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Slip & Fall - Personal Injury
You can’t turn on the television these days without seeing a commercial for installing handrails in your bathtub, med-alert systems for the elderly who may have fallen etc. Sad but true, all these accessories are needed due to the fact that falls account for over 87% of all fractures among people 65 and over. And while falling in many situations is just an accident due to carelessness or perhaps osteoporosis, other times, someone else may be at fault. The neglect for the safety of the general public ( failure to properly clean an icy sidewalk, or maintaining a safe public walkway ) often times leads to a settlement for the injured victim. At times these injuries can be severe and even long lasting.
The statistics show that over 8 million people visit the emergency room each year due to slipping and/or falling, representing 21.3% of emergency room visits, making it one of the leading causes. increasing medical bills, loss of wages, loss of use of your physical abilities... But how do you know if someone else is at fault versus you just being careless? Do you have a “slip and fall” case at all? If you are part of that 21.3%, you may want to consult a legal professional that has the experience to gather the correct information and knows how to handle all the legalities in such cases.
Should I call for Help
So what exactly constitutes calling a Personal Injury Attorney about a possible “slip and fall” case? When your accident occurs on property that is owned or maintained by someone else, the owner of that property may be held legally responsible. Government property, personal property (inside or outside), commercial property, a shopping center or store, even the work place. These are all places where the most common types of slips and falls occur.
Let’s start with the first place we mentioned. If you slip and fall on government property, and this can be local, state or federally owned, be forewarned that government entities are under broad immunity provisions to protect them from being liable for injuries occurring on their property.
The next few places are not as protected by the law. Say for example, you go to a public place such as a grocery store or a hotel. There may be a large floor mat at the entrance. The floor mat may be old, frayed, curled up or even has a hump and does not lay flat on the ground properly. The store knew, obviously, that this mat was a potential tripping hazard due to other complaints, yet they failed to act on ( example; warning others about this potential hazard with yellow safety warning signs near this problem ) or fixing or removing this potential tripping hazard.
If a person trips, slips or falls due to this type of situation and is inured, they may be victim of injury due to neglect and can recover medical and other costs that incurred directly from this type of neglect. The Eshelman Legal Group understands the local, state and federal laws and your rights as the victim in these types of injuries. With over 40 years experience helping the injured, The Eshelman Legal Group knows how to work on your behalf when dealing with big insurance companies and medical professionals.
But floor mats are not the only cause for slipping and falling. There is also poor lighting, wet floors and worn steps to name a few. And these other causes may be due to another persons or company's neglect. Failure to act on a known or documented problem is classified as neglect.
But other things can happen in stores too. An item falling from a top shelf, hitting you in the head and causing you to need stitches. An old, wobbly shopping cart tipping over and breaking your foot. Whatever the case, if the property’s owner knows of an area where someone could possibly get hurt, yet does nothing about it, he is at fault. Another example; if the store just washed or waxed the floors and then failed to erect designated yellow fold out sign(s) warning others of a wet or slippery area, if someone falls and sustains an injury, that can strongly be considered as neglect on the store and the victim may be due fair compensation for any damages.
Besides indoors, the great outdoors can be a hazard to falling also. Most people think of ice or snow (especially during many Ohio winters) not being cleared as the reason someone would slip in a parking lot or sidewalk. The same can hold true for commercial property like an apartment complex, where, for example, the handrails on the stairs are faulty or nonexistent.
If you have been injured due to slipping and falling on someone else's property, you will want to consult with an attorney quickly, as there are usually time limits for filing these types of cases. If you are not sure if you have a case, at the very least, you should consult with an experienced professional at the Eshelman Legal Group who can evaluate whether your case has merit. You really have nothing to lose but if you wait you may have to live with an injury and unnecessary expenses due to someone else's negligence. Keep in mind, at the Eshelman Legal Group, your first consultation is always FREE. For more information about our firm, please visit our website at www.EshelmanGroup.com or call 1.800.365.0001.
We hope you found this information helpful. We are here to help injured victims. The Eshelman Legal Group in Akron, Ohio understand that no matter how cautious you are, others may not be so careful, and accidents happen. So we hope you don’t need to, but if you are in a situation where you need the advice of a Personal Injury lawyer, the Eshelman Legal Group is here to help you. For over 40 years we have been assisting accident victims, and we are here to assist you too... because “We’ll make things right.” .
Ask yourself this question…who does the adjuster work for? The adjuster works for the insurance company, they do not work for you.