Why Slip And Fall Accidents Typically Signal Negligence

Why Slip And Fall Accidents Typically Signal Negligence

Slip and fall accidents often result in serious injuries with significant consequences, such as high medical bills, time away from work, and pain and suffering. Many slip and fall accidents occur due to conditions created by another party’s negligence. Individuals injured in slip and fall accidents precipitated by negligence may have grounds for legal action against the negligent party. The Mississippi slip and fall lawyers with Lott Law help clients fight for financial compensation for their preventable slip and fall injuries. Contact our office today at (228) 215-2787 to learn more about your legal rights in a free consultation.

How Are Slip and Fall Cases Handled Legally?

When someone is injured in a slip and fall caused by negligence, they may have grounds for a personal injury claim against the negligent party. In most cases, slip and fall personal injury claims are filed based on a type of law called premises liability. Premises liability law is used in cases involving injuries sustained on someone else’s property. Property owners are not necessarily liable for any injury suffered on their properties, but premises liability law establishes when property owners can be held liable for such injuries.

To have a valid premises liability claim in Mississippi, the injured party, or their lawyer if they are working with an attorney, must prove four main elements:

  • The defendant was an owner or tenant of the property: Depending on the circumstances of the case, a premises liability case may be filed against either the property owner or a tenant. For example, if you were injured in a slip and fall in a store housed in a rented commercial space, the claim would likely be filed against the store owner (tenant), rather than the landlord.
  • The defendant was negligent: All property owners are held to a certain standard of care. They are required to keep their properties reasonably safe and to address any hazards promptly. If a slip and fall accident happens because the owner or tenant failed to meet this standard of care, they may be considered negligent.
  • The defendant’s negligence resulted in an injury: The injuries suffered must have been a direct result of the property owner or tenant’s negligence.
  • The injured party suffered damages: Actual compensable damages must have been suffered. Typical examples include medical care, lost wages, or emotional distress.

What Are the Most Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents?

Slip, trip, and fall accidents occur when something, such as a misplaced object, a loose cord, or a slick or uneven surface, causes someone to lose their footing and fall. Countless types of hazards can cause these accidents. However, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has identified the following as some of the most common causes of slips, trips, and falls in workplaces:

  • Liquid spills
  • Wet or slippery
  • Ice, snow, and rain
  • Stepladders
  • Loose mats or rugs

Other common slip and fall hazards include cluttered walking paths, potholes, uneven floors, and bad lighting, among others. Unsurprisingly, the same conditions that increase the likelihood of slips and falls in a workplace also frequently contribute to accidents for people who are not at work. 

How Is Negligence Proven in Slip and Fall Cases?

Not all slip-and-fall accidents involve negligence. Some accidents are truly no one’s fault. On the other hand, many are preventable and only occur due to the property owner’s failure to meet their duty of care to property visitors. 

To have a valid case for a personal injury claim, the injured party and their attorney typically must show that one of the three following conditions applies to the case:

  • The property owner reasonably should have known about the hazardous conditions that caused the accident and injuries. 
  • The property owner was aware of the hazardous condition but failed to properly and promptly address it.
  • The property owner directly caused the hazardous condition.

If you were injured in a slip and fall accident that you believe was caused by negligence, you may have grounds for a personal injury claim. You may be able to learn more about slip and fall accidents and lawsuits by contacting the Mississippi slip and fall lawyers at Lott Law.

What Are the Most Common Slip and Fall Injuries?

Slip and fall accidents can result in a wide range of injuries, from relatively minor to permanent and life-altering. According to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), slip and falls account for approximately 1 million hospital visits each year in the United States. Some of the most common types of injuries resulting from slip and fall accidents include: 

Cuts and Abrasions

Cuts and abrasions, as well as several forms of contusions, are common in slip and fall accidents. Relatively minor cuts and abrasions may be more easily treated with first aid measures, while deep lacerations are sometimes at risk for infections and may require stitches. 

Soft Tissue Injuries

Soft tissue injuries vary in severity, from minor sprains to severe tendon and ligament tears. The symptoms of soft tissue injuries are sometimes delayed, so people who suffer slips and falls should seek medical treatment immediately to identify any underlying injuries. Untreated soft tissue injuries can lead to chronic pain and may put the injured individual at risk of further damage if left unaddressed.

Broken Bones

The force of a fall can easily fracture bones. The elderly and children may be especially vulnerable to broken bones when they slip and fall. Depending on the severity of the fracture, the recovery process can take anywhere from months to years. In severe cases, surgeries may be necessary.

Spinal Cord Injuries

When someone slips, falls, and lands on their back, they could suffer a serious spinal cord injury. These injuries can result either from the impact of hitting the ground or from straining the body in an attempt to prevent the fall. Spinal cord injuries can result in temporary or permanent paralysis, and a range of other neurological and sensory impairments.

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) names falls as the number one cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). A TBI can occur during a slip and fall if the victim hits their head during the accident. In minor cases, TBIs may involve concussions, bruising, and bumps. More severe TBIs involve comparably more serious injuries, such as skull fractures and cerebral hemorrhages.

Discuss Your Case With Our Mississippi Slip and Fall Lawyers

Slip and fall accidents often result in grave injuries and related difficulties, from unmanageable medical bills to prolonged suffering and work interruptions. When a slip and fall accident is caused by negligence, the injured party may be able to seek legal compensation for the damages they have suffered as a result of the incident. At Lott Law, our Mississippi slip and fall lawyers are prepared to review your case and help you take legal action against the negligent party. Get in touch with us today at (228) 215-2787 to discuss your case in a free consultation.