Serious injuries resulting from slip and fall accidents can happen nearly anywhere – from the grocery store, to the Metro, to the parking lot. While the majority of these accidents can be attributed to unsafe floors, like a loose tile or a puddle that was not properly cleaned up, it is important to understand every example of a slip and fall accident if you are determining whether or not to contact a lawyer.
Proving your case will require that you show a slip and fall accident and its subsequent injuries are the result of negligence on behalf of the premises, whether it is directly related to the owner or their employees.
The condition of flooring is one of the leading causes of slip and fall accidents. Such conditions include:
Taking these common factors that contribute to an accident into consideration, slip and fall injuries can also be the result of a poorly lit area like a staircase or movie theater, or handrails that are missing and were never replaced.
Slip and fall areas might even happen in places you did not initially think of, like walking on the linoleum floor of a nursing home or walking up the stairs to catch an Amtrak train.
Since proving a slip and fall case often requires proving that the property owner or establishment employees broke their duty of care, it is first important to recognize where slip and fall accidents can happen.
While a slip and fall accident that results in serious injuries can happen nearly anywhere, there are some common places where these accidents occur:
While you might worry that it will be difficult to prove your slip and fall case, the good thing about the above locations is that they are well-used by a large number of people. This can help if you are trying to prove a case, witnesses reports could benefit your case. For example, if more than one witness over a period of several hours or days noticed a broken tile at a Metro station, this might help prove to the judge or the jury that the WMATA or workers knew there was a safety issue and took no corrective action to fix the problem.
Additionally, many of these establishments frequently have video surveillance or security cameras installed. There could be a high likelihood that the accident was caught on camera. In the same example, if a Metro tile was broken over a period of days, a security camera might capture Metro workers noticing that the tile is broken and failing to fix the tile or put up caution tape around the tile. This is essential as you gather evidence for your case.
Since there are many common causes of slip and fall accidents (and some that you might not even realize), it is crucial to speak with an attorney that has a winning track record for these types of cases. Your attorney will be able to walk you through every step of the process while ensuring your needs are met and your injuries are well documented.
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, you may have a claim to recover damages resulting from your injuries. Slip and fall injury laws vary depending on the state you are in. Do not wait too long to file a claim, there are limitations of time for bringing an action.
With over 30 years of experience litigating personal injury cases, the attorneys at Regan Zambri Long PLLC will evaluate your case and determine who was at fault for your accident.