The personal injuries associated with slip and fall accidents are traumatic. An unexpected slip and fall accident can lead to serious head injuries, spinal and neck complications, broken bones, and sprains which require significant and costly medical care. If your personal injury is the result of someone else’s negligence, we at the Law Offices of Steven J. Horn will help you pursue the responsible party for damages. Lost wages, medical bills and the anguish involved in personal injury can be devastating. Let us help get you back on your feet.
How Do Slip and Fall Accidents Happen?
Statistics show that approximately 35% of all brain injuries are caused by slip and fall accidents. As the leading cause of brain injuries, slip and fall accidents are more prevalent than most people understand. The cause of these unfortunate and unforeseen accidents is typically the result of a negligent party’s indifference to the safety of others. This inattention can manifest in many ways, including:
- Lack of maintenance of real property
- Wet or slippery surfaces
- Debris, foreign objects on floors
- Uneven walkways, curbs
- Lack of signage/adequate warnings for steps or uneven terrain
- Malfunctioning escalators/elevators
- Pavement cracks
- Parking lot hazards
- Torn carpets or missing tiles on floors
- Insufficient lighting
- Broken handrails
Hazards can appear without notice or warning, causing serious injuries to those who slip and fall because of the owner or operator’s failure to provide safe conditions for the public to enjoy.
Where Do Slip and Fall Accident Happen?
Slip and fall accidents happen anywhere; even in someone’s home.
Other examples can include:
- Shopping/strip malls
- Public parks, spaces
- Government buildings
- Private dwellings
- Housing facilities, including nursing homes
- Apartment buildings
- Grocery stores
- Work spaces
- Hotels, resorts
There is no limit to where a slip and fall accident can happen. The Center for Disease Control reports that over one million Americans suffer from slip and fall injuries each year, with over 17,000 dying from their injuries.
The shock and strain of these accidents can cause serious medical issues, including
- Brain injuries
- Spine injuries
- Neck injuries
- Broken bones
- Muscle and ligament tears
- Stiffness and soreness
The extent of your injuries may not be on display immediately after a fall. The stress of the injury can mask pain and potential complications that will surface once the adrenaline subsides.
If you are involved in a slip and fall accident:
- Get medical care right away
- Document the circumstances by taking pictures or video
- Record names and contact information from witnesses
- Preserve medical records from exams, follow-up or rehabilitative procedures
- Register any missed work/lost wages as noted necessary by a physician
- Retain copies of all bills accumulated from the injury
It is important to document the area where the fall took place before the negligent party has time to correct the conditions that caused the injuries. Keeping records to the best of your ability will help ensure a full recovery is considered when the case is outlined in court.
Pursuing a Slip and Fall Accident with Injury Case
If you were involved in a slip and fall, it is important to contact the Law Office of Steven J. Horn immediately following the accident. The quicker we can establish your case after it happens, the better our chances are of solidifying and proving fault.
This is necessary in slip and fall cases, as the owner or operator of the property – public, private or municipal – is responsible for providing a safe environment for their guests, visitors or employees. When they fail to do so, we will help you hold them responsible for their legal shortcomings.
Holding the Negligent Party Responsible
Upon developing a solid case against the negligent party, we will pursue financial recovery for you, including seeking possible compensation from :
- Insurance coverage
- Personal resources
- Corporate capital
- Government funds
We work tirelessly to deliver results through prompt, measurable resolutions.
Contact the Law Offices of Steven J. Horn Today
If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident call our accomplished personal injury attorney today at (818) 385-1050. We will discuss your options in pursuing the negligent party who caused your injuries while allowing you to focus on healing.