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Slip and Fall Accidents

November 1st, 2011 by

Do you know that one in every three adults age 65 and older falls every year? I didn’t until recently. As more and more baby boomers turn 65, this number has the potential to grow by an alarming number. While many people consider slipping and falling a byproduct of growing older, the truth is, anyone, at any age, can be injured as a result of a slip and fall.

There are many situations when the property owner may be held responsible for preventable, dangerous conditions that lead to a slip and fall injury. They include:

  • Torn carpeting
  • Poor lighting
  • Narrow or uneven stairs
  • Wet or slippery floor
  • Uneven pavement
  • Potholes
  • Lack of handrails

Many slip and fall accidents are actually preventable. A personal injury attorney can determine if you were hurt because of the property owner’s negligence, because of your own fault, or fault of you and the landowner. Common places where slip and fall accidents happen include:

  • Malls
  • Apartment buildings
  • Supermarkets
  • Warehouse stores
  • City managed places like parks, sidewalks, and airports

Did you know that if you slip and fall in an apartment building, the property’s owners could be held responsible for your injuries? Generally, the landlord of the apartment building has an obligation to keep the apartment building in a reasonably safe condition, and if the landlord doesn’t do that, and as a result of that you sustain an injury, then that landlord may be held responsible for your medical treatment costs, your pain and suffering and, your time off from work,

If you’ve slipped and fallen in a public place – such as a mall, store, or even an apartment building – you have legal rights. An attorney can help you secure monetary compensation for your injuries and get the insurance companies to pay your accident-related medical bills and expenses.

Finally, if you’re hurt in a slip and fall accident, don’t make excuses and don’t admit fault, for the simple reason that the accident may not be your fault at all! After you seek medical attention, get an attorney to examine the causes for the slip and fall incident, and to protect your rights.

Robert M. Cohen

Attorney at Law

Walker & Walker Attorney Network at 1-800-THE-LAW2

The information within the blog is not to be construed as legal advice.

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