When Can You Seek Compensation for a Slip and Fall Accident?

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Slips and falls. They happen every day. While some slips and falls are minor, many result in serious – and sometimes life-changing – injuries. With the costs of medical care skyrocketing, and with all of the other consequences that go along with a debilitating injury, it is critical that you stand up for your legal rights.

If someone else is responsible for your injuries, you may have the right to seek just compensation for your losses. Property owners owe various duties to visitors, and when they fail to adhere to these duties, they can – and should – be held accountable for the consequences. The following are five examples of situations where slip and fall accident victims will often be entitled to financial compensation:

Common Slip and Fall Accidents

1. Falls from Heights

Falls from heights often result in some of the most serious fall-related injuries.  Situations where victims may be able to recover financial compensation for falls from heights include (but are not limited to) falls caused by:

  • Lack of guardrails
  • Loose stairs
  • Faulty elevators and escalators
  • Unprotected construction sites
  • Unsafe or unsecure guardrails or handrails

2. Falls on Slippery Floors

Slippery floors are among the most common causes of falls. Spills in grocery stores, recently-waxed floors in office buildings, and slick flooring materials can all cause unsuspecting shoppers and visitors to slip and fall. Generally speaking, stores, offices, and other businesses in owe a duty to either remedy or warn of dangerous conditions (like slippery floors) before they lead to serious injuries.

3. Falls on Unmaintained Floors

In addition to cleaning up spills and guarding slippery areas, owners of premises that are open to the public must also promptly other maintenance issues. Things like torn carpeting, loose floorboards, and even clutter are all potential fall risks that can justify claims for compensation.

4. Falls on Unmaintained Sidewalks and Roads

Cracks, potholes, crumbling asphalt or cement, and other maintenance issues with roads and sidewalks are potential fall risks as well. When you aren’t expecting to trip or lose your footing, a sudden fall can easily result in a concussion, sprain, strain, broken bone, or other injury that requires prompt treatment and ongoing rehabilitation or therapy.

5. Pool Accidents

Finally, slipping on decking around pools and falling into pools are both extremely dangerous for obvious reasons, and both are extremely common here in warm and sunny Palm Beach County. Along with drowning and near-drowning injuries, pool-related slips and falls can lead to a variety of other physical ailments as well, including paralysis and traumatic brain injuries (TBI).

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If you have been injured in a fall in Palm Beach County and would like to find out if you are entitled to financial compensation, I encourage you our firm for a free consultation.  We Demand More ®  for our clients’ injuries, and if you have a claim, you can rest assured that we won’t stop fighting until you’ve received the compensation you deserve. To start protecting your legal rights, our team online or call me, Brian D. Guralnick, personally at (561) 202-6673 now.

Disclaimer: The information in this blog is not intended, and must not be taken, as legal advice on any particular set of facts or circumstances. If you need advice on specific legal issues, please consult with a licensed Personal Injury attorney.