One out of every five falls causes serious injuries, and more than 800,000 falling victims are admitted to hospitals every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If a slip and fall occurs on another person’s property, the owner of that property may be liable for injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident, it is important to understand your legal options. Speak to one of our skilled slip and fall attorneys today. Contact the law firm of Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, LLP and schedule a free, no obligation consultation.
Slip and fall accidents tend to occur on property that is improperly maintained, although property owners have a duty to exercise reasonable care in ensuring their premises are safe for visitors. If they fail to do so, property owners may face premises liability lawsuits. The most common contributing factors are:
One in five falls result in serious injuries. They are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and are responsible for over 95% of hip fractures. Other common injuries include broken bones, spinal cord injuries, sprains, strains, and lacerations.
Slip and fall accidents can happen when product spills are not cleaned up promptly, aisles are blocked by merchandise or a lack of warning signs notifying customers when floors are wet and slippery after being cleaned.
Accidents of this nature are the leading cause of injuries at hotels, most of them occurring on flat surfaces.
Homeowners may be liable for a slip and fall accident injury that happens on their property. Possible causes include poor lighting, broken or cracked steps, a hole in the back or front yard, or slippery floors.
Slip and falls commonly occur in the workplace, especially in the construction industry due to employees working from heights.
The elderly are especially vulnerable when it comes to slip and fall accidents. The CDC reports that more than one in four older adults fall each year and approximately 300,000 are hospitalized for hip fractures.
No matter if your case is negotiated with an insurance company or if it goes to trial, you will need the protection of an experienced slip and fall accident attorney due to the rule of contributory negligence. In Washington, D.C., under this rule, if a plaintiff is found to be even a fraction at fault in an injury accident, then they have no right to compensation. The owner of the property on which your injury occurred, will try to place any amount of blame on you so that they won’t be liable for damages. An attorney will protect you by gathering strong evidence for your case so that you receive the compensation you are owed.
Speak with one of our highly qualified Washington, D.C. slip and fall attorneys immediately after you are injured so that we may protect your rights. Contact our office to schedule a free case evaluation today.