Slip and fall injuries include accidents which are caused by a variety of conditions including wet floors, uneven surfaces, loose handrails on stairs and balconies and hazards left in walkways. Liability for such injuries finds its basis in the legal theory of “premises liability”.
Premises liability is the concept that one is liable for injuries which occur on their property due to an unsafe condition which the property owner should have foreseen and from which they should have acted to protect others from harm. Every property owner is responsible for ensuring safe conditions on their property. When they fail to do so, they can be held liable for injuries to others for that failure.
Slip and fall injury liability is the most questioned by defendants and insurers. Many defendants and insurance companies feel that the injured person should have been more careful and that it is the injured person’s fault they were hurt. The law disagrees. Nevertheless, slip and fall injuries are among the hardest to negotiate and to litigate.
The injuries sustained in slip and fall situations are no less serious than any other personal injury. It is common for people to suffer back, ankle, knee, hip, elbow and head injuries. Head injuries always have a risk of becoming serious as the brain is among the most fragile of the internal organs. Concussions can cause permanent or long lasting cognitive function disorders including loss of memory, inability to think clearly, and even blindness. These symptoms may not manifest themselves for days, weeks or even months after an injury.
If you have fallen on property belonging to someone else you should immediately seek medical attention to document the possible injuries.
If you have suffered injuries in any premises liability situation, you should also seek out the assistance of an attorney who understands the law of premises liability and the intricacies of establishing liability in such situations. Make no mistake, premises liability cases require the assistance of an attorney who is not only prepared to fight for you, but one who has an established track record of refusing to back down to insurance carriers and unsympathetic property owners.
Most of all, remember that you are not to blame if a hazardous condition is present and causes your fall. Many people fail to take action out of embarrassment, feeling that it was their own fault. Such an attitude can leave an injured person suffering from injuries without medical treatment and potentially leave them debilitated for life. Don’t let this happen to you. Everyone falls at some point in their life. Sometimes it is their fault.
However, much of the time the blame lies on the owner of the property who failed to take reasonable precautions to protect others from harm. If your situation involved an unsafe condition, seek out help, both medical and legal, to protect your health and your legal rights to recover damages and make you whole again.
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