According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 800,000 people are hospitalized across the country every year because of a slip and fall accident. The CDC states that one out of every five falls results in serious injury, and falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries. These accidents can happen anywhere, including where you work and in most any public place. While you might want to dismiss a fall if you don’t appear hurt, these accidents can cause serious, lasting injuries and have a significant impact on your life and the lives of those you love.
Causes of Serious Slip and Fall Injuries
When you’re hurt in a slip and fall accident, you need to know what caused your fall, so you can prove liability should you pursue a personal injury claim. Establishing liability is critical for you to receive compensation for your injuries. Common causes for slip and fall accidents include:
- Slippery surfaces. Wet or slick surfaces often cause falls. Property owners should be aware of weather conditions or other property issues that may create dangerous areas that could cause a slip or fall.
- Inadequate lighting. If you can’t see a hazard, you can’t avoid it. Property owners should take care to light all the areas where people may pass, and they should be sure to check the lighting often in case bulbs need to be replaced.
- Uneven stairs or surfaces. Uneven stairs or surfaces that may occur due to settling or damage are a common cause of falls. These areas are risks that need attention and repair.
- Negligent maintenance. Property owners have a duty to maintain a safe environment for those who use or visit their property.
- Clutter. Even simple clutter on the floor can result in slip and fall injuries. Property owners should keep spaces clear of debris that might cause someone to fall and be injured.
Who Is Responsible for Slip and Fall Injuries?
It’s not always easy to know who’s responsible for a slip and fall injury. The first step in making this determination is finding out exactly what caused your fall. If possible, take pictures of the area where your fall occurred to use as evidence. If this isn’t possible, an experienced attorney can investigate your accident to determine liability. This might be a landlord, property owner, business, private citizen, or other party.
If you’ve suffered injuries in a slip and fall accident, you may be eligible to file a claim to obtain compensation. At Athens Law Group, our lawyers will investigate your accident, identify responsible parties, and help ensure that victims obtain the compensation they need to recover as fully as possible. Call our office today, or take a moment to fill out the contact form on this page to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to learn more about your rights.