Slip and Fall Attorneys for Premises Liability and Personal Injuries
Property owners are responsible for keeping their property safe from dangerous conditions that may injure others. Premises liability holds business owners, governments, and property owners liable for injuries occurring on their properties, often due to negligent maintenance or unsafe construction. When property owners neglect to keep their property safe, they endanger you and everyone else in your community. Common causes of injuries due to unsafe premises are:
- Slip and fall accidents due to dangerous walkways, flooring, or failure to remove or treat snow or ice
- Falling objects
- Negligent or inadequate security
- Construction site injuries
- Fires and electrocutions
- Improper lighting
- Falls due to unsafe stairs, railings, or balconies
- Swimming pool accidents
- Escalator and elevator accidents
Slip and fall injuries are some of the most common types of accidents in the United States. Every year, millions of people are injured in fall accidents, and many of these accidents result in serious injuries or even death. An experienced slip and fall lawyer can help you determine negligence and premises liability, helping you form a lawsuit and get the compensation you deserve.
Slip, Trip & Fall Accidents
Most falls happen because of a slip or trip. Slips occur when you lose your balance because of a slippery or wet and icy surface. Stepping on a slick, wet, or icy surface can cause you to lose your balance and fall. Injuries from slips and falls can be severe, so it's important to be aware of their dangers and take steps to prevent them.
Trips happen when your foot catches on something in your path. This can be anything from a hazardous condition like a crack in the pavement to a loose piece of gravel. To avoid trips, watch where you're going and take your time when walking. If you happen to trip, try to catch yourself before falling. If that's not possible, relax and protect your head and neck.
Falls can happen anywhere—at home, at work, or while you’re out and about. They can happen inside or outside and occur on level surfaces or stairs. Fall accidents are the leading cause of injury and death in older adults. But falls don’t just happen to older adults. Millions of people in the United States visit the emergency room because of falls each year; they are the leading cause of nonfatal injuries in people of all ages.
If you do fall, stay calm and try to remember what happened. This can help you, and your doctor figure out how to prevent future falls and remember the essential details for your slip and fall accident claim.
Slip, Trip & Fall Injuries
A fall can cause a wide variety of injuries, some of which can be quite serious. Head and brain injuries are the most common type of injury sustained in a fall accident and can include everything from a mild concussion to a more serious skull fracture. Broken bones are also a common injury, especially in older adults who are more likely to experience a fall. Sprains and strains and neck and back injuries are also common. These injuries can often be debilitating and require extensive treatment and rehabilitation.
Slip and fall injuries can cause long-term problems, including disability and even death. That’s why it’s important to take steps to prevent falls, such as wearing proper shoes, using handrails when you’re walking up or down stairs, and being aware of your surroundings.
Premises Liability and Slip, Trip & Fall Claims
When it comes to premises liability cases, one of the most critical pieces of evidence are photographs of the allegedly dangerous condition at the time of the injury or as soon after as possible. If possible, take photos or have someone take pictures for you of the area where you were injured. If you retain our firm soon after the injury, we can take pictures for you, but the closer in time the photos are to the injury, the better.
In addition to obtaining photos of the area, you should seek prompt medical attention if you have been injured. Do not discuss your case with the property owner other than to report the injury to their insurance company initially, and do not sign any documents until you have consulted a personal injury attorney.
When people are injured on someone else’s property, they may be able to file a personal injury claim against the property owner. Premises liability law holds property owners responsible for injuries that occur on their property, as long as the property owner knew or should have known about the dangerous condition and failed to take reasonable steps to fix it.
Careless property owners can cause people to suffer severe injuries, which can have significant economic and emotional consequences for the injured person and their family. If you or a loved one has been injured by a dangerous condition on someone else’s property, it's crucial to contact a personal injury attorney immediately. The slip and fall lawyers at Maschka, Riedy, Ries, & Frentz have years of experience helping injured people recover the compensation they deserve. We offer a free consultation to discuss your case, and we will fight to get you the best possible outcome. Contact us for your free consultation today.