Archive for the ‘Slips and Falls’ Category

Cheri Haas Dies from Fall in Zion’s Subway

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

The Subway, ZionA 47 year old woman from Ohio was reported to have fallen in Zion National Park. The woman identified as Cheri Haas was with a group of canyoneers and was already completing the approach hike (measured approximately 2.5 miles) to the Subway. Her companions were behind her when she fell more than 100 feet.

The accident happened at the Left Fork of North Creek, commonly called “The Subway”. This part is considered to be a popular cayoneering route.

According to the news article, the woman’s boyfriend rappelled down to her while her two other companions hiked out to phone for help.

It was disclosed that a helicopter and rescue crew from the Grand Canyon National Park were asked to help in the retrieval operation since the accident site was difficult to access.

Moreover, the report disclosed that this accident is already the second incident in a week’s time involving a park visitor getting too close to a cliff edge, slipping and falling.

The first accident happened on September 2.  A 23-year-old man fell in Belhunin Canyon. The man identified as Clark Proffitt was reported to be wearing a helmet even though he was not rappelling. He is being treated in the Intensive Care Unit of the University Medical Trauma Center in Las Vegas.

Christensen & Hymas encourages everyone to be safe in their hiking and other outdoor activities. Always take extra precaution when you are on the slippery portion of the trail and please do not go near the edge of the cliff. The beauty of nature is truly amazing and the view from the cliff is a feast for our eyes, but it is also a risky place.

Original article by Jenny Eberlein ofABC4

Image courtesy of John Fowler

Teen Fell off Cliff during Rock Climbing

Friday, August 9th, 2013

rocksUintah County Sheriff’s Department issued a press release on a 14-year-old girl that fell off a cliff in the Vernal area Sunday afternoon.

The rescue was conducted by Uintah County Search and Rescue and Naples Fire. According to the report, the crew responded to the area about six miles north of Vernal where a 14-year-old girl broke her leg after she slipped while climbing rocks. The rescue was described as a combined high angle rescue team made up of the Uintah County Search and Rescue and Naples Fire Department. They were able to assist Gold Cross Ambulance staff stabilize the teenager, place her in a rescue basket and lower her to the ambulance.

The report stated that the girl was transported to Ashley Regional Medical Center for treatment of scrapes and a broken leg. A full recovery is expected.

The rescue team was also able to retrieve the teenager’s two cousins that were above her on a ledge. The children were at a family gathering when they went rock climbing. The report did not disclose if adults were aware of the children’s plan to go rock climbing nor was there mention if an adult was with them during the incident.

Christensen & Hymas is glad that the injury is not serious or life threatening. Falling from a cliff can result in serious injuries such as head trauma or spinal cord injury. Spinal cord injury (SCI) is damage or trauma to the spinal cord that results in a loss or impaired function causing reduced mobility or feeling.

FIX ME RIGHT NOW PLEASEChristensen & Hymas specializes in personal injury cases. A person who has sustained a serious injury that has serious impact on earning capacity and quality of life is entitled to a compensation especially if it the injury was the result of someone’s recklessness or negligence. Call us at (801)-506-0800 for a free initial consultation. Let our experienced personal injury lawyers help you go through the process of personal injury claims.

Original article by Tiffany DeMasters of Fox13.

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11 Year Old Orem Boy in Critical Condition

Monday, August 5th, 2013

climbingAn Orem boy is in critical condition after a 200 foot fall just east of the popular Bridal Veil Falls in Provo Canyon.

Sgt. Spencer Cannon with the Utah County Sheriff’s Office told the media that the 11-year-old was hiking with several family members on a trail near the falls when he tumbled down a  field.

According to the report, the boy sustained serious injuries to the head and back. It is also possible that the boy has a broken collar bone. This incident happened around 3:48 p.m.

It was not established in the report whether the boy lost consciousness as a result of the fall but according to the report, he was unable to recall what happened to him. Sgt. Spencer Cannon theorized that the boy must have serious head injuries as indicated by his inability to recall the incident.

Moreover the article disclosed that officials claimed that it took roughly an hour and 15 minutes to get the boy down from the mountain due to the challenging terrain and the need to keep medical personnel safe. A technical lowering system was set up to take him down roughly 250 feet to the base of the mountainside.

The injured boy was flown to Primary Children’s Hospital in critical condition.

Christensen & Hymas wishes the boy quick recovery from his injuries. We encourage everyone during hiking and climbing activities to be extra careful. Do not let anyone leave the trail. Please do not allow young children to walk far ahead or behind.

FIX ME RIGHT NOW PLEASEChristensen and Hymas offers free initial consultation to anyone who has been a victim of someone’s recklessness or negligence. The personal injury you have sustained may be entitled to compensation. Call us at (801)-506-0800 now. We have expert personal injury lawyers who can help you.

Original article by David Self Newlin of ksl.com.

Photo courtesy of Steve Jurvetson.

Search and Rescue for a Hiker with Fractured Femur

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

helicopterFox 13 reported that a 38 year old man in Farmington, Utah fell into a creek while hiking last Sunday, June 2 and fractured his femur. The hiker fell near the Davis Creek Trail sometime around 2 p.m. The man was rescued via helicopter. Sgt. Susan Poulson of the Davis County Sheriff’s Department reported that the man may have lost a lot of blood due to the injury sustained from the fall. The report added that additional information will be released as soon it becomes available.

The femur is the thigh bone that extends from the hip joint down to the knee joint, and is one of the largest and strongest bones in the body.  Because the femur is such a strong bone, it can take tremendous force to cause a femur fracture. Femur fractures may result from car accidents and falls from a height. This kind of injury requires surgical operation. Medline Plus describes the medical procedure as a repair that may require a special metal device to keep the bone in place during the healing period. It may take 4 to 6 months for the injury to heal depending on the extent of the injury.

Christensen & Hymas hopes for a speedy recovery of the injured man. If you are involved in a hiking accident as a result of the recklessness or carelessness of another person, you may contact us at (801)506-0800 for a free consultation. We have expert personal injury lawyers to assist you.

Original article by Mark Green.

Photo courtesy of Lee Cannon.

Woman Falls 15 Feet In Climbing Accident

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Mountain ClimbingA woman fell 15 feet in a rock climbing accident in Big Cottonwood Canyon on Monday, according to KSL. The woman, a Southern Utah University student, was rock climbing with some friends when the belay rope slipped and she fell 15 feet. Her brother was able to call 911 and the woman was rescued with a high liner. Nearly 2 hours later she was transported to the hospital via ambulance.

The woman fell on her side and complained of back pain, but fortunately didn’t suffer any serious injuries. Ryan Jones, the woman’s brother, says that he thinks the rope was too short for the climb. He says his sister, who is an experienced climber, is excited to climb again, and will be sure to use a longer rope next time.

A study done by the Center for Injury Research and Policy of the Research Institute at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital showed a 63% increase in climber related injuries treated in emergency rooms from 1990 to 2007. Also, the study says that “patients who were injured after falling from a height over 20 feet were 10 times more likely to be hospitalized than patients who were injured falling from 20 feet or lower.”

Mountain climbing can be a dangerous sport, as indicated by this study. We at Christensen & Hymas are grateful that the woman’s injuries were not critical. If you have been seriously injured in a mountain climbing accident due to someone else’s negligence, please call our law firm at (801) 506-0800 . We specialize in fall related personal injuries, and can help you seek the compensation you may be entitled to.

Photo courtesy of Paul Carroll.

Man Dies in a Mountain Swing Incident

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

rappelThe Salt Lake Tribune reported Monday morning that a man, who is  a resident of Salt Lake, died Sunday after an accident in the mountains. Him and some friends were enjoying a rope swing and repelling trip at Day Canyon in Moab. The group had spent days butting the hardware for the swing in place and many others had both swung and repelled using the apparatus which the man fell from. He was attached to a tandem swing with a female companion. After the swing the riders needed to rappel down to the floor of the canyon about two hundred feet below. The man got out of the swing first and as he took his feet out of the straps to rappel, he fell to the bottom of the canyon.

The location is about seven miles west of the highway and emergency facilities. Despite the quick response of several agencies, the man died as a result of his injuries. His companion was extracted from the swing unharmed. It is unclear as to what caused the experienced climber to fall.

The American Alpine Institute for Climbing says that rappelling is the most dangerous activity you can do while climbing. This is the third death that the Grand County Sheriff’s office has investigated this year alone. The Sheriff urges climbers and rappellers to use extreme caution.

We at Christensen & Hymas send our condolences to Weber’s family and friends.

Image courtesy of Christian Haugen and is not of the story above.

 

Three Year Old Girl’s Tragic Fall

Monday, May 6th, 2013

In West Valley at the home on 3049 South and 4215 Westa three year old girl was playing alone on her back yard play structure yesterday afternoon with her dog. The mother returned outside shortly to find that the girl had fallen to the ground and was laying unconscious. Neighbors were reported by Fox 13 to have come to the mother’s aid when they heard screaming and found her trying to resuscitate the girl. However one witness’ outlook for the girls is not positive saying that the girl “was unresponsive and her eyes were rolling back and stuff was coming out of her mouth. She didn’t look like she was hurt or anything. It just looked like she was lifeless”. The girl is currently being treated at Primary Children’s Hospital and reporters are waiting for the release of her name and an update on her condition.

The cause of her fall remains unknown. It has been speculated that either the slide or the dog is to blame, since she had no previously known medical conditions which would have instigated the heart failing. Investigators are still determining if heart failure and loss of consciousness caused or were results of the fall.

The American Heart Association reports that by age three less than twenty present of children will have less than optimal cardiac health. Fewer the percentage of those with problems will know about their condition due to the young age and lack of time for issues to manifest themselves. The American Pediatric Society claims that loss of consciousness is quite common in their patients, but in cases like this when the patient is unable to be aroused in a few minutes the consequences can be fatal.

Christensen & Hymas hope that answers regarding what happened to this girl can be found and that these answers can be used to better treat her. We look forward to seeing a recovery and a happy ending to this little girl’s story. We offer her and her family any help we can give.

 

 

Three Year Old Girl's Tragic Fall

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Children's PlaysetIn West Valley at the home on 3049 South and 4215 Westa three year old girl was playing alone on her back yard play structure yesterday afternoon with her dog. The mother returned outside shortly to find that the girl had fallen to the ground and was laying unconscious. Neighbors were reported by Fox 13 to have come to the mother’s aid when they heard screaming and found her trying to resuscitate the girl. However one witness’ outlook for the girls is not positive saying that the girl “was unresponsive and her eyes were rolling back and stuff was coming out of her mouth. She didn’t look like she was hurt or anything. It just looked like she was lifeless”. The girl is currently being treated at Primary Children’s Hospital and reporters are waiting for the release of her name and an update on her condition.

The cause of her fall remains unknown. It has been speculated that either the slide or the dog is to blame, since she had know previously known medical conditions which would have instigated the heart failing. Investigators are still determining if heart failure and loss of consciousness caused or were results of the fall.

The American Heart Association reports that by age three less than twenty present of children will have less than optimal cardiac health. Fewer the percentage of those with problems will know about their condition due to the young age and lack of time for issues to manifest themselves. The American Pediatric Society claims that loss of consciousness is quite common in their patients, but in cases like this when the patient is unable to be aroused in a few minutes the consequences can be fatal.

Christensen & Hymas hope that answers regarding what happened to this girl can be found and that these answers can be used to better treat her. We look forward to seeing a recovery and a happy ending to this little girl’s story. We offer her and her family any help we can give.

If your child has been involved in a life threatening accident call the experts at Christensen & Hymas for help, we want to help children find justice.

 

 

 

7 Tips To Avoid Slips And Falls

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Slips and fallsSlips and falls make up a large portion of personal injuries suffered in Utah. There are many causes for slips and falls.  Listed below are a selected few among many.

Watch for Slippery Surfaces

Oil, water, and/ or other liquids are leading causes of slips and falls.  Keep your eyes open and looking for liquids that may cause the pathway to be slippery.

Lack of Training and/or Education

One wouldn’t think education would help people prevent slips and falls, but it’s true. Knowing which substances are slippery, when and where ice forms, etc., may be the difference between an accident and a safe stroll.

Loose Mats and Rugs

While walking, it is easy to get the toe of a shoe under a rug and stumble.  Watch out for rugs, mats, carpets, etc., that are loose and easily moved.  The rug itself may slide due to hard, slick surfaces on which it lies.

Weather Conditions: Rain, Snow, Ice

Never underestimate nature’s ability cause dangerous conditions.  It is often in the early morning hours when the water has turned to ice that accidents happen.  People are often tired or otherwise not paying attention and slip and fall.  Take your time in wet conditions.

Use Appropriate Footwear

Footwear can be the difference between stable foot-work and an accident.  Make sure proper footwear is used when attempting to travel through slick terrain.

Avoid Smooth Surfaces with High Sheen

Often times the pathway surface does not have to be wet for it to be slippery. Always take into account the smoothness of the surface of walkways when traveling.

 

If you or someone you know has suffered a fall due to someone else’s careless actions, then call the Christensen Law Firm at 1-801-506-0800.