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Slip and fall injuries are common, and can be very serious. Cases related to slip and fall or trip and fall may have been the result of someone’s negligence or carelessness. Whether a property owner will be legally responsible for a slip and fall injury depends on whether the owner or person in charge knew or should have known about the potentially dangerous condition of the property.
Falls are responsible for more open wounds, brain injuries, and fractures than any other cause of injury. The most common fall-related injuries are fractures of the hip, spine, and forearm. If you’re like most people, you aren’t sure what to do after a slip and fall accident. You are probably asking questions like:
Slipping, tripping, and falling are some of the most common accidents that happen in everyday life. Unfortunately, not all slip and fall accidents lead to common injuries.
Our experienced lawyers have seen all types of bad weather conditions and surface circumstances that lead to slips, trips, and falls. Maybe you can relate to some of these slip and fall scenarios:
While many slip and fall incidents only lead to small bruises, others can lead to life-changing injuries. For example, serious wrist injuries often occur during slip and fall accidents when people try to break their fall or catch themselves. Some other common injuries we see caused by slips, trips, and falls include:
One thing that makes slip and fall accidents so frustrating is that they can happen anywhere. Some of the places that slips, trips, and falls may occur include:
If you’re ever involved in a slip and fall accident, here are some good steps to follow:
In order for a property owner to be legally responsible for injuries suffered from slip and fall or trip and fall accidents, one of the following must be true:
Proving liability in the third situation can be tricky because of the words “should have known.” In these instances, the case is often decided by common sense. Judges and juries determine liability by deciding if the owner makes regular and thorough efforts to keep the property safe and clean.
Keep in mind: the owner of the premises or an employee must have caused the dangerous condition (such as a spill, worn or torn spot, or other slippery or other hazardous surface).