The town of Springfield, Missouri recently settled with a Florida man for $200,000 after he suffered a knee injury from slipping and falling on one of the town’s decorated storm drains.
The city was at fault because the storm drain had not been resealed and had “fallen off the maintenance schedule.”
The man’s knee injury is a common one in slip-and-fall accidents, and in this issue, we’ll look at others.
According to the National Safety Council (NSC), slip-and-fall accidents are responsible for more than 9 million visits to the emergency room annually. Worse than that, they are the #1 cause of unintentional deaths in the U.S.
While it’s obviously true that you can experience a slip-and-fall accident because of your own negligence, the ones that wind up in litigation are the ones that occur on business property or on property owned by someone else.
For example, some of the more common causes for slip-and-fall accidents include debris that’s been left on the floor; a floor that’s wet without any signage warning others of the danger; and surfaces that are uneven (much like what happened in the case mentioned above).
Because the whole body is exposed during most slip-and-fall accidents, the types of possible injuries can run the gamut. However, the most common ones are:
We’ve talked before about steps to take if you’re involved in a slip-and-fall accident.
Injuries can take a while to make themselves known. That’s why it’s important to have a full medical examination by your doctor.
Get in touch with us here at Barber & Associates. The first consultation is always free.
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Auto accidents can happen to anyone at any time, regardless of how defensive someone may be behind the wheel. If you or someone you love has been harmed in such an incident, you have legal rights and options that need to be explored.