How are slip and fall accidents handled?

Here’s a scary fact: slip and fall accidents are responsible for 15% of all accidental deaths in the United States. Only automobile accidents are a more frequent cause of accidental deaths. Slip and fall injuries are also the leading cause of death and non-fatal injury for those over the age of 65. The injuries a person can suffer from a slip and fall accident are devastating, such as traumatic brain injury, concussions, fractures, bruising, lacerations, and even death. Recovery from a slip and fall accident can be arduous and expensive, with hospital bills, rehabilitation facility bills, loss of income, and permanent injury. Under premises liability laws, a property owner owes certain duties to members of the public. They must ensure that they are keeping their premises free from hazards and that they uphold certain safety measures. If you or a loved one have been injured in a slip and fall accident, you can seek compensation to make up for your injuries and the medical bills that came along with them. This compensation can be in the form of economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages can cover medical bills, lost wages and lost future wages. Non-economic damages can be compensation for the pain and suffering that you have endured as a result of the accident.

Many slip and fall accidents are the results of a property owner’s negligence. A property owner owes members of the public the duty to do the following:

–          Keep the property in good condition

–          Warn about any hazardous conditions

–          Repair dangerous conditions the property owner knows about

–          Inspect the property for defects, if the property is a commercial property (like a grocery store or a mall)

      Accidents can happen due to various reasons. Reasons can include failing to remove ice and snow, failing to warn visitors of hazards, poorly built or maintained stairs, slips on foreign substances in grocery stores and malls and sidewalk slip and falls. If you find that you have been harmed in one of these accidents, you should see a doctor immediately. Medical staff can make sure to address your injuries to ensure that you are on the road to recovery. By visiting a doctor, you can have documentation of your injuries, which can be used to prove that your accident occurred. This can help build your case and hold the other party responsible for the suffering you have endured.

MW&M is comprised of an experienced team of attorneys focusing on legal matters of personal injury, workers’ compensation, Social Security Disability, product liability, and wrongful death in Delaware. If you require an effective attorney to guide you through these difficult legal matters, contact MW&M today to schedule a free case evaluation.