Slip and fall accidents don’t just happen by chance; they happen as a result of negligence and ignoring the safety standards that are required by law. Even though there are plenty of safety standards, codes, laws, and guidelines for both taking care of construction areas and current properties, people too often need the help of slip and fall accident lawyers to gain compensation through a premises liability lawsuit. It’s been estimated that as many as 25,000 slip, trip, and fall accidents happen daily in the US.
Slip and fall accidents are considered premise liability cases, which require the expertise of a skilled slip and fall attorney.
When a property owner does not properly care for and maintain his or her property, the situation can result in a tragic slip and fall accident. These situations can seem hopeless as you fight to prove liability of the property owner or manager. With The Carlson Law Firm on your side, there is no reason to be afraid of the matter at hand. A slip and fall attorney can help you recover not only physically but also financially.
What are common Slip and Fall injuries
More than 2.5 million older adults visited emergency rooms in the U.S. in 2013 after being injured in non-fatal falls, and more than 734,000 patients were admitted to a hospital, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Falls can cause severe injuries including:
Can a slip and fall cause a bulging disc?
Yes, a bulging disc is a common slip and fall injury. While the discs between your vertebrae absorb daily impacts on the spine, they are impervious to damage. Discs may suffer wear and tear for a variety of reasons and bulging discs often occur on their own. However, sudden impacts such as a slip and fall can also cause a bulging disc spinal injury.
Can a slip and fall cause a herniated disc?
A slip and fall on liquids, hazardous or dangerous premises can lead to herniated discs. In fact, herniated discs are a common slip and fall injury. Much like a bulging disc, a herniated disc involves your vertebrae. Spinal disc injuries lead to severe pain because of nerve compression.
What to do after a Slip and Fall injury
Statistics show that there is a high likelihood that, at some point in your life, you will fall and injure yourself. While many falls occur due to no negligence on the part of others, a significant number of injuries attributed to slip and falls because of owner negligence. Often, property owners fail to keep their premises safe from unreasonably dangerous conditions and know hazards. In the event you suffer an injury in a way that you feel may be the fault of another, it is essential you take the appropriate steps from the moment the accident occurs to protect your rights and preserve crucial evidence to prove your premises liability lawsuit.
If you are involved in a slip/trip & fall accident, you should:
How can I take Legal Action after a slip and fall?
The law allows creates a path to make you whole after certain losses. You can seek compensation for all of the costs and consequences of fall accidents. For example, you may seek payment for medical bills, lost income/wages, pain and suffering damages, and emotional distress damages. If the fall leads to a death, the surviving family members can also recover compensation for loss of companionship and other wrongful death damages.
Under Texas law, the duty owed to a person who enters another person’s property is determined by the injured party’s status. One who owns or is in control of property may owe a different duty depending upon the injured person’s status.
The three status classifications are:
- Invitee – An invitee is defined as someone who enters the property of another for the property possessors benefit. For example, a customer in a store is an invitee.
- Licensee – A licensee is a person who enters the property of another for the mutual benefit of the landowner/possessor and the individual visiting.
- Trespasser – A trespasser is a person who enters the property of another without any invitation or right. A person who enters a property as an invitee can become a trespasser. For example, leaving the area where you are an invitee to enter a zoned off locations makes you a trespasser. An example is a store customer sneaking into an employee-only area.
Each of the above classifications determines the duty owed to the injured person. The duties owed are as follows:
- Duty to an Invitee. A person in control of the premises owes a duty to exercise reasonable care to provide safe premises. This means that the landowner must disclose all unreasonably dangerous conditions of which he or she is aware. Further, this includes those conditions that he should have knowledge of upon reasonable inspection of the property. Failure to do one or the other results in liability for injury caused by the unreasonably dangerous condition.
- Duty to a Licensee. A person in control of the premises owes a licensee a duty to disclose only known dangerous conditions. There is no duty to inspect the property to make it reasonably safe for a licensee.
- Duty to a Trespasser. A person in control of the premises owes a trespasser only a minimal duty: do not cause intentional or willful harm. Proving liability for an adult trespasser is extremely difficult in many cases. However, there are some exceptions, such as the attractive nuisance doctrine and the doctrine of implied permission by acquiescence.
How a slip and fall attorney at The Carlson Law Firm Can Help You
At The Carlson Law Firm, we can use our over 35 years worth of experience to help determine liability. We have investigators on our team who work hard to find irrefutable evidence in premises liability cases. You deserve compensation for the substantial amount of medical bills or other hardships as a result of your injuries. A slip and fall attorney from our firm can help you receive that which you deserve. It is important to work with a slip and fall attorney who understands your situation. Our firm can help you through the process of rebuilding your life.
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