If you, unfortunately, fall in a public place, such as a restaurant, pub or 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 must maintain the premises in a safe condition, while taking 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 crucial factor is that you must show is that the fall was caused by the inattention of the property owner in order to be successful in a Providence 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 fall. 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 on every day activities and result in difficulty concentrating and painful headaches. Other common injuries that can be caused by falls include:
- Severe bruising
- Hip factures
- Wrist, arm, and ankle fractures
- Spinal injuries
- Head trauma
What Kinds of Conditions Should You be on the Lookout for in Public Places?
Supermarkets, pubs, nightclubs, shops, cafes, and restaurants are some of the most likely places for a slip and fall accident to occur. It is important to be aware of certain conditions and hazards in order to avoid injury. First, always be on the lookout for slippery or wet surfaces. Spills in establishments where food is served are very common and if not properly taken care of can easily cause a fall. Next, pay attention to the condition of stairways, entrances, and walkways. Loose bricks, debris, unsecure carpeting or a lack of handrails can all easily contribute to injury. If you are injured in a slip and fall accident, it is important to take note of the conditions that lead to the fall. It is a good idea to take photos and get names of any witnesses if you are able.
Contact an Experienced Providence 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 Providence slip and fall lawyers located at 390 Broadway, Providence, RI 02909. 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 win your case. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call us at 1-401-831-8600 or toll free at 1-800-992-6878. You may also fill out our contact form online.