Slip And Fall Accidents Resulting from Someone Else’s Negligence

Statistics published by the National Safety Council show that approximately 9 million Americans every year are treated in the ER for injuries they’ve sustained in some type of slip and fall accident.  Granted, must of us have taken some kind of spill during our lives.  While some of these falls have resulted from our own clumsiness, how many can be attributed to someone else’s negligence? For example, many slip and fall accidents are oftentimes caused by:

  • dangerous conditions on a company’s or person’s property
  • slippery floors
  • tripping over something
  • uneven surfaces

These are commonly referred to as hazards and in some cases they can cause serious, life-threatening injuries.  However, there are also those people who are able to walk away from a slip and fall accident with injuries so minor that they require little if any medical attention.  In these cases, the only bump or bruise they suffer is to their ego as embarrassment is the primary result.

Property Owner’s Negligence

Premises liability claims typically arise when a person is injured on someone else’s property and the accident can be attributed to the owner’s negligence.  This is where personal injury claims and lawsuits can be very complex.  According to Florida law, a property owner is legally responsible for maintaining their property so that it is safe for other people to do business or visit.  This duty of care applies but is not exclusive to:

  • commercial property owners
  • government agencies,
  • public and private schools
  • residential property owners
  • retail store owners

Some of the standard premises liability claims in personal injury cases involves falling down stairs, swimming pool accidents, toxic chemical exposure, and more.  It follows then that the most common premises liability claims are for injuries sustained in slip and fall accidents.

Claims of negligence in slip and fall personal injury cases typically arise for one or more of the following reasons:

  • failure to clean up spilled liquids
  • flooring is cracked or has holes in it
  • inadequate lighting
  • pulls, rips, or tears in carpeting
  • sidewalk or walkway debris and other obstacles
  • slippery surfaces
  • uneven flooring
  • wires exposed on flooring

In addition for being responsible for the repair of any hazardous conditions, the property owner is obligated to warning customers, guests, and other visitors that hazardous conditions exist.

Common Injuries

No two slip and fall cases are ever alike.  Furthermore, determining whether or not there was any negligence involved depends on numerous factors.  It’s also true that no two injuries that result are ever the same.  These can include broken bones, dislocations, lacerations, soft tissue injuries, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries.  If you or a loved one recently sustained any type of injury in a slip and fall accident, you may be entitled to compensation.  So call a personal injury lawyer to discuss your case. They have dealt with different cases and can assist you through your own case with considerable ease.

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