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Slip and Fall Accident Investigations - An Engineering Perspective

TASA ID: 1013

On Wednesday, November 14, 2012, at 2 p.m., ET, The TASA Group, Inc., in conjunction with engineering experts Dr. Carl Berkowitz and Dr. Oren Masory, will present a free, one-hour, interactive webinar, Slip and Fall Accident Investigations - An Engineering Perspective, for all legal professionals.

Walking accidents will injure millions of people each year, and thousands will die. Slip, trip and loss of balance accidents are the second highest cause of accidental death among the elderly. The effects of these types of accidents can be devastating, resulting in extreme changes in lifestyle and monetary losses to the victim. Most of these accidents are the outcome of some defect of a premise arising from the lack of proper maintenance.

Walking is an extremely complex task, when one tries to understand the mechanism of these accidents. Walking, in reality, is the process of locomotion in which the human body moves along supported first by one leg then by two and finally by the second leg. The accidents occur at the time when the body is supported by only one leg due to dynamic effects and the required reaction at the contact point with ground.

During this program, the presenters will cover:
  • The mechanics of walking, gait and balance
  • The difference between slip, trip and loss of balance
  • Understanding coefficient of friction
  • Effects of changes in friction, grade and contamination
  • Measuring friction
  • National standards of care
  • Walking area maintenance
  • Environmental issues
  • Falling in different environments, public facility issues
  • Conducting an investigation
  • Useful evidence to build or defend such cases

About the Experts

Carl Berkowitz has extensive, broad-based transportation and traffic engineering experience. Held positions in industry, government and higher education. Plaintiff and defendant expert. Explains complex technical issues, research and safety evaluations. Expertise: pedestrian-passenger; passenger terminal/station; school, transit, commuter bus; subway; light and commuter rail; passengers on track; rail crossing; bicycle and motorcycle; pedestrian-vehicle collision; slip, trip and fall.
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