After suffering serious injuries from a slip and fall accident, the young Warwick man called the Warwick slip and fall lawyers at d’Oliveira & Associates for help. He had been leaving school that day and was headed towards the parking lot when he slipped and fell on an icy walkway that had not been properly cleared by the maintenance personnel at the school. Due to the fall, he suffered a broken leg and dislocated foot. He had to stay home from school while his injuries healed and hired a tutor to keep up with his classes. The experienced Rhode Island slip and fall lawyers at d’Oliveira and Associates maintained joint responsibility on his case with another lawyer who was able to negotiate a large slip and fall settlement on his behalf.
Who Can be Held Responsible for a Fall that Happens in a Public Place?
If you are injured by a fall in a public place like a public school, a restaurant, a pub or a shopping center, the owner of the property can be held responsible for your injuries. This is because owners of stores and other places open to the public have a legal duty to maintain the premises in a safe condition and to take proactive steps to minimize injuries. When a property owner fails to take these steps, and an injury occurs as a result, they can be responsible for the resulting damages. The critical factor that you must show is that the fall was caused by a failure of the property owner to keep the premises safe in order to be successful in a Warwick slip and fall lawsuit.
What Kind of Injuries can Happen After a Fall?
While most falls result in only minor injuries, there can be serious and long-term consequences after a slip and fall accident. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 800,000 people are hospitalized every year due to fall related injuries. The majority of these injuries involve trauma to the head and broken or fractured bones. In fact, the CDC lists falls as the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries, which can have long lasting effects and result in difficulty concentrating and painful headaches. Injuries involving broken bones or fractures can also put a serious strain on everyday activities and often require ongoing therapy. Other common injuries that can be caused by falls include:
- Severe bruising
- Hip factures
- Wrist, arm, and ankle fractures
- Spinal injuries
- Head trauma
Contact an Experienced Warwick Slip and Fall Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured due to a slip and fall accident, contact one of our experienced Warwick slip and fall lawyers located at 88F Jefferson Blvd. Warwick, RI. You may be entitled to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. No fees are received unless you get a settlement or award. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call us at 1-401-490-6907 or toll free at 1-800-992-6878. You may also fill out our contact form online.