Whether you’re out shopping for groceries or running to the post office to drop off a package, you have the reasonable expectation that the public and even some private spaces you enter are safe for you to visit. However, this is not always the case. Property owners have a legal duty to keep their properties safe for the people who have a legal and legitimate reason to enter them. But many properties fall into disrepair and are subject to the development of hazardous conditions that the property owner must stay aware of in order to ensure the safety of customers, clients and visitors. If you are injured due to unsafe conditions on someone’s property—whether public, private, or government property—call our slip and fall attorney right away to preserve your right to file a claim for damages.
From private homes to rental properties, nursing homes, stores, construction sites and entertainment venues, slip and fall accidents can happen virtually anywhere, anytime. These accidents can result in a host of different injuries, including:
- Spinal cord trauma
- Neck and back injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Sprains, strains and torn tendons and ligaments
Slip and Fall and Premises Liability
Slip and fall claims can result from injuries incurred in both residential and commercial settings—which also largely determines how a particular claim unfolds. In residential slip and fall scenarios, the victim must show that the landlord controls the conditions that resulting in the fall, prevention of the fall was possible if repairs had been made toward them off, and that the injury was an obvious result of the dangerous condition.
In commercial slip and fall scenarios, the property owner must have been aware of the dangerous condition or caused the condition and have failed to take the actions of a reasonable person.
Regardless, in both residential and commercial slip and fall accidents, the person injured must be lawfully present on the property. Property owners owe little regard to the safety of trespassers.
Causes of Slip and Fall Injuries
Falling can be a minor embarrassment; you pick yourself up, maybe even laugh a little, and go on about your business. But in some instances, falling can cause serious problems and even death, given the right circumstances and conditions. Likewise, falls are unpredictable by nature. A seemingly non-injurious fall can lead to hidden injuries that only surface in the days, weeks or even months after the fall occurs.
Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries in the United States, according to date from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Twenty percent of all falls result in head injuries or broken bones. Some of the most-cited reasons for slip and fall accidents include:
- Wet or slippery floors or other walking surfaces
- Ice on walking surfaces
- Debris, clutter or boxes causing a tripping hazard
- Unsafe flooring or stairways
- Uneven pavement or sidewalks
- Lack of adequate lighting
- Openings or holes in unexpected places
If you have experienced a slip and fall injury, contact our Bensalem slip and fall attorney right away for a free consultation with our expert legal team.