A personal injury term that is sometimes heard more often during the winter months is called, “slip, trip, or fall.” However, injuries resulting from a slip, trip or fall are not limited to weather-related hazards such as slippery sidewalks, slick floors, and ice-covered steps. Sometimes, torn carpet, inadequate lighting, lack of railing, change in floor level, or unmarked hazard areas can also be the cause of a slip, trip, or fall injury. In a slip or trip, the body may twist abruptly, place you off balance, and result in hard and painful landing to the ground. In some cases, the injury is minor, and you can move forward. In the worst cases, a fall can lead to serious injuries, or even death.
An injury resulting from a slip, trip, or fall on property or premises that has not been reasonably or properly maintained, can possibly be grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. Typically, these kinds of lawsuits fall under “premises liability” claims.
According to the National Safety Council, slips and falls are:
- The number one cause of accidents in hotels, homes, restaurants, and public buildings.
- Second leading cause of injuries in the U.S. following auto accidents.
Here are some examples of injuries that have been reported from a slip, trip, or fall incident:
Who is vulnerable to a fall injury?
Nobody is excluded from the possibility of injury. Everyone is vulnerable, but small children and the elderly are especially vulnerable to serious injuries from falling.
What should you do if you’re injured?
If you have been seriously injured in a fall, you may be missing work, losing wages and suffering. The accident may have changed your quality of life. It is true that not all falls require a lawsuit, but it’s good to know your options either way. In addition, there are time limitations to file a lawsuit within the Wisconsin statute of limitations. Get the facts and the legal representation that you may need if a lawsuit is necessary. Action Law Offices slip, trip and fall accident lawyers have the experience to ensure that you receive fair compensation for your slip and fall injury.
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