Many people presume that slip and fall accidents are minor incidents that rarely result in anything more than bumps or bruises. This is not, however, the case. Every year, slip, trip, and fall accidents result in severe injuries in Indiana. Slip and fall accidents can be truly life-altering. They are in fact the second leading cause of accidental death behind motor vehicle accidents and they result in approximately 17,000 deaths per year. Indiana slip and fall accidents frequently result in catastrophic injuries including debilitating head injuries and spinal injuries.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a serious slip, trip, and fall accident in Indiana, the attorneys at Glaser and Ebbs can conduct a thorough investigation into the accident in order to evaluate your right to compensation. We will seek the compensation you need to pay your medical expenses, lost wages, diminished quality of life, and other costs. If you have suffered any devastating injuries as the result of a premises liability accident, you may be entitled to the full value of your loss including intangible damages like pain and suffering.
Some Causes of Serious Slip, Trip, and Fall Accidents
Premises liability accidents may be caused by a wide variety of hazards including wet surfaces, broken stairs, stairs lacking handrails, or simple debris on the ground. Property owners may have an obligation to warn of particular hazardous conditions. It is the responsibility of property owners to keep their premises reasonably safe. Guests and other citizens have a right to assume that certain spaces and premises will be safe for their regular use.
Here is a list of some of the most common reasons why slip and fall accidents occur:
1. Improper Footwear
Many fashionable shoes do not provide proper traction or support and should be worn with caution. Sometimes even sneakers and work boots can wear down and lose traction over time. It is important to think ahead and wear appropriate shoes for every circumstance.
2. Wet or Waxed Floors
If a surface is shiny it is probably slippery, always approach with caution. If you are a home or business owner, think ahead to identify the best times to wash or wax your floors when there is the least chance of someone walking in the area.
3. Uneven Floors or Torn Carpets
More than just an eyesore, these issues can really trip people up and should be addressed promptly. Sometimes temporary solutions like applying duct tape to frayed carpet edges can provide a partial fix until you have a chance to fully resolve the issue.
4. Lack of Warning
Most people look ahead and not down when they are walking. As a result, it is easy to be taken by surprise on slippery or uneven surfaces. Placing a caution sign can go a long way in preventing a fall.
5. Poor Lighting
With inadequate lighting, people are not as able to avoid potential hazards that could cause a fall. Keep extra light bulbs on hand to ensure traveled areas are well lit at all times.
Never underestimate the damage that can be caused by unnoticed clutter. Cords and wires need to be kept out of walking areas. Regular housekeeping and maintenance are essential in public spaces.
7. Stairways in Need of Repair
Over time stairs can become worn out and in need of repair. Property owners are responsible for making these repairs to prevent dangerous conditions. Be aware of rounded edges, clutter, loose handrails, and unstable materials.
8. Snow or Ice Covered Walkways
Although homeowners and business owners alike cannot prevent bad weather from creating dangerous walking conditions, they still have the duty to minimize the risk of harm for visitors.
The Indiana Personal Injury Attorneys at Glaser & Ebbs are skilled at representing clients and their family members injured in personal injury accidents. It often takes legal action to receive fair compensation in these cases. Contact Glaser & Ebbs to learn more about your legal rights and options.