When compared with a car accident or an accident involving a piece of machinery, people in Kansas City may be tempted not to think of a slip and fall as a major ordeal. Particularly if the fall is from the same height, it may just seem that the worst case scenario is some embarrassment and maybe a bruise or two.
Because it attracted the notice of the national news media, a crane accident which left four people, including a young college student and two construction workers, dead may have come to the attention of Kansas City residents.
Traditionally, all states allowed victims of accidents to pursue compensation only if they had no role in causing the accident. This legal doctrine, known as contributory negligence, could lead to some very harsh results. For instance, even someone with a very minor role in their own accident could wind up getting no help with medical bills, lost wages, and the like, at least not from the person primarily responsible for the accident.
In another part of Missouri, a four-year-old died in a tragic accident at his preschool. According to reports, the children were doing physical education at an Early Childhood Center, which is a preschool that is operated by public funds. The place where the children were doing their exercises served more than one purpose in that it was also the school's cafeteria.
A previous post on this blog talked about what families in the Kansas City area can do if their loved one in a nursing home or other assisted living facility, or even in an in-home care program, winds up getting neglected or abused. The upshot was that, in addition to reporting the misconduct to regulators, families can consider filing a personal injury case against those responsible.
Many families in the Kansas City area, on both sides of the Missouri River, must trust their loved ones to the care of a nursing home, and assisted living facility or to some other individual or organization that provides professional medical and personal care.
As many residents of Kansas City probably know by now, the electronic scooters which first came on the scene in other states can now be found nesting near some of the city's most popular hangout spots.
Like other states, both Missouri and Kansas have workers' compensation programs. This means that if a worker in the Kansas City area gets hurt on the job, she in theory will have relatively easy access to workers' compensation benefits.
If one thinks about it, a lot of accidents happen each day in the Kansas City area in which at least one person gets seriously or at least significantly injured. These accidents come in all different shapes and sizes and can happen on the road, at work, while out and about and just about anywhere.
While it may be an exaggeration to call shopping a full contact sport like football, the reality is that Kansas City residents who set out to one of the area's many brick and mortar stores, whether they are in shopping centers, indoor malls or standalone structures, are exposing themselves to the possibility of being hurt.