Slip and fall accidents accounts for thousands of deaths in the United States every year. According to statistics, slip and fall accidents are the second leading cause of injury in the nation. The United States Department of Labor states that slip and falls cause 15% of all accidental deaths and account for millions of hospital visits each year.
A person can slip, trip or fall at any moment and in any place. Dangerous conditions and hazardous violations on a premise all contribute to the danger that often leads to a slip-and-fall accident. When a person is injured in a slip and fall accident that takes place on someone else’s property, the owner of the house or building may be held liable. Often times slip and fall accidents are a direct cause of failing to comply with building regulations, poor design and failure to comply with maintenance. Furthermore, sleek floor surfaces coated with water, oil, snow or ice are major causes for slips and falls. If you or someone you know has suffered this type of accident, please call our firm and ask to speak to one of our slip and fall lawyers. We have the experience to help.
Slip and Fall Accidents Can Happen Anywhere
Slip and fall accidents are a serious premises liability. The occupiers and owners of the property on which a slip and fall accident occurs, is often held legally responsibility for the injury and damage that a victim suffered. A slip and fall accident can happen at your place of employment, inside and outside a home, at a grocery store, supermarket, movie theater, hotel, mall, parking lot, and restaurant.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
• Defective staircase
• Broken or loose handrail
• Spilled fluid
• Icy or wet sidewalk
• Slippery waxed or polished floor
• Uneven surfaces and cracks
• Food and/or drinks spilled in a food court
Compensation for Your Slip and Fall Accident
Our slip and fall lawyers can assess your case and can counsel you on whether or not you have a case for a slip and fall accident. In many states, a property owner may not be held liable if the condition that caused the accident was obvious or proper warning signs and labels were used to inform the public of the existing hazard.
Although slip and fall accidents are very common, a slip or a fall can be extremely perilous. Slip and fall accidents may cause severe injury and in the most serious cases, a slip and fall can lead to wrongful death. If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident because a property owner neglected to maintain a building or residence, you may be entitled to compensation. Call the slip and fall lawyers at O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Foss to schedule a consultation: (701) 235-8000 or send us an email here.