Did you know that slip and fall accidents are the third leading cause of unintentional injury-related death? According to the National Safety Council, in the year 2016 alone, more than 34,000 people died as a result of a fall-related injury—both in their homes and at their workplace.
Clearly, this is a serious issue that needs to be addressed. The good news: Most slip and fall injuries are totally preventable. The bad news: Slip and falls tend to be some of the most underestimated and overlooked types of serious accidents. Property owner negligence tends to be a leading cause of slip and fall accidents—especially in the state of Colorado. In this blog post, we will give you a brief overview of the top causes of slip and fall injuries—and what to do if you ever fall victim to one.
Slip and fall accidents are exactly what they sound like. They occur when someone slips, falls and hurts themselves all on the same level. This can happen anytime and anywhere. One of the most common types of cases is when the victim loses their footing due to unsafe conditions. This can include anything from snagged carpeting to slick floors.
If you are injured in a slip and fall accident in the state of Colorado, you may have a premises liability case on your hands. In other words, you are legally entitled to file a personal injury claim involving laws that specifically apply to the relevant property owners and/or managers. These laws specify the sort of duty of care the property owners and managers have to the visitors.
Many different risk factors can contribute to a slip and fall accident. In the state of Colorado, much of the common causes of slip and fall injuries are environmental—especially during the winter. This includes things like uncleared snow, ice, and slush.
However, slip and fall accidents can happen year-round. For example, you may come across a spill in a commercial area (such as a store aisle or a restaurant) or freshly mopped walkways without any proper warning signs. Or the building itself may be in generally poor condition. There may be various obstacles (like electrical cords) in walkways, or the carpeting may be torn or frayed. You may even encounter broken steps on staircases, inadequate lighting, holes in the pavement, or sudden changes in elevation.
Whatever the case, it is the property owner and/or property manager’s duty to keep the area in proper condition to keep all visitors safe. Oftentimes, they may argue that the victims were acting negligently and caused their own injuries. Don’t let this happen to you. Work with an experienced Colorado slip and fall attorney to protect yourself and receive the compensation you deserve.
Because slip and fall accidents can happen in a wide variety of ways, they can also cause a wide variety of injuries. In any case, slip and fall accidents generally result in the victim hitting the ground hard and abruptly—sometimes even twisting their body on the way down. The following lists some of the most common injuries suffered by victims of slip and fall accidents:
It is important to remember that the above list is not exhaustive. You should seek out medical attention immediately after a slip and fall accident, even if you don’t feel like you’ve suffered any major damage. This is especially true because some injuries do not make themselves fully known until some time has passed. Put your health first. Let a doctor evaluate you.
The time after a slip and fall accident can be hectic and stressful. It’s easy to lose track of what you should and shouldn’t be doing. This also means it’s easy for you to inadvertently do things that sabotage your case. It’s important to act quickly and efficiently after a slip and fall injury, especially if you plan on filing a personal injury claim. You want to open your case with enough time before the statute of limitations expires and enough time for your lawyer to prepare. This means you should be documenting as much evidence as possible.
Begin by reporting your accident to the relevant authorities. This may include the property manager, the property owner, or even local law enforcement. File an accident report if possible and keep a copy for your own records. You may also want to collect the contact information of any witnesses and write down your own account of the incident. Limit your contact with any insurance company representatives. If you must speak to them, stick only to the facts.
No matter what kind of accident you have recently suffered, we at Injury Victim Law may be able to help. Though we are a Colorado-based firm, our team of experts and investigators is ready and available to assist personal injury victims all across the country. You should never have to pay for somebody else’s mistakes. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation with one of our trusted nationwide slip and fall injury attorneys. Let us fight for you and get you the compensation you are rightfully owed. We have helped countless clients resolve their slip and fall cases successfully. We can help you too.