How Do Slip and Fall Accidents Occur?
Slip and fall accidents occur due to a variety of factors, like wet floors and uneven surfaces. A property owner who does not guard invited guests against such hazards may be held liable.
A slip and fall accident can result in serious injuries, which is why preventing them needs to be a top priority for places of business, care homes, and other establishments.
Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents You Can Include in Your Claim
Slip and fall accidents can occur in a number of ways, but what many of the common causes of slip and fall accidents have in common is that they can arise out of negligence. A property owner or business that does not properly guard against common causes of slip and fall accidents is putting customers and others who are invited onto the property in danger.
Top causes of falls include:
- Wet floors
- Improper use of cleaning products
- Bad or low lighting
- Uneven floor surfaces
- Broken handrails
In many of these cases, proper upkeep and due diligence may have been able to prevent a slip and fall accident.
Common Injuries from Slip and Fall Accidents You Can Include in Your Claim
Injuries often sustained in slip and fall accidents include:
- Cuts and lacerations
- Broken wrists
- Shoulder injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Ankle injuries
- Knee injuries
- Fractured hip
- Internal bleeding
- Traumatic brain injury
- Psychological issues
As you can see, these injuries can vary in severity. A slip and fall accident can be especially serious for older victims. A study from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) highlights that hip fractures, an injury commonly suffered in slip and fall accidents, can actually lead to death in some cases. Many do not think of falls as deadly, but it is clear that these types of accidents need to be avoided whenever possible.
When Someone Should Be Held Liable for a Slip and Fall Accident
Sometimes a slip and fall accident is just that, an accident. However, if it can be shown that someone else’s negligence caused a slip and fall that caused you harm, they should be held liable.
If the hazard was something that should have been addressed by a property owner, caregiver, or business, then you may be able to pursue compensation.
Pursuing Compensation for Your Accident
If you believe that someone else’s actions, or inaction, resulted in your slip and fall accident, you may be entitled to compensation. You can pursue damages that help cover:
- Medical costs: Bills resulting from your slip and fall injury can begin to add up quickly. Your compensation can help you cover them.
- Cost of future care: If your injuries leave you with lasting damage that will require future care, that should be considered when your compensation is calculated.
- Lost wages: If you cannot work while you recover, your awarded damages can help make up for those missed paychecks and lost wages.
- Future loss of earning capacity: If your injuries leave you unable to work in the same capacity, affecting your ability to make a living in the future, your compensation needs to help make up for that.
- Past and future pain and suffering: Any other pain and suffering you and your family experienced as a result of your slip and fall accident should be taken into account when fair compensation is being decided upon.
Should You Hire a Lawyer?
Hiring a personal injury attorney from our firm is not a necessity, but it can be beneficial for a few reasons. Our attorney will:
- File your case as soon as possible
- Handle all communications for you
- Keep you updated on your case
- Hold negligent parties accountable
- Gather the evidence needed to make your case
- Argue your case, in court if needed
- Help you evaluate settlement offers
The Statute of Limitations in Nevada Slip and Fall Cases
Your lawyer will ensure that the legal process gets started quickly so that you do not have to worry about the state deadlines. In accordance with NRS §11.190(4)(e), you have two years to file a lawsuit and pursue compensation.
A lawyer from our firm will get started on fighting for you right away.
Contact Our Attorneys Today for a Free Consultation
If you or a loved one was injured in a slip and fall accident, you may have legal options. If your slip and fall accident occurred due to someone else’s negligence, you could be entitled to compensation.
Call High Stakes Injury Law and receive your free consultation today. There is no obligation, just the chance to learn more about your options and how we can put our 60+ years of combined experience to work for you.