Slip and Fall Claims - What You Need to Know
If you or someone close to you has been injured in a slip and fall accident, you may be wondering if you have a claim. These types of accidents are usually the result of negligence on the part of a property owner, and if that’s the case, you may be entitled to compensation. Keep reading to learn more about slip and fall claims and how our team at Lawfty Law can help you get the outcome you deserve.
What Is Negligence?
In order for a slip and fall claim to be successful, it must be proven that the property owner was negligent. But what does that mean? In order for negligence to be proven, four elements must be present:
- Duty: The property owner has a duty to keep the premises safe for visitors.
- Breach: The property owner breached that duty by failing to take reasonable care to address a dangerous condition or warn visitors of potential hazards.
- Causation: The property owner’s breach of duty caused the victim’s injuries.
- Damages: The victim suffered damages as a result of their injuries.
If all four of these elements are present, then it’s likely that the property owner will be held liable for the victim’s injuries.
What Are Common Injuries Sustained in Slip and Fall Accidents?
There are many different types of injuries that can occur as a result of a slip-and-fall accident. Some common injuries include:
- Head injuries: When someone falls, their head is often the first part of their body to make contact with the ground. This can lead to concussions, skull fractures, or other brain injuries.
- Spinal cord injuries: A fall can also cause damage to the spine, which can lead to paralysis or other serious complications.
- Broken bones: Falls often result in broken bones, especially in older adults whose bones are more fragile.
- Soft tissue damage: Even if there isn’t any broken bone, falling can cause serious damage to muscles, ligaments, and tendons.
These are just some of the most common injuries that occur as a result of slip and fall accidents. If you or someone close to you has been injured in a fall, it’s important to seek medical attention right away so that your injuries can be properly diagnosed and treated.
If you or someone close to you has been injured in a slip and fall accident, you may be entitled to compensation from the property owner. To learn more about your legal options or to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys, contact Lawfty Law today.