If you’re like most people, you’ve probably tripped and fallen a time or two in your life. Hopefully, you were able to dust yourself off and move on with your day (maybe even chuckling at your clumsiness in the process)—but each day in the United States, thousands of people aren’t so lucky. In fact, slip-and-fall accidents have been found to be responsible for an average of more than eight million hospital visits in the United States each year.
Of course, slip-and-fall / trip-and-fall incidents aren’t always a result of innocent clumsiness; negligence on the part of a property owner can create situations where a slip-and-fall accident / trip-and-fall accident becomes unavoidable. This is why it’s so important for people to understand their rights when it comes to slip-and-fall accidents and injuries. This way, if you or a loved one is ever injured in such an accident, you can act promptly and protect your best interests.
At The Stoddard Firm, we handle slip-and-fall cases and trip-and-fall cases on a regular basis—and our experienced legal team is here to fight for your rights. Schedule a free case consultation with us today by calling 678-RESULTS.
Causes of Slip-and-Fall / Trip-and-Fall Accidents
There are many potential causes of slip-and-fall accidents, many of which are related to negligence and/or carelessness by another person or entity. For example, wet/slippery floors at a local grocery store are a common culprit in these types of accidents, especially in situations where a spill has occurred in the middle of an aisle. In other retail stores, entryways may become a prime location for slip-and-fall accidents during times of rain and/or snow, as people will track in water that can create a slipping hazard on slick flooring surfaces like tile.
Slip-and-fall accidents on sidewalks and in parking lots are also quite common, especially in areas where pavement is cracked, uneven, or has large holes that can create a tripping hazard. The same tripping hazards can apply to indoor areas where flooring was installed improperly and is uneven or buckling.
Insufficient lighting is yet another cause of slip-and-fall accidents, particularly in darker areas such as in stairwells, hallways, and parking lots of retail stores, restaurants, and hotels. These incidents are even more common when poor lighting is combined with a lack of stair maintenance or handrails.
Common Injuries From Slip-and-Fall Accidents
The injuries sustained from a slip-and-fall accident can range greatly from minor to severe or even fatal. Potential injuries could include:
Frequent Defendants in Slip-and-Fall / Trip-and-Fall Cases
The most common corporate defendants in a metro Atlanta slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall case are grocery stores, apartment complexes, cities (such as Atlanta), MARTA, and the Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta Airport.
Grocery store slip and fall cases often involve leaky freezers, leaky roofs, or broken containers that were once filled with liquids. Regardless of the liquid source, liability hinges on how long the hazard remained on the floor and what the grocer did to search for and remove it. A hazard alone is not enough. To prevail in these cases, the injured victim must show that the grocery store knew or should have known of the hazard and that the victim did not know about it.
Apartment complex slip and fall / trip and fall cases are usually based on broken concrete, rusted out railing, dimly lit staircases, or stagnant slick liquids in common area hallways. These cases also require the injured victim to lack awareness of the hazard before falling.
Cities, and in particular, the City of Atlanta is a frequent defendant in trip and fall cases. Cities have a responsibility to properly maintain their sidewalks and the City of Atlanta is a clear and frequent violator of that duty. For example, a Georgia Institute of Technology study found that cities like Atlanta have recently paid out millions in compensation for trip-and-fall injuries related to poorly maintained sidewalks. The Stoddard Firm has successfully represented multiple victims against the City of Atlanta in these types of cases.
MARTA and The Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta Airport are some other common Defendants in slip-and-fall cases, and the Stoddard Firm has achieved successful results against both of these Defendants too. Both MARTA and Hartsfield Jackson Airport have extensive foot traffic, and neither does enough to search for and remove fall hazards from their respective premises. As a result, many persons are hurt each year at these high traffic facilities.
How a Personal Injury Attorney Can Help
If you or a loved one is ever injured in a slip-and-fall incident, having a personal injury attorney to represent you can make all the difference in the outcome of your case. Specifically, our team at The Stoddard Firm can assist you by first completing a free case assessment, followed by providing you with specific legal guidance and recommendations regarding how to proceed with your case. We can then represent you throughout every step of the process, fighting for your best interests along the way.
In addition to slip-and-fall cases, we also represent clients in other personal injury claims, including shower burns in apartment complexes, auto accidents, and more. Contact us today at 678-RESULTS to set up your free consultation and to find out more about what our dedicated legal team can do for you.
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