EXPERIENCED HELP AFTER A SLIP-AND-FALL ACCIDENT
Slip-and-fall accidents are the most frequent types of premises liability cases and can result in serious injury or death. Premises liability laws hold property owners accountable for any injury that a person may receive while on their property due to dangerous conditions.
Like other premises liability cases, slip-and-fall accidents can happen anywhere, anytime. Depending on the severity of your fall, you could end up with just a few cuts and bruises or serious personal injuries, which may include broken bones and deep lacerations. In some instances, injuries suffered from slipping, tripping or falling can have a permanent, negative impact on the rest of your life. If you or someone you love has been hurt from one of these accidents, your family could be eligible for compensation. Our Connecticut slip-and-fall lawyers have the experience, passion and knowledge to successfully pursue justice for you.
What Are The Factors Involved In Fall Injuries?
While there can be a multitude of situations where a person can be injured by falling, some common factors that lead to slip-and-fall accidents include:
- Broken steps
- Torn or loose carpeting
- Cracked sidewalks
- Steps without warning
- Ice or snow
- Overgrown moss or grass
- Uneven ground
- Wet or slick floors
- Poor lighting
- Parking lot potholes
- Lack of handrails or grab bars
- Small, scattered objects
As always, it is generally a good idea to try to be aware of your surroundings and to pay attention while you are walking – especially if you find yourself in any of the areas listed above. However, if you do happen to fall as a result of a dangerous area not being marked accordingly – or perhaps due to a slippery surface that could have been made less slippery – we can help.
Slip-And-Falls Happen Often On Ice Or Snow
Winter weather brings slick roads and walkways in Connecticut. Not only are auto accidents more common in winter; the chance that a person might slip and fall on ice also increases in snowy conditions. Black ice is a common cause of accidents because it is nearly impossible to detect with the naked eye. The injuries a person can sustain in an ice slip-and-fall range from broken bones to death.
The Dangers Of Slick Walkways
Sadly, many slip-and-fall incidents could have been prevented or avoided if the property owner performed appropriate maintenance on their land. Using skid-resistant door mats around entryways and salting sidewalks are just a few ways to help prevent serious injury to visitors or passersby.
It is common for a person to suffer any of the following injuries when a slip-and-fall occurs on ice or snow:
- Broken bones
- Head and neck trauma
- Herniated discs
- Spinal injury
- Sprained wrist or ankle
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
Property owners should also promptly remove snow or debris from their land to reduce the risk of accident. Using sand to increase traction on ice is another effective method of slip-and-fall accident reduction.
Who Is Liable For My Slip-And-Fall On Ice?
After a fall, it is important to determine whether the accident was caused by your own mistake or because of another person’s negligence. In the case that your accident was caused because a property owner or nonowner resident was reckless, they may be liable for your injuries.
Slip-and-fall statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor show that the frequency of premises liability cases is second only to auto accidents. A slip-and-fall can happen anywhere, at any time, and they are nearly impossible to avoid.
The details of each case will vary, which is why contacting an attorney to learn about possible slip-and-fall lawsuits can be the best course of action if you are hurt. The compensation that a successful verdict or settlement can bring can help with medical expenses, hospital bills, lost wages and other costs associated with the accident.
Some Alarming Slip-And-Fall Accident Statistics
A claim that is based on a person slipping, tripping and falling is commonly referred to as a slip-and-fall. Slip-and-falls are based on a claim that the property owner acted negligently and permitted the dangerous situation in which a person could slip and fall to exist. Slip-and-falls can happen in the workplace, during sporting events, at a department store and many other hazardous locations. Pools are one common location of slip-and-falls, as the areas surrounding the pool are typically tiled and wet from swimmers coming in and out. Individuals should be especially cautious in these areas.
The following are some statistics on slip-and-fall accidents, injuries and victims.
- According to a National Hospital Ambulatory Care Survey, in 2010, more than 10.5 million people visited the emergency room for injuries related to falls.
- The National Safety Council states that falls are the second leading cause of death in homes and communities, accounting for more than 29,000 fatalities in 2009.
- The direct medical cost of falls in 2010 was $30 billion according to the CDC.
- Statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor indicate that in 2011, there were more than 225,000 recordable cases involving slips, trips and falls.
- The incidence rate of lost workdays due to slip-and-falls among health care workers was 90% greater than the average rate for all other private industries combined.
- According to the National Floor Safety Institute, fractures occur amongst 5% of all people who fall.
- Back in 2000, 46% of fatal falls among older adults were due to traumatic brain injury.
- Approximately 22% of slip-and-fall incidents at work resulted in more than 31 days away from work.
Slip-and-falls are preventable, and it is important that employers teach their workers how to prevent being injured while on the job. Owners of businesses should also be sure to warn of wet floors and the possibility of slipping and falling. Failing to warn others of these dangers can easily be considered negligence.
The Most Common Types Of Slip-And-Fall Accidents
When a person visits someone else’s property, it is reasonable for them to assume that they will not be hurt or injured while they are there. However, if property is not adequately maintained or hazardous conditions exist a visitor could easily slip, trip or fall and suffer serious injuries because of this. The many different injuries that often result from slip-and-fall accidents can range from minor to severe and in some cases may cause death.
Some of the most common places that slip-and-fall accidents occur include:
- Construction sites
- Grocery stores
- Homes of neighbors
- Nursing homes
- Office buildings
- Parking lots
- Places of employment
- Public restrooms
- Restaurants, bars and nightclubs
- Retail shops
- Shopping centers
- Swimming pools
Seeking medical attention immediately is important after a slip, trip or fall even if you do not believe you have been seriously harmed. Some injuries may take days to show symptoms, so having a physician examine you for possible fractures, strains or head trauma can ensure that any necessary treatment is not delayed.
The Most Frequent Injuries From Slip-And-Falls
The injuries that can result from slip-and-fall accidents are as varied as the places they occur. In the most serious circumstances, an individual can suffer life-threatening injuries or lose the ability to function the way they did before the accident. Just a few of the most common injuries from slip-and-falls include:
- Ankle or wrist sprain
- Broken arm or leg
- Broken collarbone
- Fractured hip or pelvis
- Head trauma
- Herniated discs
- Strained muscles
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
The National Safety Council (NSC) reports that falling is the second-leading cause of unintentional death in households and communities, accounting for 25,000 fatalities in 2009 alone. Children, adults and elderly citizens alike are susceptible to the dangers of a slip-and-fall accident, and if you or a loved one was injured in a similar situation, it is easy to understand how serious these accidents can be.
Trip-And-Falls Are Also Common
Property owner negligence can be a nuanced area of the law, but there are several factors that consistently cause slip-and-falls in many situations; they are:
- Spilled substance
- Safety code violations
- Torn carpeting
- Poor lighting
- Changes in flooring
- Lack of safety guard rails
- Narrow stairways
- Failure to maintain sidewalk or driveway
- Faulty escalator
- Slick floors
If your slip-and-fall injuries were caused by property owner negligence, contact a law firm with experience in premises liability law for guidance with your slip-and-fall claim. The compensation that a successful settlement or verdict can bring can help cover medical expenses associated with treating the injuries you suffered, as well as the mental and emotional anguish that comes with losing a loved one who may have died as a result of their fall.
What Costs Are Involved In Hiring A Lawyer?
At our firm, we proudly operate on a contingency fee basis – which means that we do not charge for our fees and services unless we obtain a settlement for you. A contingency fee also means that it’s in our best interests to obtain the largest settlement for your lawsuit that we possibly can. Furthermore, if you are unsure if you have a case of not, we offer a FREE initial case evaluation – where our team will assess the available information on your incident and then determine if you have grounds to file a claim. If so, we will advise you on the best way to move forward.
Legal Help For Your Slip-And-Fall Claim
Connecticut law has a statute of limitations which bars any injury claims being filed beyond two years from the date of the accident. After you are injured in a winter slip-and-fall, time is of the essence.
The premises liability attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers understand that your accident was unnecessary and should have been prevented. For free legal help now, fill out the free case evaluation form on this page or call us at 800-PERKINS.