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Slip-and-falls are among the most common types of accidents that result in injuries. These accidents are all the more hazardous because they can happen just about anywhere. While falls from a height, such as from a ladder, might be more dangerous, even simple slip-and-falls can result in serious injuries. These accidents are particularly dangerous for the elderly, since recovery time is longer and additional complications often arise afterward.

If you have been injured in a slip-and-fall accident on someone else's property, you may deserve compensation, even if you initially feel like it was your fault. If those injuries were caused by someone’s negligence, then you may be able to hold him or her liable and gain compensation for your medical expenses and more. Call an Omaha premises liability lawyer at Bottlinger Law L.L.C. at (402) 999-0234. Tell us about what happened and we can talk about the best way to move forward.

What Is Considered a Slip-and-Fall?

The term "slip and fall" refers to any kind of falling injury that happens while a person is on the ground. This is in contrast to something like falling from a ladder or from a worksite scaffold (which are also personal injury situations). Common slip-and-fall situations include slipping on a wet floor in a store, falling down poorly maintained stairs, and slipping on an icy sidewalk.

Common Causes of Slip-and-Fall Accidents

Slip-and-falls happen in a wide range of situations and settings, though they are most common at construction sites and on stairs.

Construction sites already top the list of "most dangerous places to work." There are numerous opportunities for falling in these settings - down stairs, off of ladders, and even due to tripping over tools and substances left on the ground.

Falling down a flight of stairs presents you with numerous chances for serious injuries; from impacts with the corners of the stairs to hands or feet getting caught in railings. Businesses must ensure that walkways in stores and other locations are kept clear of tripping hazards, and provide handrails and adequate lighting around all stairs.

Injuries from Slip-and-Falls

Injuries in a slip-and-fall accident usually occur when a person hits the ground, and the parts of the body that hit the ground tend to determine the injuries. Striking other objects, like the railing of a stairway, can cause additional harm. Some of the most common injuries include:

  • Broken bones happen because of hard impact with the ground, or from an attempt to catch oneself after slipping. While broken bones may seem fairly minor, they still cause pain and result in medical expenses. Sometimes, an arm or a leg can never be used the same way again.
  • Internal bleeding
  • Neck and spinal injuries are especially likely if a person lands on his or her back. These injuries can result in life-long pain, or even more serious consequences like paralysis.
  • Brain damage due to striking the head or face in a fall is often incredibly serious. Traumatic brain injuries can have cognitive consequences for the rest of a person's life.

Negligence and Liability

Determining whether someone else is liable for injuries from your slip-and-fall comes down to negligence, and whether that negligence caused the accident. Negligence occurs when a property or business owner knew (or should have known) about a potentially dangerous situation, but fails to act in a reasonable way to fix the situation. For example, if a property owner does not replace a burnt-out light in a stairway, he may be held financially responsible when someone falls down those unlit stairs.

Using mats near entrances, frequently mopping tracked-in snow and water, salting icy sidewalks, and providing adequate lighting around a business can all help prevent injuries. If a business owner fails to take these kinds of steps to protect people from hazards, he or she may be liable for an injured person’s medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

The Dangers of Winter Weather

The winters in Nebraska and Iowa can be particularly treacherous. Icy and snowy sidewalks create a great danger for pedestrians. Parking lots can be quite treacherous for people getting into and out of vehicles, as areas around cars may be slushy or icy. The entrances to stores and businesses can be wet from tracked-in snow, which creates additional dangers for slipping.

Property owners should work to eliminate the hazards posed by such conditions. Watch out for black ice in parking lots and let store owners or managers know about any unsafe weather conditions you see. If injured, contact an attorney as soon as you are able.

Slip-and-fall accidents can have serious, even deadly, consequences. Don't feel like you have to suffer in silence or that it was entirely your fault. After any slip-and-fall, call Bottlinger Law L.L.C. at (402) 505-8234 to discuss your options in a free consultation.

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