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Slip and fall cases are common personal injury claims. In general, property owners have a legal duty to keep their premises reasonably safe for visitors. Fortunately, many slip and falls are preventable if property owners utilize floor mats and other safety equipment appropriately.
If a property owner fails to create and maintain a safe environment, they can be held liable for any injuries that result out of that failure. Thus, injured individuals who slip and fall on floors without safety mats may be able to pursue compensation from the property’s owner.
If you or a loved one was injured in a slip and fall accident, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a free case evaluation with one of our experienced injury attorneys. The Zinda Law Group team provides personalized and quality consultation about the specifics of each and every legal claim brought by our clients.
HOW OFTEN DO SLIP AND FALLS HAPPEN?
Slip and fall accidents occur frequently and often cause injuries. Before proceeding with the legal aspects of a claim, it is helpful to consider how often these accidents actually happen. Knowing about the risks and effects of slip and fall accidents can help you prevent future injuries and evaluate past ones.
Annually, falls account for over eight million hospital emergency room visits, making them the leading cause of visits nationwide; slip and falls alone account for over one million visits. Injuries caused by slip and falls cost the United States an estimated $13-$14 million per year in medical expenses and recovery costs. Not only do slip and fall victims commonly suffer serious consequences from the incident, some cases have even proved fatal.
In the United States, thousands of individuals are treated for injuries sustained in falls every year. In fact, slip and falls are the leading cause of worker compensation claims and occupational injuries for people aged 55 years and older. While any individual can be injured in a slip and fall incident, elderly Americans are most at risk, with 65% of fall fatalities among people aged 75 years or older. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 15,000 people over the age of 65 die from falls annually.
Due to the serious consequences of slip and falls, at-risk individuals should be careful when in dangerous environments. If you or a loved one was injured in a slip and fall accident, you should contact an injury attorney as soon as possible. Once hired, a personal injury attorney will be able to help you determine the underlying cause of your accident and help you follow the steps necessary for seeking compensation for your injury.
WHY DO SLIP AND FALLS HAPPEN?
Slip and fall accidents can have disastrous consequences for victims and family members alike, with injuries ranging from bruises and broken bones to even death. Fortunately, many slip and fall accidents are preventable. Identification of the most common causes of slip and falls is the first step to prevention; by identifying the causes of these falls, individuals and businesses may be able to take extra measures to prevent injury and harm.
According to the National Floor Safety Institute, 55% of all slip and fall accidents are caused by dangerous walking conditions. Examples of dangerous walking conditions includes freshly waxed or mopped floors, slippery pool sides, or construction areas. If businesses with these dangerous walking conditions fail to adequately warn their patrons, they may be liable for any resulting injuries.
Nearly 80% of worker compensation claims arise from employee injuries sustained by falling on slippery floors. Uneven surfaces can also cause slip and falls; uneven surfaces can include loose floorboards, torn carpets, or messy floors. Unsafe work zones can also cause slip and fall accidents, with reportedly over 48,000 workers injured every year by unsafe work conditions.
A slip and fall accident can detrimentally impact a victim’s life, causing them to be forced to deal with lifelong injuries as a result of an accident. Victims who choose not to pursue legal action may be left with burdensome medical bills and recovery costs. If you or a loved one was injured in a slip and fall accident, you should contact an injury attorney who may be able to help you recover compensation for your injuries.
can floor mats help prevent slip and falls?
Most slip and fall accidents are preventable if property owners utilize and follow safety guidelines. Floor mats are just one of many safety features that can help owners prevent slip and falls on their property. Experts have conducted ample research into the usefulness of floor mats and have determined that floor mats are essential for floor safety.
Significant research has gone into the design and development of floor mats. Today, there are many different floor mats that a property owner can choose from, depending on their property’s needs.
Typically, mats are designed for specific uses; for example, high traffic areas such as retail stores, need rough and tough mats. Office buildings need nice looking carpeted mats that capture any dirt brought into the building, while industrial facilities need anti-fatigue mats for the safety for their employees. The most common floor mat is made of rubber or carpet; many other floor mats are composed of vinyl, vulcanized rubber, or slip-resistant nylon.
Safety experts claim that a floor mat can prevent up to 80% of debris from entering a building. Solid floor mats can also reduce the number of times that building carpets and floors need cleaning.
Ultimately, floor mats can serve many purposes. Property owners of every type should use floor mats to protect their customers, visitors, and employees. Whether it is a retail, office, or manufacturing property, floor mats can be used to trap dirt, reduce moisture, prevent slipping, protect the floor, and help keep the building clean.
An investment into good quality floor mats can have long-lasting effects on the residents of a building. Not only can floor mats help prevent slip and falls, but they can also help shield property owners from legal liability in case of an accident. If you were injured in a building without proper floor mats in place, you should contact a floor mat injury lawyer as soon as possible; an injury lawyer may be able to help you assess your claim, determine who is liable, and seek compensation from the responsible party.
what if i was partially responsible for my slip and fall accident?
If you were injured in a slip and fall accident, you may be entitled to legal compensation for your injuries. In general, to win a slip and fall claim, you need to establish that the property owner was responsible for the unsafe condition of the property. In order to hold another party responsible for injuries suffered in a slip and fall accident, you must typically prove one of the following:
1. The property owner should have recognized the dangerous condition and repaired the danger, but failed to do so; or
2. The property owner actually caused the dangerous condition leading to the slip and fall, and it was reasonably foreseeable that someone would trip and fall due to the condition.
If you can prove one of the aforementioned theories, you may be able to recover from the property owner. In order to be held liable for an accident, a property owner must have failed to act as a reasonably prudent person would have acted under the same circumstances. When evaluating this question, you should consider whether there was any outside justification for the unsafe condition or if another factor contributed to your accident.
Your ability to recover will depend on the negligence laws of your particular jurisdiction; some states have additional requirements for slip and fall cases, while others have restrictions for those who were partially at fault for the accident. If you were injured in a slip and fall accident, contact a floor mat injury attorney. Once retained, an attorney will be able to help you determine what laws are applicable and relevant to your case.
CALL ZINDA LAW GROUP’S slip and fall injury attorneys FOR HELP
Although many accidents are preventable, not all can be avoided. If you were injured in a slip and fall accident, you should contact a lawyer who handles accident and injury cases as soon as possible. An experienced attorney will be able to help you assess liability, allocate fault, and seek compensation accordingly.
At Zinda Law Group, we have the knowledge and resources necessary to help you pursue the highest compensation possible. Moreover, the sooner you contact our office, the better we may be able to serve you.
If you or a loved one was injured in a slip and fall accident, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a free consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys. You don’t owe us anything unless we win your case. That’s our No Win, No Fee Guarantee.
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