Slip and Fall Injury Accident
A slip and fall injury accident can occur nearly anywhere, on public or private property, indoors or outdoors. The U.S. Bureau of labor Statistics (“BLS”) reported a total of 5,657 fatal work injuries for calendar year 2007 [BLS 2009]. Of the fatality cases, 847 were associated with falls. In addition, of the 1,078,140 nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work in 2008, there were 260,610 cases associated with slips and falls [BLS 2010]. The National Safety Council  estimated that compensation and medical costs associated with employee slip and fall incidents were approximately $70 billion/year. The U.S. construction industry continues to suffer the highest rate of fall related fatalities, while the health services and wholesale and retail industries experience the highest frequency of non-fatal fall injuries. A slip-and-fall injury can occur because of hazards such as:
- Adverse weather conditions (for example, ice, snow, or rain)
- Uneven sidewalks
- Poorly lit or unmarked pathways or stairs
- Slippery tiling
- Unbalanced flooring
- Rippled carpet
- Obstructions on the floor or walkway
If you have suffered a slip-and-fall injury because of a property owner’s negligence, he or she may be held liable for the accident. Use an experienced GMYD premises liability lawyer who can help you pursue damages for your injury and Get the Money You Deserve.
Type of Slip and Fall Injuries
Since property owners are responsible for maintaining safe premises and warning visitors of potential hazards, they can be held liable for injuries that occur due to unsafe conditions on their property.
Slip-and-fall accidents can result in many types of injuries, ranging from the relatively minor to the extremely severe. A victim may sustain bruises, broken bones, and scrapes that require minimal medical treatment and heal relatively quickly. Other victims suffer a catastrophic personal injury – a brain injury, spinal cord injury, or burn injury – that causes lifelong damage and requires ongoing medical care. In the worst case scenario, the victim dies because of his or her injuries. If this is the case, and the accident occurred because of the property owner’s negligence, then the death is considered a wrongful death and can be litigated as such.
The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control estimates that, in 2009 alone, more than eight million people were injured in slip-and-fall accidents.
Premise Liability Lawyer
If you or a loved one has sustained a slip-and-fall injury, contact Sonyia Byrd at GMYD to determine your eligibility for filing a premises liability lawsuit. If you have a viable case, you may pursue compensation for damages, including compensation for your injuries, pain, suffering, and lost earning potential. The team at Sonyia Byrd can help you with your personal injuries.