This article is going to talk specifically about “slip and fall” injuries. “Slip and fall” is a shorthand phrase for an injury that occurs when someone falls or trips on the premises of another person or company. Some of the topics covered will include why slip and fall injuries occur and how you should proceed legally after such an incident.
There are many reasons why a slip and fall may occur, the first being wet and slippery floors. Even if you work in an environment that is enclosed and you’re indoors all day, sometimes rainwater leaks in. Sometimes, floors are mopped but no warning signs are placed. If there are cluttered walkways, whether from supplies, equipment, etc., these walkways should be clear of all slip and fall hazards. Perhaps you find yourself in a snowy or icy environment. Depending upon the circumstances, it’s the responsibility of the property owner to remove snow and ice that accumulates on sidewalks, steps, parking lots, etc. If these are not cleared off and it results in a slip and fall, you may want to call a personal injury attorney for advice. It is also the responsibility of the property owner to make sure that there are no broken handrails, loose floor tiles, or other signs of neglect involving building structures. If you’re near the road or highway, you may encounter ditches and potholes. Parking lots should be properly marked off so as to minimize a slip or fall risk. Sudden changes in the height of a floor should be marked. Maintaining floor surfaces is the responsibility of the property owner and should be done to prevent any slip and fall hazards. Lastly, bad lighting can create a risk of a slip or fall.
Some injuries that can occur during a slip and fall accident include fractures, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, neck, shoulder and back injuries, knee injuries, and, in rare circumstances, death. So, if you are injured in a slip and fall, these are the things to be evaluated to see if you have a claim. First, your injuries have to be a direct result of a fall on the defendant’s property. Second, the property owner or tenant, in a rental situation, usually has an obligation to make sure that the property is reasonably safe. Of course, this doesn’t apply if you are a trespasser. Many factors can go into whether you have a valid claim for your injuries. Contacting an attorney will be in your best interest to see whether or not you have a claim.