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A slip and fall is a very common type of premises liability accident. A slip and fall usually occurs when someone was walking on a surface that was slippery, defective, or otherwise unsafe to walk on. According to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), over one million emergency room visits are caused by slip and fall accidents every year. This is unfortunate considering that slip and falls are easily preventable.
A slip and fall may seem insignificant, but it can cause more than bruises and embarrassment. According to the NFSI, a serious fracture can occur in about 5% of those who suffer a slip and fall. Hip fractures are the most common type of injury that can occur after a slip and fall, and hip fractures can actually be fatal for an elderly victim. A particularly severe slip and fall has the potential to cause a concussion or a serious brain injury in almost everyone.
Under California premises liability law, all property owners have a legal obligation to keep their premises safe from any foreseeable hazards. If a property owner fails to maintain their property and someone suffers a slip and fall as a result of their negligence, they may be liable for any injuries sustained.
If you or a loved suffered a slip and fall accident, the team of Los Angeles premises liability lawyers at West Coast Trial Lawyers is here to help you. We have decades of experience handling premises liability claims in Los Angeles and we are tough and aggressive litigators. We’re prepared to take your case to trial to ensure that you recover maximum compensation for your injuries.
All property owners are legally responsible to be aware of any potential slip and fall hazards and immediately repair them. A property owner’s failure to address a slip and fall hazard that results in a preventable injury is an act of negligence. If you believe you were injured because a property owner did not repair a hazard that directly caused your slip and fall accident, you may be entitled to file a premises liability lawsuit.
Common slip and fall hazards include:
Over a million people require emergency room visits every year after a slip and fall accident. This means, over two thousand slip and fall accidents a day occur in the United States. A serious fall causes about 8 million emergency room visits a year, and of all those ER visits, about 12% were caused by a slip and fall.
Five percent of slip and fall accidents will involve broken bones. Slip and fall accident victims have a five percent chance of breaking a bone. A slip and fall accident also causes a severe injury in about 20-30% percent of cases.
$30,000 to $40,000 is the average cost of a slip and fall. The average hospital bill to treat a slip and fall, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is over $30,000. Other sources place the average cost as high as $48,000.
Falls are the most common cause of a brain injury. The most common way of suffering a brain injury is to suffer a fall. Brain injuries are devastating and can have lifelong effects that are complicated to diagnose and treat.
About one third of adults over the age of 65 fall every year. In general, the older a person gets, the more likely they are to suffer a fall, and the more severe an accident will be. Over 60% of nursing home residents fall once a year.
Slip and falls are a common cause of serious injury for everyone. Slip and falls are more common and dangerous for the elderly, but they’re also a leading cause of injury for others. Slip and falls are a common cause of non-fatal injuries for every age group except those between the ages of 10 and 24. For people between the ages of 10 and 24, a slip and fall is the second most common cause of non-fatal injuries.
All property owners who allow visitors on their property have a legal responsibility to take reasonable measures to prevent any foreseeable slip and fall dangers. All premises liability cases are unique, but successful litigation of a slip and fall accident will require:
If your or a loved one was injured in a slip and fall accident, contact an experienced Los Angeles premises liability lawyer at West Coast Trial Lawyers today. Our attorneys will get you maximum compensation for medical care and damages. Consultations are always free, and you only pay when we get you compensation for your injuries. You can reach our friendly staff today by emailing us at email@example.com or by calling toll free at (213) 927-3700.