You’re walking along in the produce aisle of the grocery store and, suddenly, you slip and fall in a puddle of water. Ouch.
After this type of accident, your initial impulse may be to feel embarrassed — don’t. Such injuries are serious — one of the most common reasons people go to the emergency room. According to the National Floor Safety Institute, falls account for more than 8 million trips to the hospital emergency room — the leading cause of visits. Slips and falls account for over 1 million visits, or 12 percent of total falls.
Further, more than 16,000 deaths annually are attributed to falls. In addition, experts estimate that more than 300,000 serious injuries and millions of minor injuries each year are the result of slip, trip, and fall incidents.
According to the law, people have the right to expect that the conditions of most government property, public places, offices, stores, companies, and private homes will adhere to basic safety standards. No matter how careful you are, you could walk into a situation in which unsafe conditions make a slip, trip and fall injury unavoidable.
If you’re injured in a slip, trip, and fall incident, follow these guidelines to protect yourself and your legal rights:
Talk to a lawyer to answer your questions about a slip, trip, or fall accident.
Oliver and Sherrie M. – Car Accident
“We were hit head-on by someone who run a red light. I got bruised up real bad inside and I had just had shoulder surgery and it inflamed that. My wife was hurt the worst. It disfigured her right arm. We were referred to Mr. West through our son-in-law so we went up and set an appointment with him. We went in and met him for the first time and he is a very nice gentleman to say the least. He took over the case and found out who the [driver] was. It had totaled the car and I had just gotten it paid off. They didn’t even get hurt. Mr. West took the case and went way out of his way to help. The lady who hit us … they had only the cheapest insurance to get the car on the road … so he helped us get more money to help us pay the bills. We are very happy with how it turned out. Kelly and West, they’re good people. You can talk to them and they’re down home people.”