A slip and fall accident is always unexpected and very often serious. Some of the serious injuries that can occur from a slip and fall include: broken bones, scarring, head injuries, and even death. When such an accident occurs on the property of another person or business due to the negligent upkeep of the premises, the owner may be responsible for the damages you incur.
A slip and fall accident can occur almost anywhere. Common defects that can lead to a slip and fall accident are:
- Wet floors;
- Missing or uneven steps;
- Broken or missing stairway rails;
- Uneven carpet or floor mats;
- Poorly lit hallways or stairwells
- Spilled or dropped items that create a hazard.
In Rhode Island and Massachusetts, thanks in large part to our adverse winter weather, potholes, cracks in the pavement and sidewalks, and other surface defects can also lead to a fall.
What should you do if in a slip and fall accident?
If the accident occurs in a public establishment or business and you are able, report the accident to a manager or person of responsibility. Again, if able, take pictures with a cell phone or digital camera or ask a friend to do so. In addition, if any witnesses are at the scene, obtain names and phone numbers so that they can attest to how the accident occured.
It is also important to contact a personal injury attorney experienced with slip and fall claims so that you can establish liability and receive the compensation that you deserve. Like other personal injury claims, a victim of slip and fall is entitled to: past and future medical bills, past and future lost wages, and pain and suffering. My office has handled many slip and fall accidents and will aggressively handle your case to ensure that you receive everything that you deserve.