What is a Slip and Fall or Trip and Fall Accident?
Slip and fall accidents, also called trip and fall accidents or premises liability accidents, occur when there is an unsafe condition on land or a building that causes injury. The victim of the slip and fall can file an action against the property owner. Every property owner, whether the property is a private residential home or a public commercial building, has a responsibility to make sure that there is no dangerous conditions on the land. The property owner must use reasonable care to inspect and maintain the property to keep it free from defects. If they fail to do so, they have breached their duty and made themselves liable for injuries sustained at the property.
Types of Dangers on Public and Private Property
There are many different types of dangerous conditions in land or buildings that can lead to injuries. Some examples of dangerous conditions that lead to slip and fall lawsuits include:
- Broken or loose handrails
- Slippery substances on floors
- Tripping hazards, such as torn carpet or loose floorboards
- Stairs that are broken or loose
- Missing pavers, bricks, or sections of concrete in a walkway
- Inadequately marked steps
- Uneven walking surfaces
- Sharp edges from broken metal or wood
- Inadequate lighting in indoor and outdoor areas
- Improperly cleaned debris
While this is in no way a complete list of all of the possible dangerous conditions, it can give you an idea of how many different types of hazards there are in the places we visit every day. When a person has an unfortunate slip and fall accident, they can suffer serious injuries. Slip and fall victims often have broken bones, lacerations, soft tissue muscle injury, and, in some serious cases where the victim strikes a hard surface, head injuries. All of these injuries require extensive medical treatment. Some even require surgery. But the saddest part is that all of these injuries could be prevented if the property owner had been more responsible.
How an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney Can Help
When you are injured on someone else’s defective property, you need attorneys that know how to handle your claim. Slip and fall cases are often defended by either homeowner’s insurance in a residential property, or business insurance for a commercial property. The insurance company will try to disprove your claim or minimize your settlement. An experienced attorney will make sure you don’t accept an offer that is too far below the value of your case. The attorneys at our firm will work to make sure you are compensated fairly for the accident, because we understand how a trip and fall accident’s injuries have a major impact on your life. Call today to set up an appointment and put our firm to work for you.