PERSONAL INJURY SLIP AND FALL/ TRIP AND FALL
Injury Representation in Bainbridge, Georgia
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), over 13,000 deaths each year result from falls. Falls are the second most common cause of accidental death, as vehicle collisions are the number one cause. 70% of falls are due to a lack of ordinary or reasonable maintenance. More than 256,000 non-fatal slip, trip & fall injuries result in one or more lost workdays per incident. Falls are the leading cause of brain injury and also the leading cause that makes people seek medical care. Approximately one third of persons over age 65 will suffer a fall each year. There are over 8 million emergency room visit in the United States each year, due to injuries caused by falls. If these statistics give you the idea that injuries from falls are a public health epidemic, you would be correct in that observation.
There are many different types of hazards that can result in falls, such as: uneven flooring (dangerous change in elevation); foreign substance on floor (water, grease, oil, detergent, the ubiquitous banana peel, snow, ice, etc.); inadequate friction on walking surfaces; merchandise or pallets left out on store floors; worn carpet; exposed nails, screws, on floor; broken flooring; extension cords, etc. Please see the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Powerpoint Presentation at the end of this page, because it identifies many of the hazards that can result in a slip or trip and fall. Of course, these incidents are not just confined to the work place or to an industrial setting.
(Slip, Trip & Fall Video)
Injury from a slip or trip and fall can take place anywhere. There are many locations where dangerous conditions can be encountered that result in a serious injury from a fall. These areas can include: Floors; Ramps; Stairs; Decks; Sidewalks; Parking Lots; Showers; Tubs; Elevators; Escalators; Curbs; etc.
If an injury causing fall is the suspected result of the negligence of another, it is extremely important to quickly act to preserve evidence and to determine the cause of the fall. Many times we have had cases where the dangerous condition was repaired or destroyed within hours or days of an injury. Under the evidence laws, these subsequent remedial measures may or may not be admissible at trial. The obvious problem is that if the evidence is either gone or inadmissible, your case can be much harder to prove (if not impossible). Therefore, it is important to preserve evidence as soon after injury as is possible. This can include: preserving the shoes and clothing you were wearing, photographing and/or videoing the condition of the scene of injury, noting and recording the existence of any warning signs, video cameras, etc.; identifying witnesses and employees who were in the area before during or after injury; formally requesting that the potential defendants preserve specific evidence (such as videos, sweep logs, etc.)
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We have handled many different varieties of Accidents that involved Slip & Falls / Trip and Falls. We have even handled a Slip & Fall / Trip and Fall where a client in a wheelchair backed over store merchandise that had been negligently placed behind him by a store employee. Every fall case is unique and different. We will treat your case accordingly, giving it the individual attention that you deserve.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a fall or if you have questions about your rights, please call for a free consultation.
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