Each year, the leading cause of non-fatal medically treated injuries in the United States is falls. A slip or fall case occurs when a property owner or custodian is negligent in the upkeep, repair, or maintenance of the property where the injury happened. A slip or fall is normally considered a premises liability case.
- Slip and fall injuries are the most frequently reported work accidents accounting for 25% of those reported
- Falls are the primary cause of lost time at work
- 50% of all accidental deaths at home are caused by falls
- Most falls occur on the same level, not from an elevated surface such as a ladder
- 8 million emergency room visits each year are due to slips, trips, or falls
- The most common cause of a traumatic brain injury is a fall
Slip and Fall Cases
In order for a slip or fall lawsuit to be possible, there are a couple requirements that must be met.
- The accident must occur on the property of a third party.
- The third party must be found to be negligent, meaning that the accident occurred due to a dangerously placed object, a defective surface, or a foreign or slippery substance. A business owner or operator is required to maintain reasonably safe conditions at their place of business. If an unsafe condition occurs, such as a slick surface, the business owner is required to warn the public of the danger.
If you are injured due to an unsafe condition in a place of business due to an unmarked hazard, you may have a slip and fall case.
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If you or a loved one has been seriously injured by a slip or fall, contact Powers Taylor today. Our attorneys have experience with all types of personal injury cases and will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation. All calls are confidential.