When you’ve been injured in a slip and fall on someone else’s property (residential or commercial) it’s possible the property owner’s negligence may have been a part in what happened. Arkansas law mandates that the owners and operators of publicly accessed establishments like grocery stores, apartment complexes, and convenience stores take certain precautions to protect people on that property from falling.
How common are slip and fall accidents?
According to The National Floor Safety Institute, 21% of all emergency room visits nationwide are caused by slip and fall accidents. Many slips and falls occur in the home, but a significant portion of them happen in public places.
What causes these falls?
One of the leading causes of slip and fall accidents is the choice of flooring materials. Certain items like carpets, rugs, and floor mats can be extremely dangerous. Poor maintained or inadequate flooring is also a leading cause of commercial slip and falls.
How serious and dangerous can these falls be?
Injuries from a slip and fall accident can be very serious, even fatal for people 65 years or older. Approximately five percent of slip and falls involve broken bones. The most common broken bone in a slip and fall accident is the hip bone. This can result in hospitalization, serious complications, secondary infection, and even death.
How an Injury Attorney Can Help
If you’re injured in a slip and fall accident, Arkansas law may give you the right to recover from the responsible party within three years of the accident. If someone else’s negligence causes your slip and fall, they may owe you compensation for your financial losses and suffering. An experienced injury attorney can help you determine the value of your claim and bring the appropriate action for recovery. To win your claim, your personal injury attorney will prove that the business or building owner did not meet premises liability, meaning they did not maintain an adequate level of safety for those on the premise and that you were injured as a result. Recovering from a slip and fall accident can be stressful, you don’t need to go through it alone.
If you or a loved one has been harmed because of slipping and falling, call Shawn Daniels at Daniels Law Firm.
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