Slips, trips and falls are one of the leading causes of unintentional injury and the second-leading cause of unintentional death in the United States, according to the National Safety Council. These types of accidents can be the result of any number of hazards, from loose rugs to pavement cracks.
When a victim suffers significant injury in an accident that occurred on another’s property in Cleveland, there is a possibility he or she will be able to file a premises liability claim against the property owner or other responsible party. There are several mitigating factors, however, and a serious premises liability case generally necessitates legal counsel.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
Hazards come in many forms; victims can slip, trip, fall and suffer injury due to virtually any factor in any setting. They may occur in retail stores, parking lots, hospitals, construction sites, airports, hotels, gas stations or apartment complexes.
Some of the most common types of slip and fall accidents can be attributed to:
- slick surfaces (water, ice, snow);
- poor lighting;
- loose carpet;
- uneven flooring;
- defective sidewalks;
- loose stairway railings;
- out-of-place equipment, cargo or merchandise;
- sudden changes in the elevation of a flooring surface;
- inadequate signage at construction sites;
- unguarded heights;
- malfunctioning elevators; and
- loose doorway thresholds.
Common Types of Slip and Fall Injuries
Some of the most common slip and fall injuries that may warrant seeking a personal injury settlement include:
- back and neck injuries;
- spinal cord injuries;
- head trauma and traumatic brain injuries;
- severe strains and sprains;
- internal organ injuries;
- extensive damage to teeth;
- paralysis; and
Serious slip and fall injuries can rack up millions of dollars in medical bills, not to mention horrifically impact an individual’s and his or her family’s life. When the accident was the result of the negligence or carelessness of another party, victims can and should seek compensation for their damages.
The Importance of Swift Legal Action
Minor slips and falls occur all the time and don’t require legal action. However, major incidences that inflict serious damages do require swift legal action.
It’s important to take action as soon as possible after an accident on another party’s property:
1) because your attorney will need to take immediate steps to preserve the evidence necessary to prove your claim; and
2) because Ohio has a two-year statute of limitations on premises liability claims. If you overstep that time limit, your rights to compensation from a negligence case will be nullified.
Consult a Slip and Fall Lawyer Free of Charge
If you or someone you love were seriously injured in a slip and fall accident in Cleveland, we invite you to call our team at Bressman Law. When we speak to you, we will listen to the basics about your case, determine if and who can be held legally responsible and discuss your options for pursuing compensation.
Contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation today at 877-538-1116.