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Common Slip and Fall Injuries

Posted by Trent Kelly on November 2, 2020
Common Slip and Fall Injuries

If you fall and injure yourself while on someone else’s property, you might have a slip and fall claim. These accidents can result in surprisingly severe injuries that can result in extensive losses, so it is important to take legal action.  

A slip and fall case falls under premises liability claims, which attaches liability for someone’s injury to a negligent property or business owner. To hold someone liable, it must be shown that the property owner somehow caused the fall, such as they knew of some defect that caused the injury, or should have known of the defect because a reasonable person would have discovered the defect. In other words, an injured person must show that the property’s owner was negligent and that negligence caused you to fall and injure yourself.

It is important to identify when property owners are negligent because the injuries and losses from slip and falls can be extensive. You should always consult with Austin personal injury attorneys after this type of accident. 

Serious Injuries from Slip and Falls

Some people slip and fall, and they are able to stand up and laugh off the accident without any injuries. On the other hand, a slip and fall accident can change the lives of some victims. When someone falls, they might land on the hard floor, unsuccessfully try to catch themselves, or even hit nearby shelves or objects. This can result in a wide range of traumatic injuries, such as:

  • Fractures 
  • Concussions
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Broken hips
  • Spinal injuries

Many slip and fall accident victims need emergency medical treatment, as well as surgery, rehabilitative therapy, and much more. These injuries can often keep people from working, causing additional financial losses. It is important to have a lawyer evaluate the cause of your slip and fall to determine who might be held liable for your losses. 

Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents

Many slips and fall accidents result from unsafe property conditions. The most common defects that can make property unsafe include:

  • Wet floors, especially those without warning indicating that the floor is wet
  • Freshly cleaned and wet floors 
  • Uneven flooring and ripped carpeting 
  • Poor lighting 
  • Uneven and broken sidewalks 
  • Staircases that are poorly constructed or have missing or broken steps 
  • Cluttered and uneven floor displays 

If a hazard caused your injuries, you should speak with a lawyer right away since you only have a limited amount of time to take legal action. 

Statute of Limitations

It is important to keep in mind that a statute of limitations applies to slip and fall cases, and it is the same as the statute of limitations for bringing other personal injury cases. According to the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code, a person has two years from the date of the slip and fall to seek legal recourse. 

Have You Been Injured in a Slip and Fall Accident? Call Austin Personal Injury Attorneys

If you’ve been injured as a result of a negligent property owner’s failure to maintain safe conditions, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and losses. The Austin personal injury attorneys of Terry & Kelly, PLLC, will provide information relating to your rights in a personal injury case and fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Call (512) 872-4584 or fill out our website contact form for your free consultation today.

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