Slip & fall accidents are the second leading cause of injury in the U.S. These accidents can cause serious injuries, and in some cases, even death. It is estimated that slip & fall accidents account for 16,000 deaths per year. A “slip and fall” injury refers to an accident where someone trips, slips or falls and hurts themselves while they are on another’s property.
Owners of commercial property such as office buildings, retail stores and hotels, have a legal duty to ensure the safety of their patrons. This includes maintaining safe floor surfaces that are free from debris, and providing sufficient lighting. These accidents happen for a variety of reasons, but often involve:
- Broken or uneven sidewalks
- Poorly lit or maintained stairwells
- Wet floors
- Ice or snow buildup
In most states, the property owner must have knowledge that the dangerous condition existed. If it can be shown that the property owner knew of the danger, but failed to take action, they can be found guilty of negligence. If you have been injured and win your case, you could receive compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and other damages.
Depending on where your injury occurred, you may have a claim against the state, county or city if you were on a government owned property. It is important to take prompt action however, as the statute of limitations is shorter than suing a private party.
If you have been injured in a slip & fall accident, contact Schwartzapfel Partners for assistance. With over 150 years of experience, we have handled thousands of slip and fall injury cases. We will thoroughly investigate your case, interview witnesses and take photographs of the dangerous condition. It is important to take prompt action, because it is not uncommon for the defendant to fix the problem after your accident. Call us today and learn more.