Slip and Fall

Slip and fall or trip and fall accidents can happen at a store, business, sidewalk, or nursing home or anywhere and at any time. It is a common type of accidental injury and is usually the result of someone else’s negligence with substantial cost to the victim.  These costs include the possibility of lost wages, unexpected out-of-pocket medical expenses, pain, temporary or permanent disability, reduced quality of life, and death.  In many cases, the victim can recover compensation for these injuries when property owners or other responsible parties neglect hazardous conditions resulting in an injury -causing fall. The experienced, well-trained lawyers at Anthony Smith Law will work to help you pursue compensation from negligent property owners to pay for medical bills, lost wages, and other losses you have suffered.  Contact us today for a free initial consultation. We are prepared to protect your rights.

HOW SLIP AND FALL ACCIDENTS OCCUR

According to the United States Department of Labor (USDOL), slips and falls make up the majority of general accidents and are a common personal injury claim. The Office of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) says it is the second leading cause of death trailing vehicular homicide.  Over 17% of all disabling occupational injuries result from falls.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says 20 to 30 percent of people involved in all accidents suffer moderate to severe injuries.  Falls most commonly cause broken bones, but they can also cause catastrophic injuries such traumatic brain injury (TBI) and spinal cord injuries.

slip and fall can occur almost anywhere.  Nevertheless, there are particular conditions and locations where there is a higher probability for this type of accident.  The National Safety Council (NSC) warns property owners to take the time to remove slip, trip and fall hazards.

Slip and fall accidents often are described based on how they occur.  Examples are:

  • Wet and slippery floors
  • Cluttered floors
  • Damaged floors and stairs
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Damaged sidewalks
  • Ditches and potholes
  • Curbs
  • Cracks in sidewalks
  • Uneven pavement or gravel

Common locations for a slip, trip, and fall include:

  • 70% slip and fall on flat walking surfaces (HOTELS, NURSING FACILITIES, BUSINESSES, PRIVATE HOMES, PLAYGROUND, STADIUMS)
  • 90% fall at churches and worship centers (CHURCHES, SYNAGOGUES, CATHEDRALS, STAIRS)
  • 16% workers’ compensation claims (BUSINESS, WORKPLACE)
  • 26% costs associated with work injuries (WORKPLACE)
  • 3-9 slip and fall accidents in an average restaurant (RESTAURANTS, CAFETERIAS)
  • $450 million spent annually to defend against fall claims

The most common  injuries occur within the neck, back, and spinal cord region of the body.  The result can be chronic pain for a long period or even the rest of a person’s life, depending on the location and severity.

Neck injuries come from slip-and-fall accidents that occur from ladders, equipment, and floors.  Water on the floor, or unseen cords, or other items can also create neck injuries.

Back injuries are the cause of most disabilities on the job that can result from a one-time slip and fall or become a problem after numerous slip and falls.  The pain can happen immediately or back pain can become worse over time.  Back injuries may involve ligaments or muscles, or the slip and fall can impact vertebrae or discs in the back.

Spinal cord accidents from slips and falls more often than not result in permanent disability, such as a partial or full paralysis.  Those at risk for spinal cord injuries from slip and fall accidents include construction workers maritime workers, and warehouse and plant workers.

Slip and fall accidents can have severe consequences and you might be compelled to bear prolonged and costly medical treatments and rehabilitation.  Your ability to work could be affected and it is possible you may experience ongoing pain.  You may require additional compensation for your injuries beyond what workers’ compensation insurance or other insurance claims you make.  Insurance companies try just to offer the bare minimum for your injuries, but you deserve more.  Let us help you pursue more.

PREMISES LIABILITY

If you have suffered a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property, you should protect your rights.  If the property owner’s negligence led to your fall—such as failure to clean up a spill or repair damage, you may have a claim.  When you visit someone else’s property, there is a reasonable expectation of you not getting injured.  This means that the property owner (or renter), is responsible for maintaining a relatively safe environment.  This is known as premises liability. The types of accidents that may result in premises liability claims may range from a slip and fall on a public sidewalk to an injury suffered on a theme park ride, a pool drowning or negligent security.  An experienced, well-trained attorney at Anthony Smith Law will give you the personal attention you deserve.  Contact us today for your free consultation.

For More Information

  • Slips, Trips and Falls, National Safety Council
  • Falls Older Adults Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Fall Injuries Prevention in the Workplace, National Institute on Safety and Health
  • Slips, Trips and Falls, Office of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA/U.S. Department of Labor)
  • FindLaw: Premises Liability:  Who is Responsible?