Slip and fall accidents can sound minimal to those who have never taken a tumble onto a hard surface. The feeling of falling is akin to the dreams you wake up from when you seemingly plummet from the top of a cliff. In a slip and fall accident, you think the moment of impact will never occur, all the time bracing yourself for it. The simple act of falling from a walking or standing position can have dire consequences on your back, knees, spine, or even brain, which could impact you for years to come.
Slip and fall accidents refer to an accident that occurs when a guest on a company or individual’s property slips on an object left in their path. This could include spilled water, banana peel, icy sidewalks, and other items. While a property owner has a specific duty to keep their property free from hazards, owners have a heightened duty to protect guests from any property defects which they should know about. Even a trespasser is guaranteed certain protection from hidden dangers on the property. A property owner should be held liable for any accident which occurs on the property, even if they were unaware that a danger existed on the property. This high standard of care is meant to protect guests who visit property and offer an avenue for recovery options after an injury occurs.
A victim of a slip and fall accident may have to spend time in the hospital and weeks or months in rehabilitative care. Slip and fall accidents take a dangerous turn in winter months when sidewalks may be icy (even in Texas) and when they occur to the elderly. A fall on a carpeted floor could lead to broken bones for the elderly, and a fall onto a hard surface could do even further damage. Children are also susceptible to extreme injuries in a slip and fall accident and are more likely to run through property, without carefully scanning for any objects that could cause injury.
An experienced personal injury attorney will assist you in drafting your claim for damages, which should include the following:
The property owner has a duty of care to protect all visitors to their property and the failure to keep the property safe and free from hazards results in their liability for any injuries that occur.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a slip and fall accident, do not hesitate to contact the attorneys of Sadler & Sadler. Our attorneys have over 30 years of experience in handling injuries caused by slip and fall accidents, including those which have led to a complete lifestyle change. We will work closely with you in developing your claim for damages and understand how devastating an injury can be on your life. Contact our San Antonio office today for your initial free consultation.