Americans view slip and fall accidents as incidents which cause embarrassment, but no real damage or harm. These accidents might result in minor injuries such as cuts, scrapes, bruising or perhaps a broken bone or two. However, they sometimes cause injuries that only can be repaired by major surgery. Life-threatening injuries such as spinal damage, severe burns, traumatic brain injury or even death could occur from a fall.
In Florida, more than 18,000 victims visited emergency rooms in 2008 for treatment after a dog bite. Of those, 761 were admitted to the hospital for more extensive treatment. Besides treatment for the injury caused by the bite, victims also must be concerned about the risks of infection and disease.
Slip and fall accidents happen in a variety of locations, both inside and outside. These accidents could occur at a private home, a business or on property owned by the government. The causes of such an accident can vary as well. A person could be injured walking on an uneven sidewalk, falling into a pothole on a city street, slipping on a wet floor in a supermarket, tumbling down a flight of stairs due to a rickety handrail or suffering burns from a bowl of hot soup placed on a shaky table in a restaurant.
Property owners could prevent most slip and fall accidents with improved maintenance and by following simple safety procedures. Florida law requires that property and business owners use reasonable care to maintain their property and warn others of hidden dangers. However, a person who sustains injuries from a slip and fall must prove:
An accident not only affects the victim. It can have devastating effects on the victim’s family, especially if the victim is the sole provider for the household. You might be entitled to monetary compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, vehicle repairs and so much more, depending on the nature of your personal injury case.
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