Causes of Slip and Fall Injuries
If you feel you have slipped or fell and think it is due to negligence or unsafe conditions of a property owner, contact a personal injury attorney who specializes in slip and fall injury to file suit.
Slip and falls are the second leading cause of injuries in the United States. They account for an estimated 16,000 deaths each year. Cracks in sidewalks and potholes are also very common causes of slip and fall accidents. Slip and fall injuries can happen anywhere, most often they take place in grocery stores or department stores. In many cases the cause of the accident is a spill that has not been cleaned up or properly made aware of
A slip and fall accident typically involves a situation where a person is injured by slipping, tripping and falling due to a dangerous condition. A fall can take place both inside and outside and can result from bad flooring, wet floors, poorly lighted steps, weather-related conditions, and hidden defects.
A slip and fall accident may result in a serious injury, such as a head injury, spinal cord injury, herniated or bulging discs, fractures, breaks, broken bones, neck injury, back injury, shoulder injury, knee injury, and muscle and ligament injury.
These injuries can cause you to lose time at work and money, thus a slip and fall lawyer can help get you compensated for a property owner’s mistake.
Who Can Sue Through a Personal Injury Attorney
Slip and fall injuries can be caused by:
- Broken stairs, broken steps, and dangerous stairwells or landing areas
- Dangerous sidewalks, cracks in the sidewalk, and potholes
- Defective lighting, inadequate or inoperative lighting
- Failure to warn of hazardous or dangerous conditions
- Failure to correct hazardous or dangerous conditions
- Slippery or wet floors
- Tenant slip, trip and fall injuries caused by landlord negligence
Qualifications of Personal Injury Lawyers
Personal injury lawyers can get you compensated for a slip and fall injury that can cause financial hardship due to large medical bills and long rehabilitation periods.
Personal injury lawyers are experienced in handling slip and fall cases and have the skill to prove negligence in premises liability cases, If you have suffered an injury due to the negligence of a property owner.
The attorney will also examine and investigate the condition, which gave rise to your injuries. This means proving negligence and causation. They will act quickly to examine the scene of the fall, and determine what and who was responsible for all aspects of your injury. There is no substitute for "securing the scene" as soon as possible.
Recent News and Compensation for Slip and Fall Lawsuits
At an arbitration hearing, a personal injury lawyer successfully received an award of $245,000 for her client, a mail carrier. The postal worker had cut across the lawn of one property and was intending to deliver the mail to the abutting premises when she fell over two wooden "railroad" ties that lay on top of each other. Not only did the arbitrator find negligence against the landowner, he found no comparative negligence on the postal worker. The plaintiff had a cervical fusion with a bone graft followed by physical therapy.
Another case has $750,000 awarded to a Queens woman whose wrist was broken when she fell over a defective sidewalk cellar door belonging to an Upper East Side restaurant. The injured woman required five operations and was left with a permanently damaged right hand.