On-Premises Slip & Fall Liability
What are Your Rights after a Slip and Fall Incident?
Businesses and property owners have a duty to provide a safe and secure environment. When they don’t, and people get hurt, the at-fault business or property owner can and should be held liable for damages, including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and disability.
Examples of situations that can lead to a claim against a business or property owner include:
- Accidental drowning
- Rape or attack at a business, in a parking lot or in an apartment complex
- Injury by falling objects from store shelving.
- Slip and fall injuries due to inadequate lighting, uneven sidewalks or faulty stairs or handrails.
Slip and fall injuries can be very serious, particularly for older adults. Falls are the leading cause of death for older adults and are the leading cause of nonfatal injuries and hospital admissions for trauma, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- The federal government estimates more than 15,000 senior citizens die from falls each year and almost 2 million are treated in emergency rooms.
- As many as 3 of every 10 falls result in severe injuries, such as broken hips or head trauma.
- Most fractures among older adults are caused by falls. The most common fractures are of the spine, hip, forearm, leg, ankle, pelvis, upper arm, and hand.
- Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries — accounting for nearly half of all fatalities from a fall in older adults.
Such injuries can limit mobility and independent living and even result in nursing home confinement or lengthy stays at a rehabilitation facility. They can also increase the risk of early death.
Many people who fall, even those who are not injured, develop a fear of falling. This fear may cause them to limit their activities, leading to reduced mobility and physical fitness, and even increase their actual risk of falling.
People who fall are often embarrassed and can minimize their injuries.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a fall or on business property, it is important to seek medical treatment. Some injuries, including traumatic brain injuries and hip, knee or joint injuries, are not always readily apparent.
When the pain or cognitive impairment begins days or weeks later, it can be much harder to link it to the accident.
Lee Law Offices, P.A. has experienced attorneys and investigators who will look at your case and help determine your rights.
There is no charge for a free, confidential appointment and a representative will even come to your home or hospital room for your convenience.