Personal Injury

Personal Injury: Premises Liability

When someone spends time on another individual’s property, they should be able to expect that the property has been properly maintained according to safety standards. For example, when you shop, visit an apartment complex, or visit a business’s office, you entrust you safety to the property owner or manager of the entity. Though many owners and managers do uphold safety standards, many others cut corners to avoid maintenance and repair costs. Failure to uphold standards may not immediately result in harm, but repeated negligence often results in injury.

Categories of premises liability

As the Milwaukee personal injury attorneys at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. explain, injured individuals are sometimes able to claim financial compensation for their suffering by filing a personal injury lawsuit. Examples of cases that fall under the category of “premises liability” include the following:

  • Slip and fall accidents: covers injuries sustained as a result of slipping or tripping hazards that were left unattended by the property owner
  • Elevator/escalator injuries: covers injuries sustained from malfunctioning elevators or escalators
  • Porch collapse: often results from an owner/manager’s failure to properly maintain and inspect a porch
  • Stair collapse: results from improper repair and maintenance procedure
  • Fires: covers damage done by a property owner/manager’s neglect of building regulation and safety codes, which mandate that each building be properly equipped with safety tools
  • Lead paint poisoning: lead paint has been banned in commercial buildings since 1978, and building managers are responsible for replacing this dangerous paint with an alternative
  • Mercury poisoning: can result from consumption of certain types of fish or exposure to certain types of products and appliances
  • Swimming pool injuries: claims may be related to improper pool maintenance or supervision
  • Legionnaires’ disease: an extremely dangerous respiratory infection that stems from water-borne bacteria. Infection only occurs when water is inhaled in vapor or mist form, so common sources of contamination are cooling towers, air conditioning systems, spas, fountains, and other large water features.
Read More

Understanding The Effects of Mercury Poisoning

Mercury is the most fatal, non-radioactive and naturally occurring substance on the planet. There is no safe level of mercury because even a single atom can prove lethal to your body. It is found in the air, water, and soil. According to the website of Abel Law Firm, whether in its liquid or gaseous form, mercury exposure can cause serious illness to humans.

Mercury is found in the fish we eat whether caught in the lake or bought in a grocery store. It is also found in some of the products we use, in the home, at the dentist, or at school. Fishes and shellfishes are the main source of methylmercury exposure to humans. The level of mercury contamination in fish and shellfish depend on what they eat, their lifespan, and their level in the food chain.

High level mercury exposure can harm the brain, heart, kidney, lungs, and immune system. Methyl mercury in the bloodstream of unborn babies and young children can cause harm to the developing nervous system, which can slow down the child’s ability to think and learn. Aside from that, mercury poisoning can impair the peripheral vision and may result to lack of coordination, impairment of speech, hearing, walking, and muscle weakness.

The National Institute of Health reveals that the effect of mercury poisoning is a slow process that takes months or years. For this reason, most people do not know that they are being poisoned right away. Some of the effects of mercury may include neurological and chromosomal problems such as:

  • Uncontrollable shaking or tremor
  • Numbness or pain in certain parts of the skin
  • Blindness and double vision
  • Inability to walk well
  • Memory problems
  • Seizures
  • Deaths with large exposures
  • The health effects of mercury are dependent on several factors which may
  • include the following:
  • The form of mercury
  • Amount of mercury in the exposure
  • Age of the person exposed
  • How long the exposure lasts
  • The manner of exposure such as breathing, eating, skin contact, etc
  • Health of the person exposed

When you or your loved one has been exposed to mercury, you need to consult the doctor right away.

Read More

Recent Comments