Slip and fall accidents happen in a variety of places and are a common source of personal injuries. There are more slip and fall injuries treated in hospital emergency rooms each year than car accident injuries. Falls are the leading cause of nonfatal injuries across all age groups (except for that of 15-24 year-olds), but are most prevalent in children under the age of 14 and adults 65 and over. Additionally, some 17,000 Americans die from slip and fall injuries each year resulting in numerous wrongful death cases.
There must be a dangerous condition to recover for a slip & fall accident.
Slip and fall accidents happen nearly everywhere you and your family go including supermarkets, shopping malls, restaurants, movie theaters, your workplace, municipal parks, public streets or sidewalks, and event arenas. Slip and fall accident injuries are often caused by slippery or wet substances on floors, buckled or turned up carpeting, uneven road/sidewalk surfaces, missing stairway handrails, or lack of lighting. Of course, some falls brought on by a slip or trip are the fault of our own inattention or clumsiness. However, if you experience a fall due to the poor maintenance of another’s property, they may be liable for any damages you suffer.
There are two types of falls: same level falls and elevated falls. Over 70% of all slip and fall accidents are a result of same level falls. Slip and fall accidents can cause injuries as minor as a twisted ankle or cuts and bruises to severe personal injuries such as broken bones resulting in surgery, back injuries, knee injuries, hip fractures, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injury, and sometimes death. Serious personal injuries often mean hospital stays, physical therapy, surgery, lost work time, and hefty medical bills.
The experienced Bucks and Mercer County personal injury lawyers at Cordisco & Saile, LLC have successfully represented numerous slip and fall accident victims. If you or a loved one is injured due to a slip and fall, your first priority is to seek medical treatment. It is also very important to report the slip and fall accident to the property owner or manager, carefully document the details of your slip and fall accident, and get contact information for any witness(es) present at the time of your fall. There must be a dangerous condition that caused the fall. It is critical to take photos of the condition that caused the fall in order to be able to prove your case and recover fair compensation for a slip and fall injury. Your slip and fall injury lawyer may also hire experts to help prove the dangerous condition.
If you feel your injury is due to a property defect or someone’s negligence, you should contact a qualified NJ or PA slip and fall injury attorney before you make any statements to an insurance company. Liability or negligence in a slip and fall accident case can sometimes be difficult to prove, but the PA – NJ slip and fall injury lawyers at Cordisco & Saile, LLC know how to properly investigate a premises liability claim in order to prove that a dangerous condition existed at the time of your injury. To learn more, call our slip and fall injury representatives to schedule a free consultation.