Slip-and-Fall Accidents and Injuries
The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control estimates that, in 2004 alone, more than eight million people were injured in slip-and-fall accidents. Since property owners are responsible for maintaining safe premises and warning visitors of potential hazards, they can be held liable for injuries that occur due to unsafe conditions on their property. Slip-and-fall accidents can result in many types of injuries, ranging from the relatively minor to the extremely severe.
Causes of Slip-and-Fall Accidents
A slip-and-fall accident can occur nearly anywhere, on public or private property, indoors or outdoors. A slip-and-fall injury can occur because of hazards such as:
- Adverse weather conditions (for example, ice, snow, or rain)
- Uneven sidewalks
- Poorly lit or unmarked pathways or stairs
- Slippery tiling
- Unbalanced flooring
- Rippled carpet
- Obstructions on the floor or walkway
Types of Slip-and-fall Injuries
Typical injuries resulting from slip-and-fall accidents range in severity. A victim may sustain bruises, broken bones, and scrapes that require minimal medical treatment and heal relatively quickly. Other victims suffer a catastrophic personal injury – a brain injury, spinal cord injury, or burn injury – that causes lifelong damage and requires ongoing medical care. In the worst case scenario, the victim dies because of his or her injuries. If this is the case, and the accident occurred because of the property owner’s negligence, then the death is considered a wrongful death and can be litigated as such.
If you or a loved one has sustained a slip-and-fall injury, contact a lawyer to determine your eligibility for filing a premises liability lawsuit. If you have a viable case, you may pursue compensation for damages, including compensation for your injuries, pain, suffering, and lost earning potential.
Locate a Premises Liability Lawyer near You
If you have suffered a slip-and-fall injury because of a property owner’s negligence, he or she may be held liable for the accident. Use LawyerShop to locate an experienced premises liability lawyer in your area who can help you pursue damages for your injury.