The FAQ about Slips and Falls
Slips and falls have led to over 1 million emergency room visits each year, according to the National Floor Safety Institute. Falls often result in different injuries, with one of the most serious consequences being fractures.
With the risks of slips and falls, it is important to know what to do in the event of an injury. Here are some frequently asked questions on slips and falls.
What are Common Causes for Slips and Falls?
Slips and falls can happen nearly everywhere. They can happen on private property, such as in your neighbor’s home or in the mall, and in public places, including parks and sidewalks.
Common causes for slip and fall accidents include:
- Defects in pavement and flooring
- Accumulation of snow or ice
- Broken handrails
- Depressions in the ground
- Spilled food or drinks
- Stray electrical cords and wires
Who is at Fault in Slip and Fall Accidents?
Generally, the owner of the property is at fault when it comes to slip and fall accidents. This is because business owners, property managers, and homeowners have the responsibility of maintaining their property conditions, leading to what is called premises liability.
For example, if the slip and fall accident happens on your friend’s apartment steps, then the fault may lie either on your friend or on the landlord of the apartment, depending on the lease agreement. You can sue the city if your fall is due to a defect in the city sidewalk, if it is proven that the city failed to maintain the sidewalk properly.
There is a stronger case if the property owner “should have known” about the dangerous condition leading to the injury, and yet the property owner failed to do anything to correct the condition.
What Should You Do Immediately After an Accident?
Your case in a slip and fall accident would be stronger if you do the following steps:
- Seek medical treatment immediately. It is best to see a doctor or other medical professional, so that there is clear medical record of your injury.
- Report the incident. Report what happened to the manager, landlord, or owner of the place where the accident occurred. This should be done in writing, and ask for a copy of the report as well.
- Document the event. This includes taking pictures of the location where you fell, and focusing on potential structures that may have caused the fall (e.g. icy patches, fault in the stairs).
- Do not give statements. If you are planning to sue later, limit your communication about the incident, including posting or ranting on social media.
- Call an attorney for help in legal action.
All of these processes should be done promptly, as there are deadlines and requirements involved if you are seeking legal compensation.
Should You Get Legal Help with your Slip and Fall Claim?
Proving liability in a slip and fall case can be a complicated process. It can take time, which is another cost on top of any medical bills you may need to pay. Get the legal assistance that you need from an experienced personal injury lawyer. A good lawyer can evaluate your claim and discuss possible options for liability for you.
Contact the law firm of Matt Fleming and speak with a personal injury lawyer today.