Slip and Fall Accidents
Although property managers and commercial business owners are required by law to maintain the safety of their premises, some fail to live up to this obligation. Every year, over one million people go to the emergency room because of slip and fall injuries. Slip and fall accidents often have unfortunate consequences, especially when the victims are small children or fragile elderly people.
Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
No slip and fall accident will happen with the same set of circumstances or in the same exact manner. There are many different causes that could result in this type of accident. Some victims may even trip over his or her own feet. However, often many of these accidents happen due to hazardous conditions.
Some of the most common causes of slip and fall accidents include:
- Uneven surfaces
- Wet or slippery parking lots or floors
- Cracked or raised sidewalks or driveways
- Elevators that do not open level with the ground
- Abrupt edges on stairs
- Broken or weak stairway railings
- Loose carpets or rugs
- Cords from appliances or other electronics sticking out
Typical Slip and Fall Injuries
Although you might not think slip and falls are worrisome, it is estimated that about 15 percent of all accidental deaths result from these types of accidents. The only accident to kill more people is automobile crashes. Thus, slip and fall accidents are much more dangerous than people often believe.
Falls from high places, onto rough surfaces, or into pointed objects can all lead to very serious damage, life-long crippling ailments, and even death in the most tragic cases. Some injuries that typically result include:
- Bad concussions
- Fractured or broken bones
- Internal soft tissue injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
Any of the above injuries can be relatively severe. As a result of slip and fall injuries, victims may not be able to work for prolonged time periods.
Who is Liable?
Often slip and falls could have easily been avoided if it were not for the dangerous condition that triggered the accident. Property owners failing to maintain the safety of his or her property for the public breaches Florida law.
Renters and owners that have an obligation to maintain the safety of their property can be held liable when people get injured, if he or she is found to be negligent.
Restaurants, stores and other public places that invite guests to owe patrons a duty and are supposed to inspect their premises. If dangerous conditions exist, guests must be warned and the condition must be repaired.
Slip and fall accident victims can obtain compensation from liable parties for hospital bills, pain and suffering, lost income and emotional distress. Additionally, if your loved one has died as a result of a slip and fall, you may seek wrongful death damages.
A knowledgeable slip and fall accident attorney can assist you establish and demonstrate the true extent of your losses and damages.
Need an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney?
If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident, we advise on hiring an experienced personal injury attorney to better assist you. The Glover Law Firm is here to help if you have been involved in any kind of personal injury related accidents, including a slip and fall.
Ocala personal injury lawyer Gordon J. Glover, who has been recognized by Florida Super Lawyers, has built his reputation on making sure clients receive the compensation they deserve. Please contact us online or call today at (352) 205-4495, to further discuss your slip and fall accident.