A slip and fall accident, sometimes referred to as premise liability accident, is a type of personal injury case where injuries are sustained when a person falls. The reason for their fall and subsequent injuries typically involves hazardous conditions and the failure of the property owner to provide or maintain safe conditions. Slip and fall accidents are very difficult to prove due to the fact that most of the time the party or parties that are liable for the injury sustained are not present at the time of the accident. This is why hiring an experienced and knowledgeable Anaheim slip and fall attorney is crucial to get the compensation that you deserve.
Slip and Fall Statistics
According to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), falls count for 8 million emergency room visits a year, with slip and fall accidents accounting for 1 million of these falls (rather than a construction accident fall) and out of those one million about 17,000 suffer a wrongful death. It’s also estimated that a slip and fall injury can lead to more than 31 days of missed work.
In 2013, The California Department of Public Health reported that 848,647 people went to the hospital from a slip and fall accident, 109,952 were admitted to the hospital and 2,186 people died as a result of their fall. However, it is important to note that only 30% of slip and fall accidents cause injury but when they do, these injuries are often severe (slip and fall accidents are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury and are responsible for 46% of fatalities for those 65 and older).
Proving Negligence In A Slip and Fall Case
As previously mentioned, slip and fall cases are hard to prove because a majority of the time the responsible party is not there when the injury takes place. In order to prove that the property is liable for the injuries, the following questions need to be answered:
- Could your fall be prevented?
- Did the property owner know about the dangerous conditions that caused the accident?
- How long had the hazardous condition been present before the incident?
- Was there a legitimate reason for the error not to have been fixed?
- How often are safety inspections conducted?
Our team of skilled attorneys and investigators will help establish that there was a hazardous condition that would have been prevented by the property owner and the property owner knew or should have known about the hazardous condition and was negligent by not fixing the condition.
Common Hazardous Conditions That Lead To A Slip and Fall
Slip and fall accidents can happen in several different types of properties: commercial, residential and government. When property owners fail to provide a safe environment or neglect to take care of an unsafe environment this can cause a slip and fall accident. Common hazardous conditions include but are not limited to the following:
- Uneven Surfaces
- Uneven Sidewalks
- Potholes in parking lots
- Wet Floors
- Recently mopped
- Spills not cleaned up
- Loose rugs or floorboards
- Exposed cords or wiring
- Slippery Surfaces
- Ice that is not salted
- Recently waxed floors
- Grease or oil that is not removed
Common Slip and Fall Injuries
Slip and fall accidents can happen any time and anywhere. When hazardous conditions are not fixed a slip and fall can lead to many serious injuries including but not limited to:
- Sprained ligaments
- Strained muscles
- Broken bones and fractures
- Head and brain injuries
Contact A Slip and Fall Attorney!
If you or your loved one have suffered serious injuries or a wrongful death due to a slip and fall accident, it’s imperative to contact an attorney who will fight or your rights. You might be entitled to compensation to recover medical expenses, lost income, future earning potential, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment and pain and suffering.