When you think of a serious fall, you may think of a fall off a ladder, off a roof, or another high place. However, many people sustain serious injuries when they slip or trip and fall down on level ground. Almost everyone has slipped or tripped and ended up on the ground at some point in their lives and you generally are able to get up, dust yourself off, and walk away with little more than a bruised ego. However, many falls can result in unexpectedly serious injuries that can have long-lasting effects and can be costly.
If you have slipped or tripped and fallen on someone else’s property, you may have the right to recover financially for your medical bills and other injury-related losses.
Conditions that can Cause Slip and Falls
You can hold a business owner or property owner liable for your fall-related injuries if you can prove that their negligence resulted in your fall. Premises liability principles require that property owners adequately inspect and maintain their premises to keep it safe for visitors or patrons. If a property owner fails to take proper care of their premises and injury occurs, they can be held responsible.
Examples of conditions that may result in liability for slips, trips, and falls include the following:
- Debris left on the floor in walkways
- Objects protruding into walkways
- Electrical cords that are not secured to the wall
- Rugs that can slip and shift
- Overly worn flooring or carpet that can become slippery
- Liquid spills that are not cleaned up in a timely manner
- Door jambs or other bumps on the floor
- Unsafe or slippery ramps
- Not warning visitors of potentially hazardous floor conditions
If any of the above caused your slip and fall, you should immediately consult with a skilled premises liability lawyer to learn about your options.
Injuries can be Surprisingly Serious
While you may not imagine that a slip and fall in a store can leave you facing lasting injuries, many slip and fall victims suffer injuries that have a significant impact on their lives. Some of the serious injuries of a slip, trip, and fall can include:
- Bone breaks and fractures
- Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries1
- Sprains and strains
- Torn ligaments and tendons
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Broken hips
Injuries such as broken hips can be particularly severe for older adults.2 They may require surgery, which can be a life-threatening prospect depending on the stability of their health. In addition, many elderly adults who break their hips in a fall require assisted living and can no longer live independently. This is a concern, as older adults are often at a greater risk of slipping and falling.
No matter what age you are or what type of injury you sustained, a negligent property owner should be held liable for the costs of your injuries, including medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, among others.
Call an Experienced St. Petersburg Slip, Trip, and Fall Lawyer for a Free Consultation
The attorneys at Dolman Law Group have helped many people recover after a slip, trip, and fall. Our experienced premises liability lawyers understand how to bring a successful claim against property owners to obtain the most favorable result for you. To schedule a free consultation, call our office today at 727-222-6922.