Slip-And-Fall Accidents Are A Type Of Premises Liability Case
As their name implies, a slip-and-fall accident occurs when someone slips, trips or falls and suffers an injury. These accidents are sometimes treated dismissively, as if they are not capable of causing serious injuries, but falls are one of the leading causes of injury and death in the U.S., and when they result from negligence, our attorneys at Tuttle Law, P.A., work aggressively to hold those negligent parties accountable.
Falls Are Serious Accidents
In Florida, with a large elderly population, it is especially important that business owners recognize that there are many threats to their guests. In stores, items are dropped and spilled on their floors. A clear liquid may not be apparent to a shopper, especially if they are intent on looking for an item on a shelf or if their eyesight is not 100%.
Boxes, pallets and even rugs, when loose or bunched up can lead to serious injuries, like broken hips, arms, shoulders and in the most severe falls, broken necks and traumatic brain injuries. It is shocking the number of people who die every year from falling backward and striking their heads on a hard surface.
If You Have Been Injured In A Fall
If you fell and were severely injured, it is unlikely you would be able to help document the scene of your accident. However, if you are with someone, you should immediately take pictures, if possible, of the cause of the fall, from multiple angles. These photos can help identify the substance and may indicate how long it has been on the floor.
This can help us determine if you have a valid premises liability claim. It also can help convince a judge, jury or insurance company of the circumstance of the accident. Witnesses are helpful and obtaining names and phone numbers of anyone who saw the accident can help. If the business fills out an accident report, you should also obtain a copy.