Slips, Trips, and, Falls
Slips, trips, and falls are surprisingly very common and can lead to serious injuries such as fractures and head injuries. Falls are the leading causes of traumatic brain injuries and the third leading cause of death, according to CDC statistics. In 2014, there were two hundred and forty-seven thousand cases of slip and falls injuries with eight hundred and eighteen deaths according to the 2017 edition of “Injury Facts,” a National Safety Council chartbook. Slip and Fall accidents can happen anywhere. Here are some of the common causes:
- Changes in flooring surface (from tile to carpet for example)
- Slippery or slick floors
- Ice or snow
- Uneven pavement or gravel
- Cracks in sidewalks or flooring
- Stairs that are too steep, that have broken handrails or that have narrow treads
- Debris or foreign substances on the floor or walkways
- Changes in the height of the floor or ground such as adding a new staircase where there might not have been
These can happen on commercial establishment floors, restaurants, stores, anywhere a company might not be taking care of their property in the correct way. When an individual becomes injured because of the negligence of the owners of the facilities, a claim can be presented. Slip and fall injury claims are very complicated cases because there are so many aspects to a slip and fall.
For a claim to be filed, you would need to show evidence that you were injured because of that entities failure to maintain their property. It’s extremely important to photograph the area where you fell in order to document the condition of the area. After an accident, the responsible parties often clean or change the condition of the area so that it is difficult to demonstrate what happened.
Your injuries have to be caused by their actions or non-action. Cases like these can be complicated as most of the time its a he-say she says situation. This is where a slip and fall injury attorney is critical because they will gather all the evidence, interview witnesses and obtain documents you will need to make sure that you have a solid case.
Vinas & DeLuca have years of working with slip and fall injury cases and has the expertise that is needed to make sure that your case remains smooth and painless. If you or a loved one have been needlessly injured in a slip, trip, or fall incident, contact Viñas & DeLuca for a free and confidential consultation by calling (305) 372-3650. Or, you can complete our Free Case Evaluation Form and we will contact you.