According to the National Safety Council, slip and fall accidents account for nearly nine million visits to emergency rooms, and are the third leading cause of accident related deaths each year. A slip and fall accident typically occurs when you least expect it and can result in severe, sometimes permanent, injury or wrongful death. When a slip and fall occurs as the result of the negligent, reckless or careless actions of another party, the person injured, or the family of the person killed, is entitled to recover damages.
Where Do Slip and Fall Accidents Typically Occur?
A slip and fall accident can happen anywhere but some locations are more hazardous than others – heavy traffic areas, places where there are wet floors, uneven surfaces or poor lighting. These conditions most commonly exist in work places and at commercial and retail locations. Employers and property owners have a legal duty to provide a safe environment for employees, visitors and customers. If an employer, property owner and/or property manager breaches this duty and someone is injured or killed, the injured person, or his or her family, has the right to receive compensation for lost wages, medical expenses and pain & suffering.
Five of the most common causes of slip and fall accidents are:
- Slippery floors
- Uneven and/or poor walking surfaces
- Poor lighting and visibility
- Narrow stairs and broken or missing handrails
- Objects cluttering walkways salud-hombres.com
Common Slip and Fall Injuries
Falls of any kind are very hard on the body. Injuries resulting from a slip and fall accident can be minor, but when they are not, they can be devastating. The three most common slip and fall injuries I have seen in my practice are:
Back and spinal cord injuries – Injuries to the neck and spine can range from mild pain with limited mobility to severe pain with varying degrees of paralysis.
Head injuries – When the head strikes a hard surface or object during a fall it can result in a closed or penetrating head injury. The severity of head injuries ranges from a mild concussion that clears up in a few days to a traumatic brain injury (TBI) that causes long-term, life-altering conditions requiring ongoing medical care.
Sprains and fractures – Broken and fractured bones are common in slip and fall cases, especially those involving older adults.
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Call the Law Office of Michael D. Waks at 888-394-1174 or use the convenient online contact form to schedule a free consultation. You are under no obligation and you will never pay any money unless you recover damages for your injuries. I offer bilingual services as part of my comprehensive approach to legal representation and I am available 24/7 to talk to you about your case.
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