Area of Practice

Slip-and-Fall Accidents

Slip-and-fall injuries or trip-and-fall incidents can happen anywhere and at any time, including in a store, workplace, sidewalk, or nursing home. It is a common injury that generally occurs as a consequence of someone else’s negligence and comes at a high cost to the victim. These expenses can include missed income, unanticipated out-of-pocket medical bills, discomfort, temporary or permanent disability, a lower quality of life, and death. 

When property owners or other responsible parties ignore hazardous circumstances, resulting in an injury-causing fall, the victim can often collect compensation for these injuries. Orlando’s Anthony-Smith Law’s skilled and well-trained slip-and-fall injury attorneys can seek compensation from negligent property owners to cover medical costs, lost earnings, and other losses. Please contact us right away for a free introductory consultation. We are ready to defend your rights.

How Slip-and-Fall Injuries Occur

Slip-and-fall injuries, according to the United States Department of Labor (USDOL), account for the majority of general accidents and are a prominent cause of personal injury claims. According to the Office of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), it is the second leading cause of death after those that are vehicle-related. Falls account for more than 17% of all debilitating occupational injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 20% to 30% of persons involved in falls receive moderate to serious injuries. Falls usually result in fractured bones, but they can also result in catastrophic injuries, such as traumatic brain injury (TBI) and spinal cord damage.

Slipping and falling can happen practically everywhere. Nonetheless, there are specific situations and locales where this sort of disaster is more likely. The National Safety Council (NSC) advises property owners to reduce slip, trip, and fall risks.

Common causes of slip-and-fall accidents include:

  • Wet and slick flooring
  • Floors that are cluttered
  • Ruined floors and stairwells
  • Insufficient illumination
  • Ruined sidewalks
  • Potholes and ditches
  • Cracks in the sidewalk
  • Pavement that is uneven or gravel

The following are common places for slips, trips, and falls:

On level walking surfaces, 70% of people slip-and-fall (HOTELS, NURSING FACILITIES, BUSINESSES, PRIVATE HOMES, PLAYGROUND, STADIUMS)

90% of people die at churches and worship places (CHURCHES, SYNAGOGUES, CATHEDRALS, STAIRS)

16% of workers’ compensation claims (BUSINESS, WORKPLACE)

Expenditures linked with workplace injuries account for 26% of total costs (WORKPLACE)

In an average restaurant, there are 3-9 slip-and-fall accidents (RESTAURANTS, CAFETERIAS)

Every year, $450 million is spent to fight against fall claims.

The most common injuries occur in the neck, back, and spinal cord regions. Depending on the location and intensity, the effect might be chronic pain, possibly for the remainder of a person’s life.

Slip-and-fall incidents involving ladders, machinery, and flooring cause neck injuries. Neck injuries can also be caused by water on the floor, invisible wires, or other objects.

Most workplace impairments are caused by back injuries, which can occur as a consequence of a single slip-and-fall or as a result of a series of slips and falls. Back discomfort can occur suddenly or gradually worsen over time. Back injuries can affect ligaments, muscles, vertebrae, or spinal discs.

Slip-and-fall incidents to the spine frequently result in lifelong impairment, such as partial or total paralysis. Slip-and-fall injuries can cause spinal cord injuries in construction workers, marine workers, warehouse and plant employees, and others.

These accidents can have serious repercussions. You may be forced to pay for lengthy and expensive medical treatments and rehabilitation. Your ability could be impaired, and you could endure continuous pain. You may demand further recompense for your injuries in addition to workers’ compensation or other insurance claims. Insurance companies will try to provide you with the bare minimum for your injuries, but you are entitled to more.

Allow our Florida slip-and-fall injury attorneys to assist you in pursuing more.

Liability for Premises

You should defend your rights if you were injured in a slip-and-fall accident on someone else’s property. You might have a claim if the property owner’s carelessness caused your fall, such as by failing to clean up a spill. When you visit someone else’s property, you do not expect to get hurt, meaning that the property owner (or tenant) is responsible for keeping the surroundings reasonably safe. This is referred to as premises responsibility. Accidents that result in premises liability lawsuits include a slip-and-fall on a public walkway, an injury on a theme park attraction, a pool drowning, or negligent security. Anthony-Smith Law’s competent, well-trained slip-and-fall injury attorneys will provide you with the personal attention you need. Contact us today for a no-obligation consultation.

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