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Why are seniors more susceptible to falls?

If you identify as a senior and live in California, your chance of suffering an injury relating to a slip or fall is considerably higher than that of the rest of the state’s population. Your risk of taking a tumble is so significant, in fact, that falls are the single-largest cause of injury, fatality and hospital visits among older Americans like you.

There are a number of reasons that you are more likely to fall and suffer injury as an older person. Many falls result from environmental circumstances, such as loose carpeting, poor lighting or insufficient handrails. As a senior, you may have poor vision or balance, or weak muscles, which may make these environmental hazards more difficult to navigate or avoid.

Conductor sues Union Pacific for dangerous condition at workplace

A conductor for Union Pacific Railway Co. has filed a lawsuit against his employer for failing to provide a safe working environment. The conductor filed the lawsuit at the end of May, about two months after he slipped and fell on a platform for the rail car he was working on. The conductor was trying to switch railroad cars, but a slippery substance on the platform caused him to slip and fall.

He suffered serious injuries as a result of the fall, include injuries to his neck, back, ankles and knees. The injuries were not fully described, but they were allegedly "disabling" according to the complaint. The lawsuit goes on to allege that Union Pacific failed to provide a safe place to work, failing to inspect its cars and appurtenances, and failing to warn of unsafe conditions. The lawsuit seeks compensatory damages for the pain and suffering of the plaintiff.

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Hello, and thank you for taking the time to visit the Hildebrand McLeod Nelson blog page. For more than 90 years, attorneys at our firm have been helping injured railroad workers and their families file for injury compensation under the Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA). But we are more than just a FELA law firm. We also represent people injured in any kind of accident caused by another party's negligence, including injuries from motor vehicle accidents, property owner negligence and defective and dangerous products. The goal of this blog is to educate and inform. We will keep the page updated with relevant stories about FELA, workers compensation and personal injury litigation, from a local and national perspective. 

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