Slip and Falls Can Occur in the Summer: Here’s How
When you think of slip and fall accidents, do you automatically imagine somebody falling on the ice? Though that is certainly a common scenario, it is by no means the only way that people can be injured in a slip and fall. In fact, according to a study done by the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), there are 8 million emergency room visits blamed on slip and fall accidents each and every year – and rather than most of them being caused by snow or ice, 25% of them are a result of a problem with flooring and the rest are due to other problems. Slip and falls can occur in the summer as easily in the winter, and are often a result of negligence on the part of a property owner. If you have been hurt in a slip and fall accident and you believe that it was caused by somebody not paying close enough attention to the property that they manage or own, then the attorneys at Perkins Injury Lawyers can help. We are dedicated to thoroughly investigating accidents to determine their cause, and if they are a result of negligence, we make sure that the person who has been hurt gets the justice they deserve.
Slip and fall accidents can happen just about anywhere. Whether you’re in the relative safety of your own home or out shopping, at work or at play. Roughly one out of every three people who get hurt in a fall is 65 or older, and the injuries that they suffer range from minor bumps and bruises to life-threatening injuries. Medical bills to treat fractures, traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries can quickly grow to astronomical levels, and require not only recovery and rehabilitation but extensive time away from work for both the victim and the person responsible for their care. Though slip and fall injuries can be weather related, some of the most common causes of accidents include:
- Wet floors
- Uneven flooring or loose carpeting
- Poorly maintained sidewalks or walkways
- Stairways that are broken or too narrow
- Unguarded holes
- Loose or faulty handrails
- Poor lighting
During the summer months, there are increased risks of accidents occurring in areas that are wet, such as pools, or anywhere where children who have been in pools, sprinklers or water slides may have dripped water onto floors.
The attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers understand that these types of accidents can be extremely painful, and even life altering. The simple act of trying to avoid falling can lead to any injury that creates a lifetime of pain. If you have been hurt in a slip and fall accident during the summer or at any time of year, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, your lost wages, and your pain and suffering. Call us today to set up a free consultation to discuss what happened to you. We will listen carefully, answer all your questions, and give you a good understanding of your rights and how we can help.