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Inadequate lighting and security can result in premises liability

For many people, the term "premises liability" conjures mental images of dramatic slip-and-fall accidents. While that is one significant source of liability for business owners, it is not the only issue. Businesses open to the public and landlords of all kinds also incur premises liability for any injury related to inadequate maintenance of a property.

Negligence on the part of a landlord or a business can lead to serious ramifications for visitors and tenants. One such risk, experienced all too often by people in Austin, is the potential for violence and crime in areas without adequate lighting or security systems. If you suffered serious injuries or property loss as the result of a crime that occurred on someone else's property, you may have legal grounds to seek compensation from the property owner, landlord or business owner.

Broken bones from a car accident are not a minor injury

Crashes between two or more motor vehicles present a serious risk of injury. For the people involved in these collisions, medical consequences can include spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries and even death. When the crash involves multiple vehicles or a large commercial truck, the potential for severe and even fatal injuries often increases.

It makes sense, then, that people who walk away from a crash with only a broken bone may feel like they are lucky. After all, broken bones knit over time, and most people with such an injury can return to work after a few weeks or perhaps a few months of recovery time. For those who work in offices or customer service, an immediate return to work may be possible. However, broken bones can have profound and lasting consequences for people involved in car crashes.

You can do things to prevent a bicycle-car accident

If you enjoy riding your bicycle, just the same as many in and around Austin, it's imperative that your safety always comes first. While you may be sure of the things you can do to protect yourself, don't forget that drivers don't always take as much caution.

There are things you can do as a bicyclist to prevent an accident with a motor vehicle, including the following:

  • Make eye contact: Don't assume that drivers will know what you're thinking. Don't assume they will take extreme caution as a means of keeping you safe. When you make eye contact and use hand signals, you'll feel better about sharing the road.
  • Watch for doors: It's so easy to focus all your attention on moving vehicles that you overlook those that are parked. If a door swings open into your path, you may not have enough time to react. This can result in a fast paced head-on crash.
  • Right turns put you at risk: When a driver makes a right turn, they may not see you traveling on your bike. Depending on your proximity to one another, this can result in a serious accident. As you approach intersections, always look over your left shoulder for a vehicle that may be turning right.
  • Take advantage of bicycle lanes: If you have access to a bicycle lane you should spend most your time riding here. There may be times when you have no choice but to consider other options, such as riding in traffic with motor vehicles, but the bike lane is where you really want to be.

Anesthesia mistakes can prove fatal for the patient

The idea of going under the knife for a surgery can make most people relatively nervous. However, the part of the surgery that people fixate on is rarely the most dangerous component. People worry about getting cut open, when there is very little risk to that process in a controlled setting.

The doctor in charge of your surgery will have plenty of experience with carefully performing the operation and minimizing the damage to your tissues. There are also many safeguards in place, from monitoring by nurses to safety checklists that further reduce the risk of a serious mistake in a surgery.

Driving too close to commercial trucks can put you at risk

Driving safely means managing multiple risk factors every time you hit the road. Of course, you already know that you need to monitor your vehicle for safety issues, such as the potential for your engine to overheat. You also need to pay close attention to other people on the road.

Watching out for drivers who are swerving or otherwise driving erratically is an important safety precaution. Similarly, you should make sure that you always give commercial trucks a wide berth. Driving too close to them could increase your risk of a crash, and as a smaller vehicle, you will likely suffer worse damages than the commercial truck.

How paralysis from a car crash changes your life in Texas

Car crashes happen every day in the state of Texas. Some of them are minor, with nothing more than property damage and maybe some bruising to the people involved. Others are more significant, causing massive injury and even death.

One of the more severe injuries people can suffer after a major collision is the spinal cord injury leading to paralysis. Some people can also develop partial paralysis or other mobility issues as a result of traumatic brain injuries. Regardless of whether you injured your head or your back, a paralyzing injury that affects your mobility can completely change your life.

Can you receive compensation after a dog bite attack in Texas?

Dogs are one of the most popular domesticated pets in the country. Millions of people in the United States and hundreds of thousands of people in Texas alone own a dog. Most of the time, these companion animals behave themselves well and present no real threat to the general public.

However, some dogs are vicious or unstable in nature. Other dogs are intentionally mistreated and abused by their owners to produce aggressive behaviors. Whether a dog was a pet who just snapped or was a dog intentionally trained to viciousness, when your family ends up victimized by an aggressive animal, you need to know your rights in the state of Texas.

How wrongful death suits protect your family after a tragedy

Losing a loved one unexpectedly in a car crash or other accident is heartbreaking. Typically, you won't have a chance to say goodbye or tie up loose ends with your loved one. Instead, they simply don't come home one day. You're left to deal with planning a funeral and figuring out how to move on with your life after such as sudden loss.

Grief is a strong emotion, and it's common for people in the throes of grief to overlook practical concerns, like reduced income or the expenses associated with emergency medical care and a funeral. When someone else caused the death of your loved one, whether through negligence in caring for a property or by driving while drunk or texting at the wheel, you may be able to pursue compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit.

Medical mistakes in surgery can prove devastating for patients

You trust your doctor with your health, quality of life and even your life itself. This is especially true when you need to go in for surgery. Whether it's the removal of a tumor, the correction of a valve problem in your heart or even a joint replacement, surgeries are risky, invasive medical procedures that can cause a host of issues, even if properly performed.

Sadly, medical mistakes in surgery are actually quite common. For the patients who end up hurt due to a doctor's mistake or negligence, the ongoing costs can include medical expenses, increased pain levels, longer recovery times and even a worse prognosis for the condition. Patients may need to carefully examine what happened to determine if the event constitutes medical malpractice.

Pedestrians hit by motor vehicles often suffer fatal injuries

Cars, trucks and SUVs can make life so much simpler. Instead of needing to plan your life around the availability of public transportation or budgeting to pay for taxi or ride share services, you can simply jump in your vehicle and hit the road when you have somewhere to go.

However, the flip side of that instant convenience is the ongoing risk of an accident. Motor vehicles can cause severe injury or death to others, particularly when they strike a pedestrian instead of another vehicle.

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