Slip and fall accidents can occur in almost any location, but common areas for these types of accidents include areas that are poorly lit, or high traffic areas. Stairwells are a common place people fall, as they are often poorly lit and are subject to getting wet from the elements. Even indoor staircases are risky, because when the weather is poor, people come from the outside with wet shoes on, causing a falling hazard. If you have been hurt because of a slip and fall accident, you may be able to recover financial damages for your injuries.
Slip and Fall Accidents
It’s easy to understand why slip and fall accidents happen, but it’s important to understand that many of these accidents are caused by the negligence of someone. If you aren’t paying attention, and you are texting on your phone while walking, it is likely that you may be found partially or wholly responsible for your injuries. But if you are at a party and you trip over a poorly lit walkway, the person who owns the property may be liable for your injuries. Slip and fall accidents occur when people are careless, whether it is the victim that has been negligent, or the person or institution that owns the property where the accident occurred. Whether there is water on the floor, a hazard that can be tripped on, or poor lighting, carelessness is a significant contributing factor to slip and fall accidents.
Slip and Fall Injuries
The types of injuries people sustain from a slip and fall accident are as varied as the people getting hurt, but common injuries range from mild sprains and strains, to broken bones causing permanent disabilities. Many people who fall unexpectedly will use their arms to try and break their fall. This often results in injuries to the wrists, elbows and shoulders, both strains and breaks. Many people that fall hard on their arms will break an elbow or wrist, causing weeks of pain and potentially months of rehabilitation.
Another common injury sustained by people that slip and fall are injuries to the back. Slipping by accident can cause many problems with the low back, as muscles can be easily strained and vertebral disks can become slipped or herniated. Back pain, stiffness, and lack of mobility are common problems associated with falling on a wet floor, or down a set of stairs. Back problems can persist for years, and it is important to have back pain after an accident assessed carefully by a qualified treatment provider.
Slip and Fall Cases
If you have been injured because of the negligence of another person, they may found liable for your injuries. When you are an invited guest at a person’s house or place of business, you have the right to your own personal safety. If you fall because of a preventable hazard, one that the homeowner or business owner should have noticed, this person is probably at fault for your injuries. If you were using the property as intended, and you were injured, your percentage of fault for your injuries will be extremely low.
Fault is determined by looking at the accident, and figuring out what caused the accident in the first place. If the lighting was poor, if there was water that shouldn’t be there, or if you tripped over an item that shouldn’t have been on the floor, the property owner may be found liable for your injuries.
An experienced attorney will be able to provide you with a full picture of the viability of your legal case, and you can discuss your case with an attorney by calling for an free initial consultation. It will be important that you bring all information you have regarding your accident, including contact information for the property owner and any medical records for treatment you have undergone for your injuries. Together, you and the attorney will discuss your case to determine the merits.
If you have been injured because of the negligence of another person, it’s time to sit down with an experienced attorney to discuss your case.