Some of the most common personal injury cases filed today involve slip and fall accidents. In fact, studies by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that one in every three adults over age 65 suffers from a slip and fall injury each year in the United States. However, slip and fall injuries can affect individuals of all ages and often require the assistance of a personal injury attorney.
- Understanding Slip and Falls
A slip and fall case is one that arises when a person suffers an injury after experiencing a slip and fall on the property of another individual. These cases are often considered premises liability claim, as they usually occur on premises owned or maintained by someone else. Some of the most common hazardous or dangerous conditions that may lead to a slip and fall injury include torn carpeting, changes in flooring levels, narrow stairwells, poor lighting, and wet or slippery flooring. Additional causes of slip and fall injuries may include hazards or obstacles on public roadways and sidewalks, including broken or cracked sidewalks and other maintenance issues.
- When to Hire an Attorney
In order to file a personal injury claim you must prove that the cause of your slip and fall injury was due to a hazardous condition that the owner or possessor of the property was aware of. You must also demonstrate that this dangerous condition presented an unforeseeable risk that you were unable to anticipate under the specific circumstances. Individuals interested in filing a personal injury claim following a slip and fall injury must also show that the owner or possessor of the property failed to correct the dangerous condition.
With several years of experience, the personal injury and workplace injury lawyers with the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood are ready to help you gain compensation following a slip and fall injury. For more information on our services, contact us online or call (919) 238-4668.
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