Slips, Trips, Missteps, and Their Consequences

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Lawyers & Judges Publishing Company, 2007 - Law - 375 pages
Falls are the second leading cause of accidental deaths in the United States, but are overlooked in most literature. Of use to primary care physicians, nurses, insurance adjusters, architects, writers of building codes, attorneys, or anyone who cares for the elderly, this book will tell you how, why, and when people will likely fall, what most likely will be injured, and how such injuries come about. Use this book to answer your questions on how to determine fault and liability between the plaintiff and the defendant in a slip and fall case, applying the traditional premises liability model. The included case studies and examples will help you understand the mechanics and causes of these accidents. The book includes a chapter on osteoporosis and other biomedical factors that cause falls. With the very useful Fall Prevention Manual that is included, you will find potential trouble areas around a building before an accident occurs. Falls and Related Injuries is peerless in its handling of an important and overlooked subject.

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Gary M. Bakken is founder (1981) and principal of Analytica Systems International, Inc. (ASI), a firm established to promote human factors/ergonomics and safety based systems design. Dr. Bakken, a certified professional ergonomist, received his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Arizona State University in 1969. He received a Master of Science in safety from Central Missouri State University in 1974. Dr. Bakken obtained his Ph.D. in industrial engineering from Texas Tech University in 1983, where he specialized in human factors/ergonomics. Dr. Bakken has held many progressively more responsible positions in the United States Air Force, industry and academics. Dr. Bakken has been qualified as an expert witness in hundreds of litigated matters since he founded ASI. His unique educational and experiential background, combined with his meticulous attention to detail, provide ASI's attorney clients with exceptionally high quality reports, qualified expert testimony and effective technical case management. Dr. Bakken is the author of several technical papers spanning a variety of fields and he has co-authored two books. The first is Innkeeper's Liability Management, which provides the innkeeping industry with a single source for information on identifying, evaluating and controlling hazards typical to the business of operating a hotel or motel. The second is the first edition of Falls and Related Injuries, a comprehensive treatise on slips, trips, misstemps and falls. Dr. Bakken has made numerous professional presentations, sharing his knowledge of human factors, ergonomics and safety with diverse audiences nationwide. He keeps his knowledge current by teaching human factors and ergonomics in design courses in the Department of Systems and Industrial Engineering, in the College of Engineering at the University of Arizona.H. Harvey Cohen is president of Error Analysis, Inc., a human factors and safety research and consulting firm in San Diego, California. He received his Ph.D. in human factors/ergonomics from North Carolina State University in 1972. He is a certified professional ergonomist (CPE) and is a founding member of the Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics (BCPE). Prior to forming his own research and consulting firms in 1977, Dr. Cohen was a senior research scientist with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in Cincinnati, OH and a postdoctoral research fellow with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) at the Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA. Dr. Cohen has thirty-five years of professional experience and has authored over 150 scientific research publications in the human factors and safety fields, including eight books and major book chapters, including another recently published book from Lawyers and Judges Publishing Company entitled, Principles of Forensic Human Factors/Ergonomics. Throughout his career, Dr. Cohen has personally conducted over 7,500 incident investigations, has given over 1,250 depositions and has testified in U.S. courts in trial on over 350 occasions, about equally for plaintiff and defense, in over forty states,territories and Canadian provinces. Dr. Cohen specializes in premises, products, workplace, recreational, pedestrian, and transportation cases, focusing on the causes and means for prevention of human or user error-most notably slips, trips, missteps and falls in all types of settings.Jon R. Abele, an attorney licensed in Arkansas and Colorado, has ?fteen years' experience representing small business owners, including many hotel and motel operators. Raised in a resort community, Mr. Abele has personal experience in many phases of the hospitality industry that complements his legal experience. Mr. Abele has added his practical experience and legal expertise to Lawyers and Judges Publishing Company's Life and Worklife Expectancies and Innkeeper's Liability Management to create a volume that provides the hotel and motel operator with the advice necessary to tailor the hotel operations to avoid guest injuries or prevail in a lawsuit based on an accident that occurred on the hotel premises. Viewing the hotel operations through the eyes of an attorney allows the operator to discover potential injury-causing conditions in any area of the hotel's operation before a guest has an accident, suffers an injury and sues the hotel for the damages sustained.Alvin S. Hyde received his Ph.D. in physiology from Tulane University in 1953 and his M.D. from Tulane in 1957. Dr. Hyde held a fellowship in biophysics at Tulane from 1953 to 1956 He served as a member and then chief of the biophysics branch, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base from 1958 to 1967. After serving as a senior scientist for Wiley Laboratories in 1968, he became president of Bionetics Laboratories, a division of Litton Industries in 1969. Dr. Hyde was certified (diplomate) in family practice in 1974. He served as chief of emergency medicine departments at two hospitals from 1971 to 1981. He also served as project officer for the Dynamic Escape Simulator, a man-rated USAF centrifuge facility. Dr. Hyde has published four books and two dozen or so professional journal and technical reports concerned with human tolerance to impulsive forces over a wide range of impulse durations. He is a past member of the Advisory Group for Aeronautical Research and Development, NATO; member of the CHABA committee of the National Academy of Science/National Research Council; and a consultant to Life Sciences Division, Ames Research Center, NASA.Cindy A. LaRue is the senior vice president of Error Analysis, Inc. with degrees from Ohio State University and the University of Southern California. Ms. LaRue's human factors and safety training comes from a strong foundation in industrial engineering and systems management. Ms. LaRue has over twenty years of directly related professional experience in the human factors and safety fields and is a frequent collaborator with Dr. Cohen on company publications.

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