Alwyn Fredericks chaired the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association’s Annual 2017 Auto Torts Workshop in Mirimar Beach, Florida.
Nursing homes, including assisted living facilities, care for the elderly and people with special needs who require long-term continuous medical care. The decision to place a family member in a nursing home can be extremely difficult for the family. Today, approximately 1.3 million people live in nursing homes throughout the United States.
Sometimes patients in nursing homes or assisted living facilities are abused or neglected. In especially horrific circumstances, the patients can even be sexually abused by another patient or nursing home staff. Negligent supervision of employees or other patients can result in abuse to your loved one in a nursing home.
How do I Know if My Loved One is Experiencing Nursing Home Abuse?
It is difficult sometimes to determine if your loved one is experiencing nursing home abuse because of his or her own health issues or inability to communicate effectively. This can be especially difficult if your relative is suffering from dementia, Alzheimer’s, or other memory loss, as he or she may not be able to tell you if they have experienced abuse. Instead you will need to observe and review your loved one’s overall care and well-being to make your own determination.
Below is a list of injuries that are often seen in nursing home abuse cases. While not all-inclusive, use your best judgment when you notice repeat injuries that cannot be explained, such as:
- Broken bones or fractures
- Bruises or cuts
- Injuries from the application of restraints
- Mental or emotional fatigue
- Poor hygiene
- Unexplained weight loss
Where to Get Help
AARP, a non-profit organization active in issues that affect the elderly, is an excellent resource for families dealing with nursing home abuse and neglect issues. Visit their website at www.aarp.com for more information.
Are You or a Family Member a Victim of Nursing Home Abuse? Contact Atlanta’s Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
Atlanta’s Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers are available 24/7 to help you seek compensation when your loved one has experienced abuse in a nursing home or assisted living facility. Nursing home abuse often occurs by professionals who care for your loved one. The best way to protect your loved one is to be aware of the signs and symptoms of nursing home abuse and act as soon as possible. If you are a victim of nursing home abuse or suspect your family member is a victim, contact Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers at Cash, Krugler & Fredericks to schedule a free consultation to examine your case and discuss your options.
Atlanta’s Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers represent victims of serious injuries because of the negligence or intentional misconduct of others. Specializing in auto and trucking accidents, spinal cord injuries, elevator accidents, brain injuries, medical malpractice, defective products, and premise liability matters, we can help you, too. Contact the Atlanta Law Firm Cash Krugler & Fredericks to schedule a comprehensive review of your claim or call us at (404) 659-1710.
During the summer, many people and outdoor enthusiasts flock to the outdoors to explore nature. Whether planning a family adventure or the kids are being sent to camp for a few weeks, campers are often required to sign campground liability waiver forms. This form is actually a contract by which the camp operator and camper agree to submit disputes to a specific forum and limit liability before any accident or injury occurs.
Negligence actions arise when one party fails to use reasonable care, resulting in damages to another person or property. Campgrounds owe a duty of care to campers using the campground facilities and property. If the campground fails to reasonably maintain its facilities and property, and an injury occurs, the injured camper may be entitled to compensation for his or her injuries. A liability waiver, however, may attempt to limit or bar any recovery and also may designate the forum where the dispute can be heard, including requiring arbitration rather than allowing the injured party to file suit in a traditional court.
Enforceability of Liability Waivers
Before entering a campground or enrolling your children in summer camp, campers may be asked to sign a campground liability waiver. The waiver is a contract that the campground and camper enter voluntarily that often limits or prevents recoveries for injuries outright under the theory that by signing the waiver the camper assumed the risk of injury. Sometimes these waivers are enforceable in court, so it is important that the camper and/or parents consult with an experienced premise liability attorney to understand his or her rights and ability to recover for damages sustained if such a liability waiver is signed.
Challenging Liability Waivers
Liability waivers are difficult to challenge. When a camper signs a liability waiver, he or she is actually acknowledging that there are risks to engaging in activities at the camp that are dangerous and can cause injury. These liability waivers however may be unenforceable depending on the actions or inactions that led to the injury, especially if the campgrounds, camp operator, and/or staff acted maliciously or intentionally.
In 2015, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ran an article following its investigation into summer camps, and explained that many summer camps are exempt from state regulation in Georgia. This means these exempt camps can avoid state inspections and do not have to perform criminal background checks for staff and other employees. For a list of exempt summer camps, visit myAJC.com.
Have You been Injured in a Campground Accident? Contact Atlanta’s Premises Liability Lawyers
Injuries at campgrounds or recreation centers are common and can lead to life-long challenges for those injured. It is important when visiting different camps and campgrounds and when asked to sign a liability waiver, that you understand what it is you may be signing away. Even if you signed a liability waiver form, contact Atlanta’s Premises Liability Lawyers at Cash, Krugler & Fredericks to schedule a free consultation to examine your case and discuss your options.
Atlanta Law Firm Cash, Krugler & Fredericks represents victims of serious injuries because of the negligence or intentional misconduct of others. Specializing in auto and trucking accidents, spinal cord injuries, elevator accidents, brain injuries, medical malpractice, defective products, and premise liability matters, we are here for you. Contact the Atlanta Law Firm Cash Krugler & Fredericks to schedule a comprehensive review of your claim or call us at (404) 659-1710.
People frequent gyms and fitness centers in an effort to improve their overall health and up their fitness game. In addition to other gym patrons and staff, there is a great deal of exercise equipment and hazardous conditions that may lead to accidents if not addressed and the areas are not properly maintained.
Getting injured is an increasingly common occurrence in gyms. Gym patrons or guests can slip and fall on slippery surfaces, get injured using faulty gym equipment, or have an accident on a staircase or elevator.
Common Types of Gym Accidents and How to Avoid Them
- Malfunctioning Equipment: Gyms contain equipment, like elliptical machines, treadmills, spinning bikes, or weight lifting machines that, if not properly maintained, can lead to any number of injuries. Make sure that the equipment you use to work out is properly maintained and in good functioning order before you use it. If you are unsure of how the equipment should be used, consult gym staff on the proper use to avoid injuries. If lifting heavy free weights consider asking staff or other patrons to provide you with a “spot.”
- High Intensity Exercise Classes: There are many classes like CrossFit, boot camps, or spinning classes that may increase the risk of injury if you do not exercise regularly. While keeping up with the instructor is an unspoken rule during these types of classes, you must go at your own safe pace. Particularly if you suffer from health or physical problems that affect your ability to exercise at an intense level, seek medical approval to engage in strenuous exercise and go slow until you build endurance.
- Infections: Gyms and pools are magnets for bacteria that spread quickly and infect people. Wipe down gym equipment before and after use and use flip flops or water shoes in showers and locker rooms. Common infections like athlete’s foot, warts, and waterborne infections are prevalent in most gyms. Remember to shower before and after using the pool.
- Slip and Falls: Gyms and pools are wet and it is easy to slip and fall if patrons do not pay attention to hazards. The same is true for accidents on stairwells or from malfunctioning elevators. There is also a lot of equipment, like free weights and other items on the floor, that can be a hazard. Be mindful and aware of your surroundings.
Gyms Owe a Duty of Care to Patrons
Gyms owe a duty of care to patrons and visitors of their premises. If a fitness center fails to adequately maintain the equipment and/or fails to fix or warn of hazards, and a patron or guest is injured as a result, the gym may be liable to the injured party for his or her injuries.
Injured in a Gym or Fitness Center? Contact Atlanta’s Premises Liability Lawyers
If you are injured at a gym or fitness center, contact Atlanta’s Premises Liability Lawyers at Cash, Krugler & Fredericks to schedule a free consultation to examine your case and discuss your options.
Atlanta Law Firm Cash, Krugler & Fredericks represents victims of serious injuries because of the negligence or intentional misconduct of others. Specializing in auto and trucking accidents, spinal cord injuries, elevator accidents, brain injuries, medical malpractice, defective products, and premise liability matters, we can help you. Contact the Atlanta Law Firm Cash Krugler & Fredericks to schedule a comprehensive of your claim or call us at (404) 659-1710.
With kids out of school and families taking vacations, many choose to visit a theme or amusement park. Approximately, 335 million people visit theme parks annually, according to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. There are 405 amusement parks in the United States, including water parks, zoos, aquariums, and science centers.
While amusement and theme parks can be extremely fun for visitors, they can also pose serious risks for all types of injuries – turning visitors into victims. Accidents like slip and falls, getting injured on an elevator or escalator, or even accidental drownings are not only possible but happen more often than they should at amusement and theme parks. Given the heightened dangers associated with these parks, many times accidents result in serious injury or death. All too often these accidents are the result of the park’s negligence and could have been easily prevented.
Amusement and Theme Parks Owe a Duty of Care to Park Visitors
Amusement and theme parks, including those found in Georgia, are largely regulated by state and local governments. These parks owe a duty of reasonable care to the visitors, and if they fail to take the proper steps to protect guests or visitors and an injury occurs, the injured party may have a cause of action against the park and its employees for compensation for his or her injuries.
Common Types of Amusement and Theme Park Accidents
Nationwide, there have been many injuries and casualties as a result of park accidents. While not exhaustive, below is a list of common accidents and injuries that can and do occur:
- Failing to properly secure passengers resulting in a fall
- Roller coaster carriage collision
- Roller coaster derailment and carriages jumping off the track
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Cardiac arrest
- Assaults and shootings
Injured at an Amusement or Theme Park? Contact Atlanta’s Premises Liability Lawyers
If you suffered injuries while visiting a theme park, contact Atlanta’s Premises Liability attorneys at Cash, Krugler & Fredericks right away. Our firm has helped victims of such incidents successfully recover full and fair settlements and verdicts for their damages.
Atlanta Law Firm Cash, Krugler & Fredericks represents victims of serious injuries because of the negligence or intentional misconduct of others. Specializing in premise liability matters, auto and trucking accidents, spinal cord injuries, elevator accidents, brain injuries, medical malpractice, and defective products, we can help you, too. Contact the Atlanta Law Firm Cash Krugler & Fredericks to schedule a comprehensive review of your claim or call us at (404) 659-1710.