A slip and fall accident can happen on any commercial property. These accidents are often preventable, and property owners have a duty to keep their premises safe and warn visitors of dangerous conditions.
Many times, a slip and fall happens inside or directly outside a business. A slip and fall injury claim is based on a legal doctrine known as premises liability which allows an injured person to hold the property owner accountable for a failure to maintain a safe premises.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) over 3 million people aged 65 or older nationwide are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries each year. Over 800,000 people a year are hospitalized throughout the United States because of an injury from a slip or trip and fall, and the most common of these injuries are a head injury or hip fracture.
In addition, the risk of a slip and fall injury is not limited to certain age groups. In fact, the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, a division of the CDC, recently released data that shows unintentional falls are the top cause of nonfatal injury in all age groups except 10-24. For ages 10-24, unintentional fall is the second leading cause of nonfatal injury.
When you are hurt in a slip and fall, the amount of money you can recover from the property owner or renter who was responsible for the accident will vary depending upon how badly you were hurt. Give us a call today to help us assess your damages and get the compensation you may be entitled to.