Slippery Floors & Walkways
Slip and fall accidents are one of the most common types of accidents in the U.S. that lead to personal injury lawsuits. Slip and fall injuries often result when weather conditions, unsafe maintenance practicies or another visitor to the property cause a dangerous, slippery condition to develop and the property owner fails to clean it up within a reasonable period of time.
Businesses and individuals who own or occupy property have a duty to protect individuals on their property from dangerous conditions that the owners or occupiers knew or should have known existed. Property owners and occupiers have a duty to make frequent inspections appropriate to the conditions and to warn of hazards until they can be made safe.
Although many people do not think of slipping and falling as causing major injuries, very serious injuries can result from a slip and fall accident. Elderly people are particularly at risk of suffering serious injuries in a slip and fall. The Center for Disease Control has studied slip and fall accidents in older Americans and has published some surprising statistics. Among Americans over age 65, falls are the leading cause of injury death. About a third of adults over age 65 fall each year. In 2008 alone, over 18,000 older Americans died from fall injuries.
There are some common injuries that occur when an individual suffers a slip and fall. About 20 to 30 percent of older people who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries. Such injuries include cuts, broken hips and head injuries. Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injury in all adults. In older adults, traumatic brain injury is responsible for about 46 percent of fatal falls. Falls are also the most common cause of bone fractures among older adults, most often fractures to the arms, legs, ankles, spine, hip, pelvis and hands. Falls also cause spinal injuries ranging from strains and sprains to spinal fractures and herniated discs.
Sadly, many premises owners do not take the duty to keep their property safe to visitors seriously. This mistake can lead to tragic results. If you or a loved one has been injured by a slip and fall accident due to the negligence of a property owner, contact southern California slip and fall accident attorney Donald Sjaarda at 714-963-8216. He can help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
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