Slip and Fall

Few injuries can be as unexpected and jarring as a slip and fall. Maybe, you were out with your family, shopping at the mall or in the movie theater, and before you know it, your feet come out from under you, and your body slams to the floor. You hit the ground hard. We’re not talking a minor bruise or scrape either. In many slip and fall cases, we see concussions, traumatic brain injury, fractures, sprains and other serious injuries. We expect the public and private establishments that we visit to keep their grounds safe, clean and navigable. If storeowners are negligent in keeping walkways, paths and other areas clean and free of debris, spills or otherwise dangerous hazards, consumers are put at risk for injury causing accidents. After any type of slip and fall or trip and fall, it’s important to get with a lawyer about your case as soon as possible.

Premises Liability: Slip, Trip and Fall

Cases involving slip, trip and falls involve premises liability. Essentially, this is the type of law that deals with the safety of property. Landowners, homeowners, business owners and others owe a reasonable duty of care to ensure their properties are safely and adequately maintained. There should be no unreasonable risk of harm posed to people who visit their property, whether it’s a business establishment like a grocery store or a private home. Areas need to be maintained in a safe fashion. The importance of a safe environment for customers and others can’t be overstated.

The Elements of a Slip and Fall Case

After an injury, it’s important to determine if your case satisfies all of the elements of a negligent slip and fall claim. First, did the property owners owe you a reasonable duty of care? Second, did the property owner breach that duty of care? Third, did that breach in the duty of care result in your injury accident? Finally, were you physically harmed? If all of those elements are satisfied, you could have a premises liability lawsuit against the property owner. Since these cases are time sensitive and evidence can quickly be cleaned up, it’s essential to get with a lawyer as soon as possible after your injury. The sooner you get in touch with a personal injury lawyer, the better chance you have at a favorable outcome in your case. Listed below are some common injuries associated with slip and fall accidents.

Common Slip and Fall Injuries
  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Fractures
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Neck and spinal cord injuries
  • Concussions
  • Lacerations
  • Facial injuries
  • Miscarriage
  • Contusions
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Nerve damage
Premises Negligence

Property owners owe a reasonable duty of care to patrons and guests. This means that stores should be kept clean and safe. There shouldn’t be debris or un-cleaned spills. Slippery areas should be properly marked to warn consumers of the dangers. Uneven flooring must be repaired or called attention to. In short, a premises needs to be safe for customers, clients, patrons and everyday citizens. If it’s not, and there is negligence involved in your injury accident, you could have a premises liability claim. An important and critical part of being a property owner is maintenance. If you’re property isn’t maintained to a bare-minimum of safety, you’re negligence could contribute to serious, catastrophic or even fatal injuries. Listed below are a few negligent causes for common slip and fall injuries.

Negligent Causes for Slip and Fall Injuries
  • Debris or objects careless left in pathways
  • Spills that are not addressed
  • Uneven flooring
  • Broken stairs
  • Loose, strewn about electrical cords
  • Broken or missing handrails
  • Slippery floors without proper warning
Expenses Associated With Slip and Fall Injuries

As with any injury accident, slip and fall injuries leave victims in the hospital and out of work. In some cases, family members might have to quit working too to take care of injured loved ones. You’ll be facing medical bills, lost wages and other expenses associated with your injury like loss of future earnings, rehabilitation costs, physical therapy expenses and other costs. It’s important to remember that the initial hospital bill is just the tip of the iceberg.

When to Call a Jackson Personal Injury Lawyer

After any type of injury accident due to another person’s negligence, it’s critical to get in touch with a personal injury lawyer about your injury claim and potential lawsuit. You could be left with a mountain of bills and limited earning potential. If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident in or around the Jackson Metro Area, contact Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for an immediate free case consultation.

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