Slip and fall accidents has become something of a joke because it is perceived as an easy way to make money. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that in excess of 1 million Americans are seriously injured in a slip and fall accident every year, with more than 17,000 dying from it. Slip and falls account for 15% of job-related injuries and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration identifies this as second only to car accidents as a leading cause of injury and death.
Slip and falls can lead to serious injury such as traumatic brain damage, spinal damage, fractures, and internal injuries. The incidence of slip and fall typically increase in the winter months when snow and ice can make surfaces treacherously slippery despite reasonable care. However, even places where snow and ice are not a factor, water, debris, and naturally slippery surfaces still have to be addressed. A Houston personal injury lawyer, for example, would take issue with the failure of a property owner to clean up spills that caused a client’s injury. Businesses have a duty of care to ensure that the areas in and around them are safe.
The most common venues for a slip and fall accident in a public place are sidewalks and parking lots. Property owners are liable for injuries or accidents that happen on their property if they fail to take reasonable precautions to prevent such injuries or accidents.
Business owners should remove water, ice, snow and other debris that accumulate and do regular maintenance on their property. As pointed out on the website of Chris Mayo Law Firm, failing to fix damaged or broken stairways may also be negligence. They may do these themselves or hire it out to third parties. However, the property owner continues to be liable for checking if the job is done properly. The property owner may not shift the liability to the maintenance company if they fail to do the work as required. As long as the property owner takes reasonable care, they may avoid liability for slip and fall injuries. Each state may define “reasonableness” in different ways, however.
If you believe that your slip and fall injury was due to the negligence of the property owner, however, you have a perfect right to demand compensation. Consult with a personal injury lawyer in your area to find out your legal options.Read More