Slip, trip, and Fall injuries happen every minute of every day. Fortunately, many people are able to fully recover without the need to hire a lawyer and go through the legal system. Some types of falls are a result of spilled liquids on the flooring or outdoor walkways, defective sidewalks or stairways, poor lighting conditions, or cluttered areas around entrances or exits.
The owner of property owes a duty to those who are invited onto their property to warn the "invitees" of dangerous conditions. We have all seen the "wet floor" sign at the grocery store or big box store. This is the warning, to watch out for a dangerous condition. When the owner does not warn and a fall occurs, they are liable for any harm that comes to the invitees or guests on their property. Most of the time when someone has fallen at a commercial property, we find that the simple safety rules have been ignored and the result is a devastating injury that could have been avoided if someone had thought about safety first.
The anatomy of a Slip and Fall accident. First, slip and fall sounds somewhat harmless, however, if you have ever seen anyone trip or fall on a wet floor at a restaurant or other hard surface, you know these types of falls are anything but harmless. Severe falls can result in sprains, strains, brain injuries, neck and back injuries, and other trauma to the body. Even if there are no obvious broken bones, most falls result in what medical professionals call "soft-tissue" injuries. Soft tissues are anything in your body that is not bone- your brain, your muscles, tendons, ligaments, basically everything that keeps you alive is made of "soft-tissue" so don't let the property owner or their insurance company or their defense doctor fool you when they say it's only a "soft-issue injury." People don't often die from a broken arm or leg, but soft-tissue injuries are devastating, sometimes creating life-long pain and anguish.
People with pre-existing injures are at even more risk for falls and the owners are just a liable for the harms that come to folks with pre-exiting injuries as those who have never been hurt before. The bottom line is- if you or someone you know has been hurt in a fall that you think is the fault of a negligent property owner, call us today for FREE CONSULTATION. 405-525-1900.