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Tenants can sue for injuries on a landlord's property

If you are a tenant and live in a landlord's property, you expect it to be safe for you. When you move in, you write down everything you notice is wrong. However, there may be hazards you don't know about right away or things that have to be repaired over time as you live there.

As a tenant who has suffered an injury, it's important to know if you can hold your landlord liable for what's happened on his or her property. Here are a few things you should know.

What are some important facts about traffic crashes?

When you're in an accident, your body takes a beating. Even if you can walk away from the accident initially, there is a likelihood that you could end up with serious injuries that develop over the next few hours or days.

There are many interesting facts about car accidents that you may not know. Here's a list of interesting facts that you may be interested to learn about:

Vicarious liability: Your right to claim against a hospital

You had always heard about the potential for medical malpractice to impact you, but you never thought it would. You went to the same doctor for years, and even scheduled your surgery with him because you were comfortable with your care.

Come the day of surgery, you found out that your doctor was out and that another surgeon was stepping in. Although you were unhappy about it, you went through with the surgery. You later found out you suffered complications as a result of that surgeon's errors and that he was an employee of that hospital. You worry that the hospital didn't do enough research before hiring him and want to hold it responsible.

The secrets nursing homes hide from potential residents

Not all nursing homes are the kind, loving and watchful facilities you hope they are. Many make mistakes and hire staff members who don't have your loved ones' best interests at heart. Sometimes, there are secrets that nursing homes don't want you to know.

An April 23 news report discussed some of the more serious secrets you could come across when you least expect it, exposing the risks you may face when you put a love one in a nursing home. For example, did you know that some contracts are written so that you can't sue? Instead, they are binding arbitration agreements, which make you settle any problems outside court.

Dangerous stairs lead to injuries every year

There are many reasons why people get hurt on stairs. Perhaps the stairs are too old, or they are uneven and hard to walk on. Whatever the reason is, it's important for the owners of staircases to make sure they are safe for those who use them. Not doing so could lead to injuries and a premises liability lawsuit.

Several causes of trip-and-fall or slip-and-fall accidents can be avoided. For example, angled stairs have surfaces that are smaller on one end than the other. If someone steps incorrectly, he or she could slide off the stair and fall. If that happens, he or she could suffer serious injuries. Avoiding this hazard isn't always easy, but having a warning sign and tread on the stairs helps.

Medical malpractice cases: Show your losses

Normally, people go to their doctors or the hospital because they want to get well. They expect that they'll receive expert treatment; after all, doctors and nurses study for years to get where they are now.

The sad truth is that not all medical providers treat patients the same. Many don't have the same backgrounds in medicine, so you have to be cautious about who you choose to be your medical provider and hope that the medical provider will pass your case onto a colleague if he or she is not a good fit to treat you.

Nurses and aide face murder charges for patient death

Nursing home abuse is one of the most terrible things to hear about. You put your loved ones a nursing home to make sure they get the care they need. Finding out that nurses mocked them or allowed them to go without assistance is devastating.

Sometimes, people work in medicine that should never do so. Take, for example, this news report about nurses and an aide who were caught laughing as a World War II vet struggled to breathe. The two nurses have been indicted for the death of the man after a video showed them laughing while he struggled to breath and sought help.

Why do hit-and-run drivers leave the scene?

It's hard to imagine leaving the scene of a car crash when someone could be hurt. Most people stop immediately and do what they can to help. Not only do most people feel guilty or responsible for making sure the other person gets medical treatment, but everyone has been taught to stay at the scene since that's the law.

Some people defy logic and flee the scene, though. Fortunately, many of these people come to the police station on their own to turn themselves in or get caught. As a result, the victims are able to claim compensation they may otherwise not have been able to obtain.

Slip-and-fall accidents could be fatal to nursing home residents

When you think of filing a claim against a nursing home, you're probably thinking of medical malpractice or negligence. You may also run into another problem, though, which could instead involve premises liability.

Imagine if you're coming to visit your loved one at the nursing home. You notice that the sidewalks haven't been taken care of, and they're breaking down. There's slick spots because of gravel, and the ground is falling away from the main path. That's a hazard for anyone in good health, let alone those who may not be as mobile as they were in their youth.

Patients: Don't stand for medical malpractice, get help

Medical malpractice takes place when the standard of care expected by the medical community is not met. A violation of the standard of care could lead to patient injuries, which are then compensable by law.

In order for a medical malpractice lawsuit to work in favor of the victim, he or she needs to show that the injuries he or she has suffered were caused by negligence or errors. You may need to speak with another medical professional to get his or her expert opinion on your case and to testify on your behalf.

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