Rental Property Liability for Slips and Falls

Injured by a slip and fall at a rental property? When is the landlord responsible? When it comes to slip and fall accidents, the truth of the matter is that they can occur anywhere and to anyone. They most commonly occur in grocery stores, restaurants, and other privately owned businesses. However, a slip and fall accident can occur on your rental property as well. In certain circumstances, you may have grounds to sue your landlord or the owner of the property if their negligence caused your injuries. Each year falls account for over eight million emergency room visits, making them the leading cause of visits at 21.3%. Falls can be from heights, or because of a slip. For example, a fall in an apartment complex could occur because of a broken or loose stair. Can a Landlord Be Negligent for a Slip and Fall Injury? In short, yes. There are many ways that a landlord can be negligent. As a result of their negligence, accidents can occur. If those accidents lead to injury, they could be liable and served a lawsuit. Dangerous Conditions It’s a landlord’s job to ensure that the living space is habitable and reasonably free of dangers. They must keep...

Workplace Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents are not uncommon in workplaces. Because of regulations and liabilities in workplaces, these kinds of accidents are unique. Slips and falls are incredibly common, especially in dangerous workplaces, or when negligence occurs. Negligence refers to the failure to take proper care in doing something. This means that if someone were to haphazardly clean a floor, or not put down a “wet floor” sign, and then someone else were to get injured, the person who didn’t properly clean the floor was being negligent. These types of accidents account for one out of every four workplace injury that results in missing days of work. While these accidents may seem minor, they cause many injuries every single year. They also cause many people to miss days, weeks, and sometimes months of work. How to Prevent Slip and Falls in the Workplace According to OSHA (The Occupational Safety and Health Administration), 15% of all accidents deaths are caused by slip and fall accidents. So, what exactly is causing all of these accidents, and what can be done to stop them from happening? Safety First off, safety. Safe work environments turn out less injuries than unsafe ones, for good reason. Workplaces that care about the...

How a Traumatic Brain Injury Can Affect Your Life

Brain Injuries Can Change Your Life after an Accident or Illness The effects of a traumatic brain injury after an accident or illness can be long lasting and often permanent. While rehabilitation is possible, survivors of moderate or severe TBIs do face new obstacles and need to make adjustments to their way of life. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can be devastating; they can be emotionally and physically devastating, but they can also be financially devastating. What is a Traumatic Brain Injury? According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, a traumatic brain injury is a form of acquired brain injury. That means it’s not genetic, but a result of damage from the outside world. A TBI can develop when the head suddenly and violently hits an object, like a whiplash, or when an object pierces the skull and enters brain tissue. Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury According to the CDC, slip and falls are the most common cause of TBIs. Over 1.3 million TBIs are attributed to falls annually. Consequently, the elderly who are more prone to falls are uniquely at risk. Car accidents and other non motor-vehicle related blows to the head are responsible for many TBIs as well. The latter includes physical fights and violent attacks. Athletes, especially those...

Brain and Spine Injuries as a Result of Slip and Fall Accidents

Brain and spine injuries due to a slip and fall accident are more common than you think. Additionally, they can affect your overall life quality. Imagine getting out of the bathroom and walking toward your table in a restaurant. Suddenly, you slip on someone’s spilled drink, fall, and hit the back of your head on the floor. Not only is your night ruined, but potentially your long-term health too. Continue reading to learn more about those injuries and how to deal with the legal opportunities that arise. Slip and Fall Statistics According to the National Floor Safety Institute, slip and fall accidents account for 12% of total falls. Based on these statistics, there are over 1 million hospital emergency room visits every year. 5% of all falls result in fractures, which hold serious consequences for people who suffer from them. Death isn’t the leading consequence of slip and fall accidents, but they do occur, especially among people over the age of 65. However, such accidents often result in large hospital bills, missed days from work, and reduced quality of life due to pain. Brain Injury Statistics According to the CDC, falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries. Every year more than 800 000 people...

Common Florida Slip and Fall Injuries

Trip and Fall Injuries at the Center of Most Injury Claims Slip and fall accidents are surprisingly common occurrences that many might assume are fairly low intensity. To be fair, many occasions where people slip and fall because of a slippery surface or walking obstruction result in fairly mild injuries like scratches, bruises, or mild sprains. However, there are plenty of occasions where people end up hitting the ground or another surface in a rough way so that they suffer severe injuries. Typically there are a few types of injuries that people involved in slip and fall accidents tend to suffer more than others. Florida Slip and Fall Accident Claims When someone suffers a severe injury as a result of a slip and fall accident they will likely suffer significant damages that can drastically affect their life. Extensive medical bills for surgeries, medications, and therapy can drain finances and can sometimes become recurring costs. You can lose wages during recovery or have your ability to work affected. You can seek compensation for these damages and more by filing a slip and fall injury claim. If your injuries were caused by a slip and fall accident that occurred because of a liable party’s...