Slip and fall hazards are a common occurrence and can be caused by a number of factors. These are the most common: contaminants on the floor, poor drainage problems, indoor/outdoor walking surface irregularities, icy/snowy/wet weather conditions, inadequate lighting, and lack of handrails. Common injuries resulting from slip and falls may include: bruises, strained ligaments and muscles, fractures, broken bones, spinal cord injuries, neck injuries, or head and brain injuries.
Owners of premises have a responsibility to protect visitors from dangerous conditions and defects in the property. If they fail to do so and you are injured because of their negligence, the victim could file a claim for monetary compensation, better known as damages, if negligence can be proven.
In fact, the law holds property owners responsible for maintaining safe premises for invited guests, persons conducting business, and the general public. If any dangerous conditions exist that could cause harm such as a wet floor that can be slippery, the owner must warn invited guests by posting signs for the general public. On the other hand, from a legal standpoint, unlike invited guests or a person who is on the property for business purposes, a trespasser cannot expect the same standard to apply.
Slip and fall accidents may occur in public and private places, including:
- Shopping centers
- Private homes
- Supermarkets & grocery stores
- Parking lots
- Stairs and elevators
- Theme parks and public parks
- Malls & shopping centers
- Restaurants & bars
What Should You Do After a Slip and Fall Accident?
Report the Slip and Fall Accident. If you suffer the accident in a commercial establishment, you should report it to management right there and then. It is very important to document the accident. The establishment will prepare an incident report which will contain the information about the accident including: date and time of the accident, names of any witnesses, and circumstances surrounding the slip and fall accident. Incident reports help establish that the slip and fall accident in fact took place; therefore, preventing the establishment from later on denying that the accident took place.
Seek Immediate Medical Attention. If you have suffered severe injuries call 911 and let them transport you to the nearest emergency room. It is also important to remember that many times severe injuries sustained in a slip and fall accident may not manifest themselves for some days or even weeks, this is the reason why is so important to be examined by a doctor or medical provider without delay.
Evidence, Evidence, Evidence. When possible always take photos. In order to prevail in a slip and fall accident, you will need to identify the dangerous condition or hazard that caused the accident: take reasonable steps to take photos of the scene and the dangerous condition.
Some of the damages you may recover in a slip and fall accident include: pain and suffering, medical bills for past and future care, lost wages, any reduction in earning capacity, and your significant other can also make a claim for loss of consortium.
Slip and fall cases can be challenging and difficult to prove; if you are injured and want to institute a claim, do not wait.
Call our firm for a free consultation of your slip and fall accident.