When property owners become neglectful, they can unknowingly create a dangerous situation. “Slip and fall” accidents can happen anywhere. Falls that occur inside could be the result of bad flooring, wet walkways, poorly lit steps, or hidden defects. Icy patches, cracks in the sidewalk, weather-related conditions, and potholes are the most common causes of slip and fall accidents outdoors.
Fortunately, falls often result in minor injuries that heal quickly. However, slip and fall accidents have caused severe, debilitating problems, including head, brain, and spinal cord injury, herniated disc, bone fractures or breaks, and sprains. The neck, shoulder, and knee are also major areas prone to injury during a fall.
Property owners with dangerous conditions on their premises may be liable for accidents if they are aware of the conditions and take no action to fix them. The most common conditions attributed to owner negligence include:
- Broken stairwells or dangerous landing areas
- Dangerous sidewalks, cracks in sidewalks, and potholes
- Defective, inadequate, or inoperative lighting
- Failure to warn or correct of hazardous or dangerous conditions
- Slippery or wet floors
Recently, The McAleer Law Firm filed a claim for damages against McDonald’s on behalf of a woman who slipped on an area that had recently been mopped. The McDonald’s employee failed to post wet floor signs in the appropriate locations and thereby created an unreasonably dangerous and hazardous situation for customers. The Firm’s client sustained permanent injuries and incurred hefty medical bills to treat the injuries. McAleer Law was able to settle the case just before trial for a substantial six-figure sum.
In cases like this, large corporations will not “go down without a fight.” In other words, when the victim sustains serious injury and the damages are potentially large, well-heeled corporations will fight even though they will likely compensate the victim in the end.
If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident, the property owners may be responsible for your accident. When you have questions, do not hesitate to consult a legal professional.
About McAleer Law:
McAleer Law—Decatur, Georgia’s preeminent personal injury, worker’s compensation, and Social Security Disability firm—has been representing plaintiffs and injured workers for more than ten years. Specializing in lost wage, medical expense, pain/suffering, lost quality of life, and psychological injury cases, founder Charles McAleer guarantees his clients personal attention, diligence, and unparalleled service quality. For more information on Charles McAleer and the McAleer Law Firm visit www.McAleerLaw.com, “like” McAleer Law on Facebook, or follow @McAleerLawFirm on Twitter.