Facts About Slip and Fall Accidents

August 27, 2013 | Blog

slip and fallWhen you visit a mall, grocery store, or other public place, you should be able to expect that the conditions are safe and that you will be free from injury.  However, that is unfortunately not always the case, and over eight million Americans visit the emergency room each year due to slips and/or falls.  These slip and fall accidents can cause serious injuries and in some cases, these accidents can even cause death.  Common injuries suffered from slip and fall accidents include:

  • Breaks and fractures
  • Sprains
  • Joint dislocations
  • Concussions or other traumatic brain injuries
  • Contusions
  • Lacerations

Though people generally do not think of slip and falls as serious accidents, the resulting injuries can have long-lasting effects on your life.  Injuries can require weeks or months of physical therapy or rehabilitation.  Head injuries can hinder your capacity to process information and may affect your memory, communication skills, and many other cognitive abilities.  Some injuries may keep you from working; this may also cause you to lose wages, making your financial situation even more difficult as you face medical costs.  Furthermore, you may suffer mental or emotional distress as a result of your injuries.

Business proprietors have a responsibility to keep their stores safe for customers.  This includes cleaning up spills in a timely fashion, properly warning against potentially unsafe conditions, and making sure that the flooring on the premises is even and maintained.  However, businesses do not always follow these guidelines, and the National Floor Safety Institute estimates that unsafe floor conditions or materials cause over two million injuries every year.  A business owner can be found liable for your slip and fall injuries if you can demonstrate one of three things:

  1. The owner or employees actually caused the dangerous condition, such as debris on the floor, damaged flooring, a spill, or other slippery surfaces.
  2. The owner knew about the dangerous condition and did nothing to fix it or rectify the risk of a fall.
  3. The owner should have known about the condition through regular inspection, because any reasonable owner would have discovered and repaired the condition.

Slip and fall cases may seem like they would be relatively straight-forward, however showing that the business owner knew or should have known about the dangerous condition is often more complicated than one may think.  For this reason, it is important for any slip and fall victim to contact an experienced personal injury attorney to take care of the case.  If you have been injured because of a business owner’s negligence, you deserve to be reimbursed for your related expenses and compensated for your injuries.

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