Slip and Fall Lawyers
Slip and fall accidents are simply defined as a claim based on an individual slipping, tripping, and falling due to a property owners negligence in allowing the dangerous slip and fall conditions to exist. A 2010 National Hospital Ambulatory Care Survey noted that more than 10 million Americans visited an emergency room due to some type of unintentional fall.
Additionally, the Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that in 2011 there were more than 225,000 cases of slip and fall injuries reported. The health services industry was most frequently affected by this type of accident and it accounts for 25 percent of all hospital employees injuries.
Slip and fall injuries can lead to severe injuries and in some cases, even death. If you or a loved one has suffered from a slip and fall accident due to another individuals negligence, the victim may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and more. Our knowledgeable attorneys can help fight for your right to fair and just compensation.
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Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
There are a multitude of situations that could lead to a slip and fall accident including uncontrollable weather conditions such as snow and rain. However, a slip and fall claim implies that the owner of the property where the accident occurred failed to remedy or notify others about the dangers of the slippery surface.
Some common cause of slip, trip, and fall accidents include:
- Cracked Sidewalks
- Loose or Ripped Carpeting
- Poor Water Drainage (Leading to Standing Water)
- Uneven Flooring
- Poor Lighting
- Lack of Handrails
- Poorly Maintained Grounds/Debris
- Defective Products (Step-stools, Ladders, etc.)
A cluttered floor can particularly be dangerous if loose wires, cables, and cords are not stored properly. Computer workstations and hospital rooms are a common location of such issues that can easily be fixed with the use of cord organizers.
Parents should also be mindful of fall hazards at playgrounds, the Center for Disease Control notes that between 1990 and 2000 20% of playground related fatalities were caused by falls.
Slip and Fall Accident Injuries
Although anyone can be injured in a slip and fall accident, it is important to note that children and older adults are much more susceptible to suffer serious personal injuries due to their brittle bones.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) the cost of fall related injuries in people over the age of 65 was about $30 billion in 2010. Additionally, approximately 2.3 million older adults were treated for nonfatal fall injuries in the emergency room and more than 662,000 of these older adults were hospitalized for their injuries.
Some common slip and fall injuries include:
- Chipped or Broken Teeth
- Facial Wounds
- Sprains & Strains
- Traumatic Brain Injury
Slip and fall accidents are preventable with adequate safety precautions and warnings. If you or a loved one has suffered from a slip and fall accident due to another party's negligence, the victim may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more. Contact one of our experienced slip and fall lawyers to discover if you may be eligible to make a claim.
Slip and Fall Claims
One of the most important factors in a slip and fall claim is proving that the person or party responsible for the accident acted negligently. For example, a store owner was aware that their floor would become slippery when patrons with wet shoes came through; however, they failed to put up signage warning other customers of these dangerous conditions. Furthermore, the individual may also be held responsible if they caused the dangerous condition but failed to fix it or if they failed to provide adequate property conditions.
It is also up to employers to provide safe conditions for employees with the use of slip resistant mats, adequate signage, uncluttered floors, and more in order to prevent slip and fall workplace accidents.
Contact our Slip and Fall Accident Attorneys
Slip and fall accidents are a common occurrence that no person should have to suffer due to another's carelessness. At Harbin & Burnett we believe that the person who caused you, or your loved ones, harm should be held responsible for their actions. We are an experienced and aggressive law firm whose goal is to stand by you in your time of need.
We are proud to provide comprehensive legal counsel to accident victims in order to ensure that they receive the MAXIMUM amount of compensation they deserve. Our office is located in Anderson, South Carolina and we proudly serve the surrounding areas, including:
- Travelers Rest
For a no-cost, no-obligation consultation of your accident, contact us at 1(888)821-0247 and one of our intake staff members will connect you with one of our lawyers best suited in handling your claim.
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