Slip and fall injuries can happen to anyone at any time. Falls account for over 8 million hospital emergency room visits, representing the leading cause of visits (21.3%). Slips and falls account for over 1 million visits, or 12% of total falls. Sometimes, slip & fall accidents are just accidents that can’t be foreseen or prevented, and are no one’s fault. However, some accidents are caused by something that could have been prevented by a business or other person. If you’ve slipped on a wet floor, tripped in a hole in the sidewalk, or suffered an injury as a result of some other preventable cause, you may have a case to bring to a slip and fall accident attorney.
While most falls can be considered minor, slip and fall injuries are the leading cause of lost days from work, which can impact both yourself and your family if you become seriously injured. The Bureau of Labor Statistics showed the median number of days away from work is 11 days (BLS, 2014). We have highlighted some of these statistics in our Personal Injury by the Numbers post.
Slip and fall lawyers know how complicated it can be to litigate these cases. In order for your case to qualify as a personal injury, it must be well-documented in order to prove the property owner or occupier of the property knew there was a danger to the public, prior notice of the dangerous condition, and a failure to correct the dangerous condition or warn the public of the danger or hazard in a timely fashion. Most people assume that a business or property owner is automatically liable for any and all accidents that occur on the property, and must pay for all injuries or damages. This is not true in most cases. A business or property owner may only be liable for injuries or damages upon the proper showing of negligence on their part. A thorough evaluation and investigation into the accident is therefore essential to any claim.
A San Diego premises liability attorney from Philip M. Cohen’s Law Offices can pursue your slip and fall accident case. Slip and fall lawyers in our office can immediately begin to gather the facts and look for ways to effectively document your case. We will use accident reports, statements from witnesses, photos, or other relevant sources to prove that your accident was preventable.
Examples of slip and fall accidents that can be prevented are:
- Objects left on the floor
- Poor lighting
- Floor defects that the property owner did not remedy
- A falling object
- A malfunctioning door
- Slippery floor
In some cases, lawyers at the Law Offices of Philip M. Cohen can prove the owner was negligent, even if the owner did not know about the condition.
Every slip and fall case is different. San Diego residents in the El Cajon, La Mesa, or greater San Diego area in need of a slip and fall accident attorney can call the Law Offices of Philip M. Cohen A.P.C. Give us a call for your free consultation.