their dogs shouldn't be restricted by a leash. They don't realize that they're putting other people in danger. However, a loose dog can be prompted to attack anyone they perceive as a threat.

What are some common partnership disputes?

A business partnership is somewhat like a marriage. When the two partners are on the same page about business decisions and other important matters, it can be a good and lucrative union.

But when the two have wildly disparate and divergent ideas and plans for their enterprise, the partnership can go south in a New York minute. Below are four of the most common business disputes that lead to big problems.

What are main types of construction defects?

One of the most stressful things that can happen when you're anticipating the end results of a carefully-planned build or remodel is to find out that you aren't happy with the results. In some cases, construction defects are so serious that they lead to major lawsuits.

What is a construction defect?

Whose liable for a defective product you bought on Amazon?

If you're like most of America, you do a lot of shopping on Amazon. After all, there are few things that you can't find there -- often at a better price than you can purchase locally. The one- and two-day free shipping offers make these consumer goods even more attractive, especially if you don't relish the idea of actually getting dressed and getting in the car to buy what you want in the stores. When a product isn't as-described or is just plain bad, Amazon also makes it easy to return them.

What happens, though, when a product is outright dangerous and defective? If you're injured because of a defective product sold by Amazon, who is responsible for your losses?

New Ikea recall over 3-drawer dressers

If you bought a dresser that had the potential to tip over and kill your child, you would want to know that vital tidbit of information. Yet furniture giant Ikea appears to have dropped the ball recalling their dangerous product.

Six kids died over 10 years from tipped-over dressers. The company initially seemed responsive and recalled millions of the furniture items. They also paid out more than $96 million in settlements. But in 2019, when it became apparent that still another dresser made by the company failed to meet safety standards, Ikea chose to keep on selling their product.

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