The types of injuries sustained in slip-and-fall injuries can be severe but may also take days, weeks, or even months to come to fruition. That is why it is important following any fall that you take the appropriate steps to document the incident in case you develop injuries. Slip-and-falls in a store can be difficult to cope with, but taking the right steps following the accident could help you in the future.
It has been shown that at least 30 percent of people who are involved in a slip-and-fall accident will sustain serious injury. Some of the injuries most commonly seen with this type of accident include but are not limited to:
- Broken bones
- Broken vertebrae
- Head trauma
- Tendon tears
- Sprained ankles
- Soft tissue damage (herniated discs)
Common Slip and Fall Hazards in a Store
There are many hazards that can exist within a store that could cause an accident such as a slip-and-fall. Some of these dangers can include:
- Spilled foods or liquids
- Wet floors
- Uneven or damaged floors
- Unmaintained outside property
- Improperly stored merchandise
- Broken or hanging items
There are certain safety standards that the property or store owner is required to meet and when they fail to adhere to them they could be liable for any ensuing injuries. For example, in Pennsylvania it is required by law that property owners ensure their properties are safe and free of any dangers that could cause harm. These laws will vary from state to state, but generally there is a law in place stating that the owner must make reasonable attempts to rid their property from any potential hazards.
One of the most trying aspects of a slip-and-fall claim is that of proving fault. There are typically several facets that must be proven including: that the danger was present, that the owner knew or should have reasonably known the risk was there, and that the presence of that hazard directly resulted in your injury. These cases can be complex, and having an aggressive lawyer by your side will increase your chances of recovering damages to help with the financial burdens caused by an accident.
Image courtesy of Flickr (wet floor).