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How Do Slip and Fall Accidents Occur?

Slip and fall accidents can happen to anyone at any time.

While not all accidents end in a personal injury claim, many are the result of a property owner's negligence.

If there is a dangerous condition on someone else’s property, and the property owner failed to remedy the dangerous condition, you as the victim can seek compensation for your losses.

Regan Zambri Long explains how slip and fall accidents occur.

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Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents can occur for a variety of reasons. Be it the injured party simply fell due to bad shoes, or general unsteadiness due to age, health, or that there was a dangerous condition that led to the accident. Slip and falls remain one of the most common accidents in emergency rooms that require treatment.

In general, a slip and fall occurs when a person loses traction or balance or trips on a surface. While these can also occur at a variety of heights–like falling from a ladder–they often happen at surface level.

Common causes of surface-level slips and falls include:

In addition to these negligent conditions which can lead to a slip and fall, sometimes, the victim shares part of the fault. Common situations in slip and fall cases where it is not entirely the property owners fault for the accident include:

Know that the reasonable person standard is the idea that all people have a duty to act as a reasonable person would to avoid actions that risk harm to others. While there is not a clear definition of who a reasonable person is, it’s more the idea of in that scenario, how one should act to avoid causing harm.

According to the Mayo Clinic, other risk factors for falls include:

However, just because someone belongs to one of these categories does not mean that they hold complete fault or are even at fault at all for the accident.

What Injuries Are Common in a Slip and Fall Accident?

In elderly Americans, slip and falls often lead to traumatic brain injuries, hip damage, and a higher susceptibility to falls in the future. Often this is because of pre-existing conditions, medications, difficulties with mobility and balance as well as fall-related anxiety which reduces the amount of activity the person engages in.

Though the elderly population remains most at-risk for severe injuries following a fall, so too are those in certain employment fields where injuries can occur.

Common injuries following a slip and fall accident include:

While some of these injuries resolve with treatment and time, depending on the severity, they can result in life-long changes which include long-term medical treatment, disability, decreased earning potential, and more.

What Compensation Can I Recover in a Slip and Fall Claim?

If you or a loved one are injured in a slip and fall accident because of a property owner’s negligence, you may be able to seek a premises liability claim. When successful, you may be able to recoup compensation for the following:

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Have you or your loved one sustained injuries in Washington DC, Maryland or Virginia? Regan Zambri Long PLLC has the best lawyers in the country to analyze your case and answer the questions you may have.

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