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October 14, 2017

What is a Slip and Fall Accident Case?

Slip and Falls happen often and unexpectedly. The possibility of falling is frightening.  All of us have experienced a slip at some point, but slip and falls can be very serious occurrences. Slip and falls are the number one reason for emergency room visits in the United States. They account for 15% of all deaths in the country.

Victims of slip and fall accidents caused by the negligence of others are entitled to compensation. Slip and fall accidents can result in very serious and sometimes fatal injuries. About 20-30% of all slip and fall victims will suffer from moderate to severe injuries, including head injuries, bruises, hip fractures, and broken bones. Injured slip and fall victims will have excessive fees, including medical and rehabilitation bills to pay.

It is highly recommended that you seek the legal advice of an experienced personal injury attorney if you or someone you know are suffering from injuries caused by a slip and fall accident.

 

Slip and Fall Claims in Connecticut

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 19,565 people deaths every year from slip and fall accidents. People slip and fall anywhere, but most of these accidents occur at the workplace. Slip and fall injuries account for about 12-15% of all workers compensation fees, costing employers about $40,000 per incident. Depending on the industry, there can be several hazardous factors that cause slip and falls. Workers in the industrial, construction and medical industries are more at risk to slip and fall on the job than employees in other industries. Hazardous factors like ground cracks, wet floors, equipment malfunctions, greasy floors, and cluttered wires can all result in slip and fall injuries on the job.

Slip and falls are also prone to happen in public areas. If you were injured from a slip and fall in a public restroom, store, or sidewalk due to unkempt facilities, you are entitled to compensation.

Property owner negligence is difficult to prove in comparison to other injury cases. Typically, there is one person involved in a slip and fall, making it harder to hold another party responsible. To have a greater chance of winning damages in Connecticut, victims must prove that the property owner failed to deliver an obligation promised to them.  There are an enormous number of factors that can lead to a dangerous slip and fall accident including but not limited to, poorly lit areas, unsafe stairs or handrails, unsafe walking surfaces and non-slip floors.  Before you talk to anybody or sign anything about your accident make sure you speak with an experienced personal injury attorney to learn your rights.

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