Is a Slip and Fall Accident a Personal Injury?
Several thousand people each year are involved in a slip and fall accident and get injured. Sometimes the injuries are very serious, while others are not as concerning. If you fall on someone else’s property, the property owner may be liable for your injuries. There are several ways that someone can slip and fall and cause a personal injury. Maybe they fell on a wet floor, a broken set of stairs, or a rough patch of ground. The biggest question from the individual who fell is typically something along the lines of “is my slip and fall considered a personal injury?”
Slip and Fall Accident is a Personal Injury
Yes, a Slip and Fall accident is considered a personal injury. These accidents can happen anywhere and sometimes the individual who fell can file a personal injury claim against the property owner where the slip and fall accident occurred. Slip and falls are a types of accidents that allows a victim to file a claim against the negligent party to receive compensation for their losses. These losses could include property damage, lost wages, medical bills, and last but not least, pain and suffering. There are several types of damages the victim might face, including physical, emotional, or financial.
Causes of a Slip and Fall Accident
Slip and Fall accidents may occur on either a private or business property. There are several reasons why you this accident might have happened.
- Ice or snow in parking lots, driveways, or walkways
- Wet or slippery floors
- Poorly lit areas
- Broken staircases
- Uneven sidewalks or other walking areas
If a property owner fails to warn you or mark off the dangerous areas, there is a chance you could have a case against them. Although this is just a minor list of potential hazards, a property owner could be liable for any slip and fall accident that happens on their property due to hazardous conditions.
Establishing a Personal Injury Case
Although we have established that a slip and fall is in fact a personal injury case, a victim will have to prove to the insurance company, the judge and/or the jury that their injuries were the direct result of someone else’s negligence. There are important questions that must be asked in order to validate a slip and fall accident as a personal injury case.
- Did the dangerous conditions that caused the victim to slip and fall appear noticeable or obvious?
- Did the property owner place any warning signs around the hazardous area?
- Would another person slip and fall in the same area and suffer injuries?
- Was the victim of the slip and fall accident on the property legally?
Injuries in Slip and Fall Accidents
Every accident is different and some come with more serious injuries than others. But all injuries should be considered, especially if you have a solid case proving that the injury happened because of the negligence of the property owner. Here are some injuries that can come from a slip and fall accident.
- Whiplash or other neck/shoulder injuries
- Slipped disc and back injuries
- Fractured or broken bones
- Nerve damage
- Traumatic Brain Injury
Of course these injuries that a victim suffers will vary widely and depend on their age and health.
Hiring a Slip and Fall Attorney
If you or a family member has suffered serious injuries or death due to a slip and fall accident, you have the legal right to hire a slip and fall attorney. B|B Law Group has an experience group of slip and fall lawyers that can help ensure your legal rights and get you the compensation you deserve.
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