Whether it’s a raised edge in a walkway, a wet floor in the grocery store, or a poorly designed product, it is crucial to understand all of the factors that contributed to a personal injury. Anyone can quote a building code or recite a guideline, but can they link a deficiency to an incident? Personal injury expertise requires an understanding of both the mechanical, physical, and biological side of things.
Personal injuries can occur to anyone, at anytime, anywhere. With so much at stake, let experienced and reliable expertise help put some of the pieces back together. The following are just a few of the areas where our services could be of use:
A trip is very different from a slip, not only in the injuries they produce but also in the factors that contribute to them. A thorough investigation not only considers the area of the fall but the reported injuries as well as the actions.
Did they slip? Did they trip? Was the floor slippery? Was a hazard present?
Workplace injuries are unique from your typical personal injuries. When someone gets hurt doing something they do on a daily basis, questions should be asked. A thorough assessment of a workplace incident goes well beyond OSHA guidelines.
Was the area safe? Was there equipment involved? Were they doing what they trained to do? Is this injury consistent with that accident?
Ladders can be dangerous, that much is obvious. When people do fall, the outcome can be severe. Contributing factors can range from unsafe usage to mechanical failure. Inspecting the ladder and the area of the fall is just the start. Biomechanical expertise can also provide insight as to the actions leading to the fall and their orientation on impact.
Was the ladder safe? Did it fail? Did their actions contribute?
Staircase investigations are about more than tread measurements and Building Code requirements. Staircases are designed with humans in mind so your expert needs to understand the relationship between the guidelines that govern staircase construction and the humans that use them.
There are many factors that can contribute to a staircase fall, but did that issue cause this incident?
It’s all fun and games, until someone gets hurt. No one goes to the playground or gets on a ride expecting to get hurt. When injuries do occur, questions should be asked. Thoughtful design, precise construction, meticulous maintenance, and thorough operation are all crucial to the safety of users.
A thorough assessment considers not only the applicable standards, but the humans they exist for.