The terms “slip and fall and “trip and fall” are often used synonymously. However, they are technically different. That said, -slip and fall and trip and fall accidents are very much like you might assume. They involve tripping or slipping and falling – often resulting in injuries. Regardless of the exact circumstances, there may be another party responsible and that’s when you will want to consult a personal injury attorney. Your lawyer can help preserve evidence and determine the strength and value of your claim.
Although it’s obvious what slip and fall accidents are, it’s important to know they happened. You may not realize someone else may be responsible.
Common slip and fall incidents
Whether you’re in a public space, such as a commercial business, or in someone else’s home, the property owner has a responsibility to keep the floor clear of hazards and notify you of dangerous conditions they may exist. This includes ensuring water or other spilled liquids are cleaned up right away. If the liquid is the result of a persistent leak, the area should be marked off to prevent access to the wet flooring. If this type of action isn’t taken and you slip on the spill, the property owner could be held liable for any injuries you suffer.
In almost any situation, poor lighting can create a higher potential for a slip and fall. This is especially true near staircases, escalators, or on outdoor sidewalks. Combined with a blocked walkway or another type of hazard, your risks for a fall rise significantly. You might trip and fall onto the floor, or you might fall over a ledge or down an incline. If you are involved in this type of slip and fall accident, you should try to take pictures of the area that showcase the insufficient lighting.
Obstructed walkways or staircases
You can also seek damages for a trip and fall that resulted from tripping over an obstruction. This can include boxes left in a walkway or an upturned sidewalk. In fact, almost any type of obstruction that causes you to trip and fall can leave the property owner liable for your damages.
When you seek damages in a slip and fall injury claim, you’ll be seeking financial compensation for the medical treatment you’ll require to heal your injuries. Typically, these injuries include broken bones in the arms or legs, head trauma, back and neck injuries, or damages to your hip bones. You’ll also be entitled to past wages, future loss of earnings, and pain, suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life damages should you succeed with your claim.
If you’ve been injured in a slip or trip and fall case in Southwest Florida, the attorneys at Kagan Law Firm in Fort Myers, FL can help. They have the experience you need to fight on your behalf for the compensation you deserve. Call (239) 466-1161 to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys.