A slip and fall accident typically involves a situation where a person is injured by slipping or tripping and falling due to a dangerous condition on a property. A fall can take place both inside and outside and can result from poorly maintained flooring, wet floors, poorly lit steps, weather-related conditions, and hidden defects. Icy patches, a large crack in a sidewalk, or a large pothole are also conditions that can cause a serious slip and fall injury. Slip and fall injuries can happen anywhere, and often occur at grocery stores, department stores, in parking lots, and on sidewalks when owners fail to properly maintain their premises.
While some people, particularly the insurance industry, tend to make light of slip and fall accidents, the consequences of a fall can be severe. A slip and fall accident may result in a serious injury, such as a head injury, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, herniated or bulding discs, broken bones, a neck injury, back injury, shoulder injury, knee injury, and muscle and ligament injuries.
Common Causes of Falls:
While falls occur for various reasons, the following are common causes:
- Broken stairs, broken steps, and dangerous stairwells or landing areas
- Dangerous sidewalks, large cracks in sidewalks, and potholes
- Defective lighting, inadequate or inoperative lighting
- Slippery or wet floors
- Failure to warn of hazardous or dangerous conditions
- Failure to correct hazardous or dangerous conditions
- Tenant slip, trip and fall injuries caused by landlord negligence
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a fall, please contact one of the attorneys at Cline Farrell Christie Lee & Bell who are experienced in handling premises liability cases today for a free consultation. We look forward to hearing from you and we welcome the opportunity to serve and assist you.