Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents are among the most common causes of injury, and though they may sound like they’re not anything serious, they result in as many as 17,000 deaths in the United States every year. In fact, there are over a million people who are injured in slip and fall accidents that are the result of icy floors, poor lighting, unsafe work conditions or carelessness, and these not only result in death but in injuries that can be life altering. From a legal perspective, when you’ve suffered a fall and it is due to the fact that the person who owns the property hasn’t taken adequate care to make sure that their environment is safe, they are responsible for any harm that results. If you have been hurt as a result of improper maintenance or a property owner’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
Slip and fall accidents can happen in both public spaces and on private property. People fall from rooftops, from ladders, out of vehicles and walking up the stairs. Icy sidewalks that haven’t been properly treated, area rugs that aren’t properly secured, all can cause people to fall and injure themselves in ways large and small.
According to a study published by researchers at the University of Florida, the most commonly reported slip and fall injury is a back injury – and if you’ve ever hurt your back you know that it can change your life. They are difficult to recover from, and once a back injury has happened the victim often is vulnerable to future injuries. Other common slip and fall complaints include broken and sprained wrists, elbows, shoulders, as well as fractured ankles and broken hips.
If you have been in a slip and fall accident and have sustained an injury, or if someone you love was killed as a result of this type of accident and it resulted from the property owner not being responsible in providing a safe environment, it is called premises liability, and personal injury attorney James Kennedy is able to help. He can help you to prepare and file a claim for the damages that you’ve suffered so that you can receive compensation. This may be for medical expenses that you’ve had to pay for your care, lost wages, and any pain and suffering that you’ve endured. If someone you love has been killed he can file a wrongful death claim that will also help with funeral and burial expenses and loss of companionship.
If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident, you have rights that need to be protected. Call James Kennedy today to discuss the particulars of your situation.