The winter season can be the most dangerous time of year when it comes to slip-and-fall accidents. This is especially true after a snow storm or under icy, slippery conditions. When snow and ice accumulate on driveways, walkways, outdoor stairways, parking lots, and sidewalks, there is a heightened risk for slip-and-fall accidents that could result in severe injuries with long-term consequences. If you have been injured in a slip-and-fall accident in the Providence area, it is important to speak to an experienced slip-and-fall lawyer who may be able to file a slip-and-fall lawsuit on your behalf.
How Common are Slip-and-Fall Injuries?
Slip-and-fall accidents are a common cause of injury in the United States. In fact, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that approximately 3 million people are treated in emergency rooms each year for fall-related injuries. Slip-and-fall accidents account for 15% of all work-related injuries and make up between 12 to 15% of all workers’ compensation injuries.
The CDC also estimates that 20 to 30% of people who take a fall will suffer moderate to severe injuries such as head injuries or hip fractures. Slip-and-fall accidents are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Studies further indicate that almost 80% of slip-and-fall accidents on snow and ice occur in parking lots or on sidewalks where there is likely to be high foot traffic.
Can I get Compensation for my Slip-and-Fall Injuries?
Depending on the facts of your case, the owner of the property where the fall happened may be responsible for compensating you for any injuries you suffered as a result of the fall. Business owners are required to keep their property reasonably safe for the public. During the winter months, this means clearing ice and snow from walkways, stairs, ramps, parking lots, and any other area where the public may walk on the property. Failure to do this can cause a dangerous condition and lead to falls. If you are injured as a result of a dangerous condition at a store or other business, the owner may be held responsible for your injuries.
What if I am Injured on Rented or Public Property?
Under Rhode Island’s Residential Landlord and Tenant Act, a landlord or property owner has a legal obligation to keep common areas such as walkways, stairways, and parking lots clear of snow and ice. If the landlord or owner fails to maintain these areas in a safe manner, and you are injured as a result, it may mean they will have to compensate you for your injuries. In the case of public property, such as a public sidewalk or walkway, the city, county or governmental agency responsible for the upkeep of the property may be held responsible if you fall and injure yourself because of dangerous conditions.
Contact an Experienced Providence Slip-and-Fall Lawyer
If you or someone you know has been injured in a Providence slip-and-fall accident, contact one of our experienced Providence slip-and-fall lawyers located at 390 Broadway, Providence RI. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering, among other losses. There are no legal fees unless you receive an award or settlement. 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.