If you recently suffered a painful slip and fall accident due to a wet floor or some other factor, is the accident your fault (for not being careful enough) or can you blame someone else, namely, those in charge, or the owner, of the property, for lacking the responsibility in making sure that his/her place is free of whatever may serve as hazard to people’s safety?
Slip and fall accident is one of the top causes of serious injuries in the U.S. The National Safety Council (NSC) Injury Facts says that more than 8 million of this type of accident occurs every year.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), some of the most serious effects of a slip and fall accident are fracture to the hip, torn muscle, torn ligament, knee injury, and broken bones (wrist and/or elbow), while the ones who are most prone to it are people at least 55 years old. Though it may just be a simple accident to many, it can result to an injury that is serious enough to alter a victim’s life, making him/her incapable of further enjoying quality years and performing worthwhile activities.
A slip and fall accident can occur in any type of property where there may be trip hazards that are not noticeable, exposed wires, uncovered metal or wooden pegs, unnecessary clutter, no warning signs, especially on wet surfaces, uneven floors or walkway or moss-filled floors, inadequate lighting along walkways, unstable surfaces, no railings or guardrails, and so forth. It can happen in hospitals, inside a church, inside a mall or a restaurant, beside a pool, in the office – practically, anywhere, where the owner of a premise is negligent or careless enough as to allow accident-causing elements to remain in his/her area of responsibility.
Sadly, many lack concern in cleaning their own mess, and still many more do not have the initiative to clean their premises – to make sure that every corner is safe. If they do not want to tidy up things for others’ sake, then, at least, they should get rid of any hazard for their own safety. Always, the victim of such lack of concern, carelessness or negligence, is someone who is totally unaware of a possible slip or trip hazard.
The Benton Law Firm believes that the person or party liable in slip and fall accidents are property owners. Thus, owners should be aware that an accident that is due to their negligence will most likely be followed by a claims lawsuit.