Slip and fall accidents, also referred to as trip and fall accidents or fall down accidents, occur when an individual slips, trips or falls while on the property of another. Reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that these accidents are the leading cause of injuries requiring emergency room visits, particularly among the elderly.
Slip and fall or trip and fall accidents are typically included in the area of law known as premises liability. This means that property owners and managers are required to keep their properties in safe condition, and to properly maintain them so as to avoid accidents and injuries. Should there be potential dangers on a particular property, then the manager or owner is responsible for warning all visitors of any hazards.
These accidents can occur virtually anywhere, including grocery store aisles, department stores, and parking lots. Common causes are slippery or wet floors, snow-covered sidewalks, uneven walkways, loose carpeting, cracks or holes in walkways, poor lighting, construction-related debris, and lack of handrails on stairs or platforms. Several types of injuries can arise from slip and fall accidents, including joint injuries, broken bones, head injuries, and back and neck injuries.
A victim of a slip and fall accident may be able to obtain financial compensation for injury-related expenses and damages, but he or she must first establish that the property owner or manager was negligence in the proper maintenance or care of the premises, and that this neglect resulted in the victim’s injuries.
If you or a loved one sustains injuries in a slip and fall accident, consult with an experienced and knowledgeable Okeechobee County slip and fall lawyer as soon as possible.
At The Law Offices of Philip DeBerard, we are aware of the various physical, emotional, psychological and financial difficulties that you and your family may be dealing with after a fall. We offer consultations at no cost, and provide services on a contingent basis so that you pay no fees and charges unless we win your case.
For a free, no obligation consultation call us today at (863) 467-7100.