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Slip and Falls

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A “slip and fall” is a common term used to describe a personal injury case where an individual slips and falls as a result of a dangerous condition while on another’s property.  Slip and fall incidents often arise as a result of unsafe conditions such as wet floors, greasy floors, overly polished floors, and floors littered with food.  Slip and falls are also sometimes referred to as “trip and fall” incidents.  However, “trip and fall” incidents more typically occur as a result of the negligent maintenance of a property or a structural defect that causes an individual to trip.  Uneven walkways, potholes, broken asphalt, broken sidewalks, torn and crumpled carpeting, and uneven steps are all examples of common hazards the can cause a “trip and fall.”

 

“Slip and falls” and “trip and falls” fall into a broader category of cases known as premises liability cases.  Premises liability arises from accidents and injuries that are caused by dangerous conditions on someone’s property.

Premises liability cases include a wide range of situations from which injuries occur, that include:

  • Slip and fall accidents because of foreign substances on the floor;
  • Trip and fall accidents because of improperly designed or maintained walking surfaces, stairways, ramps, floors, and parking lots;
  • Injuries caused by falling objects;
  • Injuries caused by or contributed to by inadequate lighting;
  • Injuries resulting from inadequate security;
  • Injuries caused by fire;
  • Construction site accidents;
  • Drowning accidents;
  • Swimming pool injuries;
  • Exposure to toxic substances; and
  • Animal attacks.

When restaurants, grocery stores, homeowners, malls, shops, and other commercial establishments that allow or invite others onto their property fail to provide a safe environment for their customers and visitors, they are responsible for the injuries and damages that result. The responsible parties may include land or building owners, tenants, maintenance companies, manufacturers, and others. On many occasions there are multiple responsible parties. The accidents are often complex with multiple contributing factors which need to be analyzed and understood by experienced attorneys to increase your chances of a successful claim.

 

If you or a loved one are injured on another’s premises, it is important to take the following initial steps to help preserve critical evidence:

If you or a loved one are injured on another’s premises, it is important to take the following initial steps to help preserve critical evidence:

  • Report the incident to the property owner
  • Photograph the dangerous condition or hazard before it is cleaned, repaired, or changed
  • Get the contact information for any witnesses
  • Obtain a copy of any written incident report
  • Preserve all other evidence such as shoes and clothing that was worn that may possibly contain liquid from a spill or dirt from a hole
  • Obtain medical treatment immediately for your injuries

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