Slipping and falling can lead to serious, sometimes permanent injuries. In many cases, the person or business that owns or manages the property where you fell is legally responsible for preventing slip and fall accidents. If they failed to meet their duty to maintain the premises in a reasonably safe condition, they could be liable for causing your injuries. The personal injury lawyers at McKinney Vos can evaluate your situation, explain your rights, and help you recover the compensation you deserve.
Slip and fall accidents are a common cause of injury. They result in millions of emergency room visits every year. A slip and fall accident can happen almost anywhere: at work, in a private home, at a business, or on a public street. Here are some of the most common causes of slip and fall accidents.
Wet or slippery surfaces are among the most common causes of slip and fall accidents. These hazards can be caused by wet floors or puddles of liquid, such as spilled liquid or food in a grocery store.
Uneven or raised surfaces are another common cause of slip and fall accidents. Examples include potholes in a parking lot, an uneven sidewalk, trash or debris on the floor, or transitions from one surface to another, such as from carpet to wood.
Poor lighting is another common cause of slip and fall accidents. If you cannot see where you are walking, you are more likely to trip and fall.
Exposed wiring, such as cords running across a walkway, is another common cause of trip and fall accidents.
Bunched-up rugs or curled floor mats are another common cause of trip and fall accidents. These uneven surfaces are a tripping hazard that can cause a trip and fall accident.
Stairs are another common cause of trip and fall accidents. Loose or missing handrails, loose steps, or inadequate lighting can cause trip and fall accidents.
Slips, trips, and falls can happen anywhere: in the workplace, crossing the street, in a private residence, or at other locations we regularly frequent, such as:
Regardless of the cause, falling and striking the ground can result in severe injuries, such as:
When a slip and fall accident causes injuries, you should consider contacting an experienced personal injury lawyer. The slip and fall injury lawyers at McKinney Vos offer a free, confidential consultation to discuss your situation and can provide a preliminary assessment of your case and your likelihood of success.
To win your slip and fall case, you must prove:
Property owners owe visitors a different duty of care depending on why the guest was on their property.
Holding a property owner liable for your injuries can be challenging, and defense lawyers will raise various theories to try to shield their clients from liability. Our personal injury lawyers can overcome these defenses by showing the judge there is a genuine question as to whether the property owner took reasonable measures to ensure your safety.
Proving a property owner violated their duty of care often requires proof that the property owner knew or should have known of a dangerous condition on their property and failed to address it. Your lawyer may present witness testimony about how long the hazard existed, evidence of prior accidents, or video surveillance to show the property owner knew or should have known of the hazard.
Finally, your lawyer must prove that the property owner’s negligence caused your injuries. This is often accomplished through medical documentation and expert testimony from your medical provider as to the cause and extent of your injuries.
Slips, trips, and falls can happen almost anywhere and can be caused by a variety of factors. If you were injured in a slip and fall accident, you might be entitled to compensation. We encourage you to contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your legal rights.