A frightening aspect of a slip-and-fall accident is that it can happen anywhere at any time. In an instant, the victim of a fall accident can suffer such serious injuries as a traumatic brain injury (TBI), spinal cord damage, a broken hip or even death. In addition to the pain and suffering caused by a slip-and-fall accident, it can easily lead to medical costs and other losses that create a crushing financial burden.
Slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accident is a term used in a personal injury claim to describe the event of a person falling or tripping on someone’s else property, such as a store, business, on a public street or sidewalk, in a private home or just about anywhere. When property owners or other responsible parties neglect hazardous conditions that result in an injury-causing fall, they may be held liable for the fall victim’s losses.
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Common Slip-and-Fall Hazards
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says 20 to 30 percent of people involved in fall accidents suffer moderate to severe injuries. Falls most commonly cause broken bones, but they can also cause catastrophic injuries such as TBI and spinal cord injuries.
The National Safety Council (NSC) says the risk of falling and the medical problems that arise from fall-related injuries are a serious issue. The NSC warns property owners to take the time to remove slip, trip and fall hazards.
Common locations for falls include:
- Slippery floors due to wetness from spills or tracked in rain, mud, snow, sleet, etc., or naturally slick surfaces like stone or glass
- Cluttered hallways, aisles and other walkways
- Staircases and ramps, including stairways with broken or loose stair treads or handrails
- Uneven surfaces, such as torn or bunched carpet, uneven bricks or paving stones, potholes, etc.
- Unstable surfaces, such as floors with loose or broken tiles, floorboards, area rugs, etc.
- Poorly lit areas
- Ladders and scaffolding
Among the places these hazards are likely to be found are:
- Retail stores, such as grocery stores, department stores, convenience stores, boutiques, strip shopping centers, malls, etc.
- Sidewalks and parking lots
- Stadiums and arenas
- Parks, including amusement parks
- Nursing homes and retirement homes
- Business offices
- Construction sites
- Private homes
Rights for Victims of Slip-and-Fall Accidents
If you have suffered a slip-and-fall accident on someone else’s property, you should protect your rights. If the property owner’s negligence led to your fall – such as the failure to clean up a spill or repair damage – you may have a claim. You may be able to obtain insurance money to assist with your medical expenses and other losses connected to your fall.
Premises liability is a complex area of law, but victims of slip-and-fall accidents can prevail in legal claims. Joye Law Firm has helped many South Carolinians whose lives have changed forever because of serious injuries suffered in slip-and-fall accidents that should not have happened.
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Injured in a Fall in South Carolina? Get Legal Help Now
If you have suffered serious injuries in a slip-and-fall accident caused by a property owner’s negligence in South Carolina, you may have a right to compensation for your injuries and other losses.
Our experienced premises liability attorneys are ready to meet with you for a free initial consultation about your accident and your legal options. Call Joye Law Firm now or fill out this online contact form.