Slip and fall cases typically fall under the category of premises liability law. Every property owner has a duty to keep his or her property reasonably safe – This means warning visitors of known hazards and promptly repairing them. Slip and fall accidents may seem cliché in personal injury law, but most lawyers only accept cases involving serious injuries and negligence. At Rhorer Walker Law Firm, we represent people of all ages who suffer serious injuries after a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property.
Understanding Slip and Fall Cases
Consider these examples of slip and fall incidents:
- A restaurant owner with an upper level outdoor deck fails to brace a rickety support and a diner crashes through the railing, causing multiple broken bones and a head injury.
- A visitor on personal property falls into a hole that has been there for years and breaks his leg because the owner failed to warn him.
- An employee leaves a mop bucket in the aisle of a grocery store and a customer trips over it, falling and hitting her head on a display.
In each of these examples, the property owner has a duty to maintain his or her property or warn any visitor of potential hazards. The following elements are used to establish liability in slip and fall cases:
- The property owner (or responsible party) knew or should have known about the condition.
- The property owner failed to properly address the situation.
- The victim had no reason to know about hazard and was using ordinary care when the incident occurred.
- The victim suffered an injury as a result of the property owner’s negligence.
In professional settings, property owners and managers are responsible for meeting certain industry standards and building codes. All walkways, floors, and amenities (such as bathrooms and pools) must meet certain safety standards before they can remain open to the public. The majority of slip and fall cases arise from an establishment’s failure to maintain a property according to safety standards.
Injuries Arising From Slip and Fall Cases
Some people will slip and fall and never experience any lasting injuries or pain. However, others may lose their ability to live without constant care or some degree of mobility. In older adults, the risks of complications from a fall are even greater. Some of the most common injuries associated with slip and fall accidents include:
- Broken bones
Hip fractures, leg fractures, and arm fractures are some of the most common reasons for hospitalization after a slip and fall incident. Depending on the type and severity of a broken bone, victims may experience multiple surgeries and physical therapy before regaining full mobility.
- Head and brain injuries
When people fall unexpectedly, they cannot always use their arms to break their fall or protect their heads from surrounding objects. Falling from an average height and experiencing a blow to the head can result in brain bleeds, concussions, and other potentially serious head and brain injuries.
After a fall, tell the property owner or person in charge about the incident and record the names of anyone in a position of authority. If you have your phone with you, snap a few picture of the scene. Always seek medical attention even if you think you were not injured. You may have a hairline fracture or brain injury that can worsen over time.
If you’ve been injured due to a slip and fall accident, the experienced personal injury lawyers at Rhorer Walker Law Firm can help you obtain the compensation you need to recover and the justice you deserve. As soon as you are able, reach out to our team for a free case evaluation. We can help you make an informed decision about moving forward with a personal injury case against the establishment or individual responsible for your injury.