Understanding Your Rights After A Slip, Trip Or Fall
Slips, trips and falls are among the most common types of personal injuries to occur, with more than 2.5 million adults entering the emergency room due to such incidents and over 700,000 of those adults actually being admitted to the hospital. These unforeseen incidents can cause injuries, like sprains, fractures and broken bones, as well as more serious injuries like hip and knee fractures, back and spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries and even death, which ultimately affect your independence.
Property owners have an obligation to ensure all potential guests and visitors are not placed in any risky position. Sadly, many property owners fail to take this responsibility seriously, which means that they ultimately end up putting you in harm’s way. When these accidents happen, victims of injury may be able to take legal action against property owners who have failed to hold up their end of the deal.
Common Places For Slips, Trips And Falls:
- Churches and worship centers
- Grocery stores
- An employer
- Public staircases
Reasons You Have An Accident:
- Changes in flooring surfaces (tile to carpet; wood to carpet) and heights (floor to ground; stepdowns)
- Slippery surfaces/flooring
- Ice- or snow-covered surfaces
- Uneven/unlevel walkways, pavement or gravel
- Cracks in walkways, sidewalks, surfaces or flooring
- Stairways (too steep, too narrow, broken handrails, etc.)
- Debris, objects or obstructions in walkways
- Potholes and curbsides
What You Need To Take Legal Action
If you’ve recently been injured in a slip, trip or fall, proving you’re eligible for compensation can be tricky. You must be able to verify that (1) The property owner had a legal obligation to ensure their property was safe for you, the visitor, and (2) They failed to adhere to that obligation, thus causing you harm/injury.
Recently Injured By A Slip, Trip Or Fall?
If you’ve been injured due to a property owner’s negligence to keep their property safe, either residential or commercial, you deserve compensation for your injuries. Contact Hamilton Injury Law Group PLLC to understand your rights. Contact us by calling 270-458-3126 in Kentucky, 812-286-3623 in Indiana, or send us an email.