What to Do in Case of a Slip and Fall Accident
Slip and fall is a very common type of accident in the U.S. that causes injuries to people, from simple bruises to fractured bones. Most of those who are most prone to slip and fall accidents are people aged 55 or older and the most common injuries they suffer are fractured hips or spinal cord injury. In some instances, some falls are bad enough, causing head or neck injuries which lead to death.
Records from the National Safety Council’s (NSC) Injury Facts reveal more than 8 million slip and fall accidents in the U.S. every year. One common thought about slip and fall accidents is that this accident is the fault of victims themselves – a result of their not being careful. On the contrary, slip and fall accidents can be the fault of property owners, like landlords, business owners or homeowners who have a responsibility to keep their premises safe at all times. As explained in the website of the law firm Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, P.A., there are far too many property owners who fail to maintain safety on their estate or warn guests of any dangers that may be present, resulting in unsuspecting visitors suffering serious and sometimes fatal injuries. Thus, when property owners fail to uphold their responsibilities and others suffer harm as a result, they should be held accountable for the effects of their negligence and carelessness.
Slip and fall accidents can can occur in shopping malls, parking lots, playgrounds, workplaces, hospitals, churches, restaurants, food courts, swimming pool areas, and so forth. Employees who suffer work-related slip and fall injuries can file a compensation claim with their state’s Worker’s Compensation office; however, if the accident occurs in a public or privately owned property, it may be possible for the injured person to file a lawsuit against the owner of the private property or against whoever has the responsibility in the maintenance of a public place.
Injured victims of slip and fall accidents should realize, however, that they must be able to prove that the property owner is the one at fault for their accident for them to be able to claim compensatory damages. It will prove totally useful, especially during a civil lawsuit, if the injured victim has a record of all important circumstances surrounding their accident, including its cause, like slippery tiles or flooring, wet or icy floor, narrow stairs, unnoticeable changes in flooring levels, torn carpeting, or cracked or broken flooring. Equally important are photos and medical proof of the injuries sustained and account of witness, if possible. Going to a highly-skilled personal injury lawyer or premises liability lawyer to seek legal assistance would be the next best move.