A slip and fall accident occurs when someone slips or trips and is injured. The injury takes place in someone else’s property and that property owner or manager may be held legally responsible for what happened. Unfortunately, this type of accident is extremely common and thousands of people every year are injured this way.
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Why are these accidents so common?
Probably because there are many dangerous conditions around. If they happen indoors, it could be that a carpet is torn, that the floorboards are loose, that there are changes in flooring, that there is not enough light, that there is water or some other liquid on a floor, just to give some examples. As far as outdoors, slip and falls happen as a result of bad weather such as rain, hail, or snow, also due to potholes, uneven pavement, broken or cracked sidewalks, slippery paint on the floor and for many other reasons. Additionally, whether indoors or out, people slip and fall when there is debris on the floor, clutter, electrical wires and cords that are not properly secured, merchandise that is strewn about and not in its proper place.
What are the most common types of slip and fall injuries?
When you slip and fall the results can vary widely. They can go from a scrape in your knee to much more worrisome and extensive injuries such as:
- Shoulder dislocations
- Hip fractures
- Ankle sprains
- Back injuries
- Head injuries
Extreme slip and fall injuries can even lead to death.
What must you prove to have a valid slip and fall claim?
In slip and fall cases it is necessary for you to prove that the person responsible was negligent in their actions and therefore caused your injuries. This means that the owner or the manager of the property in which you were injured needs to have been aware of a problem and not taken any action to correct it.
Is there anything you can do if you have suffered a slip and fall accident?
Before even contacting a lawyer, it is crucial for you to see a doctor for your injuries. A healthcare professional must evaluate your situation and prescribe the appropriate treatment or medication to deal with it.
As soon as your medical checkup is complete, you should call a personal injury lawyer to handle your case. Look for someone with a record of success in these cases. It is important not to waste time to do this because the statute of limitations to file a claim for these cases is two years, after which you can no longer sue.
You may think that two years is a long time and that taking a few months to rest and recuperate will not affect the final outcome, but it might. Also, keep in mind that it may take quite a bit of time to gather all the evidence and prepare the case.
In slip and fall cases, it is vital to prove negligence on the part of the property owner. You may have to demonstrate that they were aware that the problem existed and didn’t take the needed actions to correct it.
If you are not sure as to how to proceed with your slip and fall accident, you can read more here.