Over 300,000 people suffer disabling injuries from slip and fall accidents each year in the United States. Even more alarming, slip and fall accidents result in nearly 12,000 deaths each year, ranking second only to deaths from motor vehicle accidents. It is no surprise that slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere in a moment’s notice. Common causes of slip and fall injuries include uneven or unstable surfaces, slippery surfaces, misplaced or fallen objects, lack of handrails, unexpected changes in elevation, or poor lighting.
A slip and fall accident is defined as a slip, trip, or fall on another person’s property as a result of negligence on behalf of the property owner or occupier. More often than not, slip and fall injuries that occur at work are covered under workers’ compensation laws. Outside of the work arena, however, property owners are responsible for property maintenance and have a duty to keep their premises safe of hazards. So before you jump to blame yourself for a slip and fall accident, ask yourself the following questions:
- Is the area regularly and properly maintained?
- Were there adequate warning around the hazard?
- Was there adequate lighting around the hazard?
- Were there adequate handrails around the hazard?
- Was the property owner or occupier aware of the hazard?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, contact LAMA today at 844-400-LAMA (5262). Here at LAMA, we understand how severe slip and fall injuries can be, and we aim to ease your suffering by providing you the medical treatment that you need and the financial security you deserve.
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