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Carpets, rugs, and floor mats can cause individuals to fall and sustain serious injuries. Many times, this happens because the carpet, rug, or floor mat was not properly secured to the ground or has uneven edges that pose a risk to those walking on them. If you have been injured in a slip and fall on someone else’s property, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries and hardship.

A slip or trip and fall occurs when your foot strikes something that causes you to lose your balance. Floor mats and rugs can be dangerous when they are not slip resistant on the top and bottom sides. Sometimes, an individual will step on a floor mat or rug, and the entire thing will slide forward, causing the individual to fall. Edges of carpets that get twisted and bunched up also pose a hazard to people who may be susceptible to tripping over them.

Slip and falls involving carpets and rugs can lead to serious injuries, such as broken bones, broken wrists, fractures, cuts and scrapes, torn ligaments, sprains, concussions, and even death.

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propanePropane is an extremely flammable gas that is used for various things (such as outdoor grills) by millions of Americans every day. Propane is colorless and odorless. If it is not handled properly, propane can cause dangerous, even deadly explosions. If you have been injured or your loved one has died due to a propane tank explosion, it is important to contact a seasoned Miami injury attorney as soon as possible. These types of accidents can leave victims with severe and long-term burn injuries.

Every year, a number of people in Florida and throughout the United States suffer from burn injuries. The most common type of burn injury occurs from contact with fire or flames, or contact with hot objects. The American Burn Association states that approximately 450,000 patients receive hospital and emergency room treatment for burns every year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, burns and fires are the third leading cause of death in the home. The National Fire Protection Association found that between 2006 and 2010, there were an average of 8,600 home fires involving grills that required a fire department response.

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broken glassBroken glass injuries can be some of the most serious injuries suffered in a car wreck. When broken glass flies through the air, it poses a serious threat to everyone in the vehicle. If you have been injured by broken glass in an accident that was not your fault, you need to seek the help of a Miami car accident attorney who can determine whether or not you may be entitled to compensation.

A broken windshield and broken windows can cause pieces of glass to dangerously fly in every direction in the car. Newer vehicles are equipped with windshields that are designed not to shatter on impact. However, these designs are not always effective in high-velocity wrecks. Broken glass can cause a variety of injuries, including surface level cuts, deep level lacerations, severed limbs, and shock. In the most serious cases, a person could bleed to death due to a broken shard of glass striking a main artery.

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tanTanning beds are quite a common way of getting a tan in Florida and throughout the United States. While most people get a tan without incident, the reality is that tanning devices can pose serious hazards. If you or someone close to you has suffered tanning bed injuries, it is important to reach out to a seasoned Miami injury lawyer who can assess the facts of your case and determine whether or not you have a viable legal claim.

Indoor tanning takes place when an individual uses a tanning bed, booth, or sunlamp to get tan. According to the 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, many teenagers tan indoors, including seven percent of all high school students, 11 percent of high school girls, and 16 percent of girls in 12th grade. In Florida, there are currently more than 900 tanning facilities with over 4,000 tanning devices that are licensed by Florida country health departments.

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hot tubHot tubs can be a great source of enjoyment, but the reality is that they can also be dangerous. If you or someone close to you was hurt in a hot tub drowning accident, we can help. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we proudly represent South Florida clients in seeking the compensation they deserve for their harm.

The Center for Injury Research and Policy of the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital did a study that found that the number of unintentional hot tub-related injuries increased 160 percent between 1990 and 2007. In 1990, there were 2,500 injuries, whereas in 2007, there were more than 6,600. Part of this can probably be explained by the fact that more people own hot tubs now. Still, it also highlights how dangerous hot tubs can be and how important it is to take the necessary safety measures to prevent injuries.

The main risk posed by hot tubs is the same one that is posed by pools:  drowning. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that since 1980, more than 700 deaths have occurred in hot tubs. Another potential hazard is people’s hair being sucked into the suction fitting of the hot tub, causing the person to be held under water and potentially drown.

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sliding door Automatic doors are almost everywhere these days. Airports, shopping malls, office buildings, hotels, and supermarkets routinely use automatic doors due to the convenience they offer and the time they save customers. While these doors routinely work without incident, when they do malfunction, they can cause serious harm. If you or someone close to you has been injured in an automatic door accident, you should consult a Miami personal injury lawyer.

Automatic sliding doors and revolving doors are extremely heavy. Thus, if they close prematurely and strike someone, serious and long-term injuries can result. Some possible causes for automatic door injuries may be improper installation, improper maintenance, missing or faulty door sensors, improper timing devices, and failures to inspect on a regular basis.

Business owners have a legal obligation to make sure their premises are safe for their customers. This obligation extends to ensuring that automatic sliding doors are in proper working order. As mentioned above, it is also the business owner’s responsibility to inspect and maintain the doors after they have been installed.

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hotelBed bug infestations are a legitimate concern in Florida hotels, motels, and other public facilities. If you or someone close to you was harmed due to a bed bug infestation, it is important to reach out to a skilled Miami injury attorney who can evaluate your case. With years of experience, we can advocate for your rights at every step of the way and help you seek the compensation you deserve for your harm.

We represent clients in all types of bed bug cases. This includes apartment bed bug cases, hotel bed bug cases, rental furniture bed bug cases, mattress bed bug cases, and more.

Bed bugs are parasitic insects that feed exclusively on blood. They are small, oval, and brownish in color. They do not fly, although they can move at a quick speed over various surfaces. Bed bugs do not live in nests. Instead, they live in groups in hiding places, such as a mattress, box spring, bed frame, headboard, and any other place where they have access to people. A 2011 survey conducted by the National Pest Management Association found that one out of five Americans has had a bed bug infestation in their home or knows someone who has encountered bed bugs at home or in a hotel.

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fireplaceFireplaces can be a beautiful focal point for any room, but the reality is they can also be dangerous. The unfortunate reality is that severe fireplace burns cause serious pain to a number of people each year. If you or your child has been burned in a fireplace accident, you may be able to file a claim and seek compensation for your injuries.

Most homes nowadays have fireplaces with glass fronts. These glass fronts can be extremely hot. In fact, temperatures can reach between 446°F and 1,328°F within industry standards, depending on the type of glass that is used. These glass doors can remain hot for hours after the fireplace has been switched off. Touching the glass can cause serious burns, such as third-degree burns, even if contact with the glass only lasted a second or two. Children, who are curious by nature, are often the most susceptible to burns.

Legal liability for fireplace burn injuries may be rooted in one of two legal theories:  product liability or negligence.

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If you have been injured in a truck accident due to brake failure, we can help. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our Miami injury attorneys have the skill, dedication, and experience to handle your case. We understand how complex these cases are, which is why we will examine the facts of your case to determine the cause of the brake failure and the resulting crash. You can trust that we will advocate for your rights at every step of the way.

According to a recent study by the Department of Transportation (DOT), approximately 30 percent of all commercial truck accidents involve brake failure. Trucks must be regularly inspected and maintained to make sure the brakes are in proper working order. In fact, federal law mandates that truckers know about the condition of their brakes. Some of the most common issues that lead to brake failure in trucks include overheated brakes, worn tires, brakes suffused with oil and grease, or overly thin brake pads.

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powderThe Honest Co., co-founded by celebrity Jessica Alba, issued a recall of its organic baby powder across the United States due to concerns of skin and eye infections. The decision to recall came after tests showed possible microorganism contamination. Put another way, the baby powder is being recalled because it may cause skin or eye infections due to bacterial contamination. If you or someone close to you has been injured by this baby powder, contact one of our Miami injury attorneys as soon as possible.

The Honest Co. has been sued several times before. Last year, the company faced a class action lawsuit for “deceptively and misleadingly” labeling products as “100%” natural when they contained synthetic ingredients. The lawsuit seeks punitive damages as well as costs and attorneys’ fees.

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