Unsafe work conditions, wet or icy floors, sidewalks, or poor maintenance can all result in slip and fall injuries. In many of these workplace injury cases as well as non-workplace slip-and-fall injuries, the employer or property owner may have been negligent in their responsibility to provide a safe job site or premises, in which case they could be liable for damages. This is known as "premises liability".
Falls alone – from ladders, roofs, scaffolding, vehicles and other work areas – causing hundreds to thousands of serious injuries a year. A study conducted by the University of Florida found that the most frequent injury suffered in slips and falls were injuries to the back, which accounted for about one-third of the total. More than another one-third were injuries to other joints, including the wrist, elbow, shoulder, ankle, knee and hip.
Many people mistakenly believe that fall injuries are not serious. The reality is that a simple fall could leave you badly hurt and with substantial medical expenses.
Determining whom to pursue a claim against after a fall is important. You want to ensure you pursue all possible claims so you can maximize your chances of adequate compensation. Claims may be made against any individuals or businesses who failed to fulfill legal obligations to keep the properties safe. This could include:
- Property owners or renters
- Property maintenance or management companies
- Landlords, owners
- Project managers
- Business owners
Businesses have a responsibility to use practical care to keep their premises in a reasonably safe condition. This includes conducting regular inspections of their premises to discover any unsafe conditions.
In a slip and fall case, a business can have previous knowledge of a potential condition. The condition may occur through an employee that: put a substance on the floor, failed to remove the substance from the floor, or failed to check regularly and missed the substance on the floor.
In a non-slip and fall case, it is necessary to check for past injuries or past complaints within the place of business and whether or not the conditions were out of the norm and whether safety standards were met.
These types of cases are often extremely complex. It is best to seek out an attorney to handle these claims.
Injured on someone’s property
Owners have a lower duty to social guests than a business does to those injured on their premises. However, under certain circumstances, a possessor can be held liable for injuries to social guests. Such conditions include knowledge of the dangerous condition, failure to warn guests of a dangerous condition, and failure to make the dangerous condition safe.
Under certain circumstances, a landowner may be liable even for injuries sustained by a trespasser, especially if the victim is a child.
These types of cases are often complex and it pays to discuss your case with an attorney. Contact the Todd Law Firm for further information and a free case evaluation at 512-472-7799.