Slip and Fall
Sometimes a serious slip and fall accident can be tied directly to another person’s negligence. These accidents can happen on business, public, residential, or other types of property. Often a wet floor, or some sort of hazardous surface condition causes the slip and fall.
According to the United States Department of Labor, slips, trips, and falls constitute the majority of general industry accidents. They cause 15% of all accidental deaths, and are second only to motor vehicles as a cause of fatalities.
Who’s At Fault in a Slip and Fall Accident?
Slip and fall accidents are commonly associated with incidents in stores where a person slips and falls on a freshly mopped floor. The truth is, there are many different types of slip and fall accidents and they can occur in a number of places. Victims are frequently injured by:
- Ice or snow-covered walkways that have not been properly cleared
- Wet, slippery floors or spills that have not been cleaned up
- Cracked sidewalks or pavement
- Broken stairs or handrails
- Ratty or torn carpeting
- Uneven floors
- Workplace, especially construction sites
- Inadequate lighting in public areas
Any property owner who fails to maintain their store, parking lot, or rental property could face a premises liability lawsuit if their actions – or inactions – were negligent. Even if a property owner did not know about the hazard, they could still be held responsible if it’s found that they should have known.
Let Dejban Law Protect Your Legal Rights
If you or someone you love has been injured in a slip and fall accident, the physical recovery and financial loss can be devastating. After an accident, your focus should be on your health – not fighting with insurance companies. Contact Dejban Law for a free consultation to understand your legal options.