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Man hurt by falling toilet display in Home Depot

A man in another state is suing a national chain of hardware stores after he suffered injuries when an unsecured toilet fell off of an overhead shelf and struck him.

The incident occurred in a Houston Home Depot while the customer was browsing in an aisle back in July of 2017. The man, a Texas resident who is in his late 50s, was allegedly perusing the toilet aisle for a selection when "unexpectedly and without warning, a box containing one of the toilets collapsed causing the toilet immediately above to strike," according to the complaint the plaintiff filed last month.

Is it worthwhile to file suit against your insurance company?

You may wonder whether it would be lucrative and a good investment of your time to file suit against the recalcitrant insurance company that denied your personal injury claim. After all, you filed your claim in good faith after being injured by a negligent driver indemnified by the insurance company.

There is no doubt that many (if not most) insurance companies sell their claimants short whenever the opportunity presents itself. But if you arm yourself with knowledge and experienced legal counsel, you can hold those accountable for your injuries and other damages.

Watch out for school buses on your motorcycle rides

If you are like many motorcyclists, you want to get in as many rides as possible as the summer days dwindle down. While the temperatures are still high in most areas of the country, school bells will soon be ringing for students and the buses will be out in force ferrying students to and from school each day.

The increased traffic on the roads can make it harder to get a ride in during the week if bikers are so inclined and available.

Unsafe premises can generate claims

Have you ever walked in to a crowded, understaffed store where pallets of goods were stacked in the aisles on dollies? The clutter and crowded conditions can make it extremely difficult to navigate the narrow aisles, especially if you're a customer pushing a shopping cart.

As a result, some customers wind up getting injured after tripping and falling over pallets of canned goods or other products. Who is at fault if that happens?

Be safe while driving on your summer vacation

As we close in on the final days of July and cruise into August, some Louisville residents are heading out on family vacations before the kids head back to school. But you should plan ahead for safety before ever leaving home.

That can mean starting your journey only after awakening refreshed from a full night's sleep. It also means preparing your automobile for extended highway driving by airing up the tires, changing the oil and checking the belts for signs of wear and tear. But more often than not, your and your family's safety lies in the hands of other motorists you encounter.

We can negotiate with an insurance company for you

It's no fun to be embroiled in a lawsuit over an unsettled claim. The vast majority of claims are resolved in negotiated settlements between the parties. That is a best-case scenario because it saves both time and money for the involved parties.

But, unfortunately, not all claims get resolved in this manner. You can start out in good faith negotiating with the adversarial party and suddenly see things go south in a hurry. You realize that you must do something differently if you are to prevail in your case.

Liability can be shared in multi-car accidents

Multi-vehicle accidents like interstate pile-ups can be quite challenging to sort out the liability. These type of accidents also generally cause numerous injuries and often involve fatalities.

Because of the difficulty involved in determining precursor events to the collisions, these events may require the services of special accident reconstruction experts to accurately assign blame.

A semitruck accident can be life-altering for victims

Semitruck drivers have an awesome responsibility to keep themselves and others safer on the roads and interstates. Truck drivers must stay vigilant to assess the road ahead and avoid potential hazards that could cause deadly collisions.

Drivers also must rely on their mirrors to see when passenger cars and trucks approach the semitruck's blind spots.

Can swimming in a motel pool make you sick?

Many families are spending the extended holiday weekend at hotels and motels around the Louisville area. Weather permitting, some may enjoy taking a dip in the pool. But should they?

According to a 2018 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the 14-year period between 2000-2014, there were 493 infectious disease outbreaks that were reported involving "treated recreational water," i.e., pools and spas. The reports came from 45 states and the territory of Puerto Rico and affected 27,219 individuals. Eight people died as a result.

Avoid accidents this Fourth of July

What are your plans for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday? Are you traveling to distant beaches or visiting out-of-state friends or relatives? Or maybe you plan to fire up the backyard grill and invite the neighbors over for some of your slow-cooked barbecued ribs that are a perennial Fourth of July favorite.

No matter what, chances are good that at some point, your plans will involve driving, even if it's only to the store and back for the secret ingredients for your feast. As you may know, major holidays always increase the traffic on the roads and interstates. That also raises the risk of accidents occurring as more people clog the highways, jockeying for position in their lanes on the way to their holiday destinations.

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