When someone is injured in a slip and fall or trip and fall accident, it is common to assume that the only person who is at fault for causing the accident is the accident victim.
Whether through clumsiness or recklessness, it is presumed that the person who fell is responsible.
While this may be true in some cases, it can often be proven that somebody else is at fault, which makes it possible for the accident victim to pursue compensation in a personal injury claim.
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Under the legal principle of “premises liability,” a property owner can be held legally accountable for accidents occurring on the premises under certain circumstances.
If the owner knew or should have known about the conditions which caused the accident and yet failed to take reasonable precaution to correct the situation, you may be able to sue to recover monetary damages for all your medical bills, your lost income and pain, and suffering.
After suffering injury from a slip and fall accident, reach out to our firm’s Dayton personal injury attorneys for experienced legal guidance. Call (937) 660-8429 to schedule your free case evaluation today!
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accident
The number of circumstances that can lead to a slip and fall accident is nearly endless, but certain causes are more common than others. According to statistics provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the top ten causes of slip and fall include:
- Contaminants such as water, grease or food on the floor
- Lack of proper drainage
- The uneven indoor floor surface
- Uneven outdoor floor surface
- Ice or snow on the walkway
- Inadequate lighting
- Hazards on stairs such as uneven steps or poorly maintained handrails
- Falls from stepstools and ladders
- Clutter, cords, and debris on the floor
- Improper use of floor mats and runners
What to Expect with Your Injury Case
The CDC also reports that falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury, accounting for 35.2% of all new cases of TBI, as well as 22% of all spinal cord injuries every year. Slip and fall accidents will also commonly leave the victim with injuries such as sprains, strains and dislocations, bruises and bone fractures.
Whatever type of injury you have suffered, contact us at Gounaris Abboud, LPA to learn about your legal options and take the first steps in your accident claim.