A “slip and fall” is a form of premises liability accident that happens when an individual trips, slips, or falls due to negligence or due to a dangerous or hazardous condition on another person’s property. Slip and fall accidents are a relatively common type of accident, as they can occur anywhere from private homes and restaurants to grocery stores and parking lots.
The National Safety Council reports that in the United States, falls are among the primary causes of unintentional injuries, accounting for more than 8 million visits to the hospital emergency room each year. Studies also show that slips and falls are responsible for 15% of all accident fatalities, making them the second leading cause of accidental deaths.
Some form of hazardous condition is always involved in slip and fall accidents, which generally causes such accidents to occur. This hazardous condition may be a temporary condition such as a wet floor, or a permanent condition such as a broken stair. Common causes of slip and fall accidents are:
- Hazards resulting from poor weather conditions such as snow, rain or ice
- Abrupt changes in elevation of a surface such as a floor or sidewalk
- Slippery tiling
- Poorly lit stairs
- Unmarked pathways
- Loose carpeting
- Improperly stored equipment
- Obstructions on a walkway or floor
Slip and fall accidents can lead to an extensive range of injuries, such as:
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Neck and back injury
- Knee injury
- Nerve damage
- Internal injury
Injuries stemming from slip and fall accidents are often not immediately apparent. Apart from retaining a premises liability attorney, a victim of a slip and fall accident should also seek medical attention at the soonest possible time.
Slip and fall injury claims
Slip and fall accidents fall into the area of law referred to as premises liability, which is based on common law negligence.
All Ohio property owners and building owners have a legal obligation to keep their property reasonably safe for all invitees, such as customers, and other lawful visitors. In order to successfully establish premises liability, however, the slip and fall victim must prove that a dangerous or hazardous condition existed, and that the property or building owner knew or should have known about the danger and had it repaired or removed.
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If you or a loved have been seriously injured in a slip and fall accident or any accident involving premises liability, call The Fitch Law Firm as soon as possible. We can thoroughly examine your case and help you seek compensation for the injuries you sustained. You may also be entitled to collect a recovery for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, disfigurement, mental anguish, and other losses and damages.
We are here to fight for you and help you get the justice you deserve. Call The Fitch Law Firm at 855-LAW-OHIO or fill out our online consultation form to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Ohio premises liability attorney.